Men of Saint Joseph



The Men of St. Joseph International have chosen Hebrews 12:1, 2 as our theme verse:

"We for our part are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses, therefore, let us lay aside every encumbrance of sin which clings to us and persevere in running the race which lies ahead. Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, who inspires and perfects our faith." Men of St. Joseph are encouraged to commit themselves to live five promises with the support of other brothers. These promises will help men "lay aside every encumbrance of sin" and "persevere in running the race" as disciples through the grace that comes from Jesus. These promises are not rules that disqualify us from the group if and when we fail to live them out, rather they are ideals that to which we are committed that help us to grow in our Christian journey together. Each of the five promises is based on a principle of Christian discipleship with a practical application. These promises have been integrated into the richness of our faith tradition.

  1. Dedicate your life to the Lord and put him first in every area of your life - participate in Sunday services with your family.
  2. Grow in the grace of Christian discipleship - develop a personal prayer life and participate in a weekday Mass (Catholics) more often (at least once a month).
  3. Live with integrity and honesty - experience the Sacrament of Reconciliation frequently.
  4. Be faithful to your Christian vocation - pray and spend time with your family and establish priorities and balance in your life.
  5. Meet together with brothers for support - gather together with men for an annual conference and seasonal meetings.

These promises are stated in a deliberate order so men will put the Lord first in their life, abide in the Lord, establish correct priorities and become part of a community of men. The large and small group gatherings are intended to help men be more faithful to their family or primary vocation. These gatherings should not take away from family life or make men too busy but assist us in maintaining and reestablishing priorities of God.