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Catholic Men's Fellowship

About Us

The St. Gertrude Catholic Men's Fellowship aims to encourage men to gather within their parish communities to support each other via, prayer, sharing and fellowship. There are now over 200 such parish groups in the greater Cincinnati area (see the Cincinnati Catholic Men's Fellowship web site at http://www.thecall.org).

St. Gertrude's Men's Fellowship Group meets every 2nd and 4th Saturday in the school cafeteria from 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Coffee and doughnuts are served and we promise to start and end promptly.

The St. Gertrude Catholic Men's Fellowship aims to encourage men to gather in support of one another, in a faith based environment, so as to form stronger and happier families to better cope with the stresses men face each day.

We gather each 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month in the St. Gertrude School Cafeteria from 7:30 am to 9:00 am Coffee and doughnuts are served and we end promptly at 9:00 am.

We discuss our lives in the light of our Catholic faith and share experiences that will benefit us as husbands, fathers and members of the community. We socialize, pray and discuss our faith as well as issues we are grappling with in our everyday lives. In this way, we support, affirm and offer insights to one another about the challenges men encounter in both their home and work lives.

Members of the St. Gertrude Catholic Men's Fellowship strive to reinforce Christian values. We reach out to share those values with others in the group and more broadly within our community. The benefits are clear as we:

  • Cultivate faith based friendships among fellow parishioners, and
  • Have fun, and
  • Learn from one another!

Background

Our Vision sees small pockets of men, meeting in Parishes, linked as Brothers in Jesus Christ so as to prayerfully – and unconditionally – support one another. To raise awareness and create excitement, we organized massive gatherings of Catholic men under the “ANSWER THE CALL” banner. Those events began right here at St. Gertrude in 1995, when Fr. Clem Burns was Pastor, and he hosted the very first Catholic Men’s Conference. We had to turn men away at that initial gathering as the Parish Center was overflowing!

During our peak years, over 10,000 men gathered for a day, in many of the large venues around Cincinnati, to hear nationally recognized Speakers. We celebrated Holy Mass and the Sacrament of Reconciliation with our local Archbishop, area Bishops and over 100 Priests and Deacons. It was awe inspiring to see thousands of men witnessing to their Catholic faith. Our Cincinnati community took notice, as did many cities around the U. S., and this movement took off.

What started in Cincinnati 25 years ago has spread throughout the United States and beyond to places like Guam for example. Events like our “ANSWER THE CALL” Men’s Conferences have been held in more than 60 cities over the years and there are countless Parish based Men’s Fellowship groups active around the country.

All of this has more to do with many men listening to this “call” on their lives, from the Holy Spirit, and responding to it.

St. Gertrude Men's Retreat Recordings

2016 Advent Retreat - Catholic Men's Fellowship; Fr. Gabriel Torretta, O.P. and Fr. Colm Mannion, O.P.
https://app.box.com/s/wp7vhuo3j513xq8qzfzpwtg7xugzmmdw

Catholic Men's Fellowship - Advent Retreat

The annual Catholic Men’s Advent Retreat, sponsored by the St. Gertrude Men’s Fellowship, will be Friday (12/2/16 Evening) and Saturday (12/3) at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center, 5440 Moeller Ave., Cincinnati., OH 45212. Space is available on a “1st Come — 1st Served” basis.

St. Gertrude’s Men’s 2015 Advent Retreat


Sixty-nine men registered for the annual St. Gertrude Catholic Men’s Advent Retreat on December 4 and 5 at the Holy Spirit Center in Norwood. Frs. Ben Croell, O.P. and James Brent, O.P. were our Retreat Masters. They challenged the men to experience the healing presence of God as HE fulfills HIS promise to dwell within us if we love Him and are true to His word!

Catholic Men’s Advent Retreat - 2015

The annual Catholic Men’s Advent Retreat, sponsored by the St. Gertrude Men’s Fellowship, will be Friday (12/4 Evening) and Saturday (12/5) at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center. Space is available on a “1st Come ─ 1st Served” basis. The topic for the retreat is The Healing Presence of God.

Fr. Benedict Croell, O.P. and Fr. James Brent, O.P. will team up as our Retreat Masters. They will challenge attendees to experience the healing presence of God as HE fulfills HIS promise to dwell within us if we love Him and are true to His word!

St. Gertrude Men's 2014 Advent Retreat

Sixty five men participated in the annual St. Gertrude Catholic Men's Advent Retreat on December 5th & 6th at the Holy Spirit Center in Norwood.  Fr. Giles Dimock, O.P., our Retreat Master, encouraged attendees to "GO TO JOSEPH" and emulate his Virtues in our roles as Husbands, Fathers and Parish members.  You may listen to Fr. Giles' talks on the St. Gertrude website (click on the News tab) or at Click Here to listen.

Profile in Stewardship - Kevin Lynch

Kevin Lynch, one of the Co-founders of the Catholic Men’s Fellowship of Greater Cincinnati in 1986, has been a member of St. Gertrude Parish for many years. He served as President of the Cincinnati Fellowship for many years and was Coordinator of the “ANSWER THE CALL” Men’s Conferences for nine years.

Kevin helped establish the National Fellowship of Catholic Men in 1999 and recently retired as the Chief Executive and Trustee of that organization following 10 years of service. He is now stepping down from his leadership of the Parish-based Catholic Men’s Fellowship group at St. Gertrude after several years at the helm. We decided to sit down with Kevin and learn what led to him to help establish the Catholic men’s movement, in Cincinnati and nationally, and why he devoted 25 years of his life to it.

Catholic Men's Fellowship Schedule of Meetings

Catholic Men’s Fellowship

The Catholic Men’s Fellowship of St. Gertrude will gather each 2nd & 4th Saturdays in the School Cafeteria from 7:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Activities start with coffee and doughnuts and all men are invited to attend. This is a terrific opportunity to be with other men of similar interests as we seek to become better husbands, fathers and parish members. For more information, please call Paul Rieger at 513-885-5903.

Contact Name(s): 
Dave Ledwin, Paul Rieger
Contact Phone Number(s): 
513 831-5085, 513 885-5903