Men’s gathering a hub of inspiration and encouragement

An event for men of faith to forge strong friendships, gain support and share experiences will be back in Tasmania at the end of July.

The Australian Catholic Men’s Gathering, now in its second year, aims to inspire and encourage men with a vision for personal discipleship, service and mission.

Archdiocesan Director of the Office of Life, Marriage and Family Ben Smith said the Australian Catholic Bishops initiative offered valuable content for men of all ages.

“We have one hub in Launceston and one in Hobart, and the idea is to come together at these hubs for video content, music, good food and time for discussion,” he said.

“In the Year of St Joseph, it is offering men good content to think about, and an opportunity to share with other men about their own experiences and get enthused.”

Mr Smith said the event was particularly important in 2021.

“I think that in the general culture there seems to be a lot of talk about toxic masculinity,” he said.

“Men need some time to reflect on how they can be good fathers and husbands in the 21st century – and young men who might aspire to that – and how they can channel their energies and virtues in a way that is of service to society and the Church.

“We hope men leave these hubs feeling supported in their faith and their own way in which they can be a man in the context of their life. We hope they build deep friendships with other men, and that they feel like the Church is giving them some guidance and recognising them as important stakeholders in the Church.”

The Australian Catholic Men’s Gathering will be held on:

Saturday 31 July, from 9.30am to 3.15pm at Guilford Young College (Hobart Campus) – Click to book.

St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School in Riverside – Click to book.

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