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It all started over a decade ago with one meeting. Four men met for breakfast at the Walnut Hills Frisch's in Cincinnati, Ohio. An insurance executive, Tom Young, a Procter & Gamble leader, Kevin Lynch, a financial consultant, Declan O'Sullivan and Father Ken Sommer met to share their lives, pray and listen. After their first meeting, the quartet sent out two hundred letters to men encouraging them to join the fellowship. Ten men responded, and the fellowship was off to its humble start.

The friends did not envision a massive national movement then, nor have they developed such ambitions today. Their goal has been and still is to help other men discover the spiritual riches they found for themselves when they sat down together to pray and share their lives. The fellowship's main purpose is to help small groups of men, usually based in parishes, to meet regularly for prayer and fellowship. The small groups are the key to building fellowship. In addition, one annual rally is held to bring all the men together for a day of song, speakers, witness, praise, repentance and eucharistic celebration. Although these are wonderful mountain top experiences, the real change takes place by participating in a small group regularly.

We believe that Catholic men are really hungry for close male companionship. We began to realize that the backslapping, everything-is-OK attitude begins to be a big lie. We realize we don't have the answers, but we want to pray together. This brings us closer to the Lord. The greater the relationship you have with the Lord, the more successful your life will be.

The message isn't that we should run out and try to save the world, but to take this back to your own family. That's where the saving has to begin.

For a more detailed account of the history of the Cincinnati Catholic Men's Fellowship, click here.



The 2011 ANSWER THE CALL CATHOLIC MEN'S CONFERENCE will be held Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Good Shepherd Parish in Montgomery, OH, northeast of Cincinnati. Check back here often for more details!