About six months later, I decided that maybe I needed more of inspiration, or I needed more in my life so I tried it again. And that meeting must have clicked, because ever since then I've been a steady member of the men's group here in the parish. And I truly think that I've become a better father, a better husband. And hopefully, a better man, a man of God."
"What I found through joining the group and participating in the weekly sessions or bi-weekly sessions was that I learned that I wasn't alone having difficulties and there's a good deal of support that comes from that recognition. Many men have gone through similar kinds of experiences as I had and simply being aware of that provides some sense of support. Another thing you learn from these kinds of experiences is that you think you have it bad, and you begin feel sorry for yourself, but you learn through hearing about other men's issues and problems in their lives that the issues that you're dealing with aren't quite so bad.
I've been at this for ten years and I consider it one of the most important aspects of my life now. I think it's transformed me into hopefully being a better husband, a better father, a better friend. I had been very self-centered through my earlier years in the business world and was striving for all the things that success in the business world brings to my family and me. And now I've got a different set of values as a result of spending this 10 years with this men's group."
"What prompted me to continue being a member of this men's fellowship is the ability that I can come here and I can share with these men in confidentiality. I can pray with them, we can sing, but I think what's really important is that I can cry with them, and I can laugh with them, and we're all one body."
"I've been with the men's group for about 7 years. I've used the men's group as a bridge back to spirituality. I was living outside the Church, married away from the Church about 30 years. Since I've been back with this group, it's made a big change in my life. My wife and I were remarried in the Catholic Church. I've been back to the faith. I'm active in the Church. It's been a wonderful thing for me, and I'd urge other men who have fallen away to come join a group like this. Come back."