KAPAUN'S MEN GROUP
Kapaun's Men is an initiative begun and led by men that is designed to foster fellowship, conversion, faith, leadership and accompaniment among men. Whether you have two or 200 men, and whether you incorporate it into an existing men's group or start from scratch, three simple elements make up the Kapaun's Men experience:
Prayer is an essential component of our relationship with God; it strengthens us and opens us up to His grace. Kapaun's Men begin their sessions with a prayer to Father Kapaun and end with Three Hail Mary's. Intercessions for each other's needs are also included in the meetings.
Formation means great Catholic content that not only feeds and nourishes us individually, but also helps focus and direct our group discussion. Kapaun's Men offers three original series based on the life and spirituality of Father Kapaun, as well as recommendations for other great resources that are accessible to men at all stages of their faith.
This is where the lasting impact of Kapaun's Men really starts to take hold. Discussion is centered around our faith and things that will lead us to heaven. No program on its own will solve the world's problems, but real discussion forms lasting relationships that inspire and encourage us and have a profound impact on our lives.
logistics and planning
These three elements will be the foundation of your Kapaun's Men group. To get started, you'll want to establish a core leadership team. Kapaun's Men is designed to be led by men, so while it's important to get your pastor's approval, he won't be required to do a lot of work. Check out our "Operations Manual" for more details on starting a group, as well as the resources for advertising and recruiting below.
There are many ways to reach out to men- through posters, the parish bulletin, emails- but the best way that we have found is what we like to call hand-to-hand combat. Men are generally hungry for formation and fellowship with other men, but often don't take the initiative on their own. When another man makes a personal ask, the chances of an affirmative response rise drastically. Paired with support from your pastor, personal invitations work wonders.
That said, we are happy to help cover your bases. Feel free to use these posters and flyers to help advertise your group, as well as directing people to the trailer and first video on the website.