What an interesting and great idea!
The youth of today need fathers. They need men who will step into their lives and lead them to the Truth we all long for. They need a few less interesting people in their lives, and one who is a little more interested. Youth ministry as we know it today is a response to the breakdown of the family, arguably the role of the father. However, rather than addressing symptoms, Fraternus deals with a root issue – fatherlessness. Fraternus equips and inspires men to do what only they can do – be spiritual fathers and mentors to the boys in their life. Every man has what it takes, but not every man had a True Mentor as a boy. This is where the Fraternus programming, training and support take a man who is willing, faithful and Catholic and form him into a True Mentor which in return causes an entire transformation in a family, community and the culture.
To mentor boys into virtuous Catholic men.
Unique attributes of Fraternus:
• Parish Based: The program is sponsored by a parish and executed by adult male volunteers from the parish. We recognize the importance of building community, so each FRATERNUS Chapter is integrated into the life of the parish.
• True Mentorship: Boys are formed into virtuous Catholic men through True Mentorship. Our volunteers learn and practice True Mentorship which is a model that consists of three steps: 1. Seeking Holiness, 2. Building friendships and 3. Mentoring.
• Thinking With the Mind of the Church: The content for each week’s topic is centered around the Gospel for the upcoming Sunday Mass. Through discussion, prayer and a concrete challenge centered on Christ’s message each week the Brothers have an opportunity to enter more fully into the prayer and life of the Church.
• Virtue Centered: The FRATERNUS program is centered on practicing virtue: the habitual and firm disposition to do what is good. The content covers the Cardinal and Theological virtues with emphasis on a sacramental life.
• Prayer: Our employees are committed to daily Mass and Eucharistic adoration because the soul of our apostolate is prayer. We believe the success of our labor relies on listening to the Lord and following His lead.
From what little I have seen, this looks like an organization and movement worth supporting.