Men's Ministry


“The needs of men and women have to be attended to not only through what is communal, but also through what is specific to them.”  Most Rev Michael E Putney 



As Church we look to ways of forming and supporting men and men’s spirituality. A variety of opportunities are available in the diocese to develop and /or enhance Men’s Ministry in parishes. Parish based initiatives include: Men’s Breakfast groups, Father and Son events, Men’s Retreats and informal groups of men who meet and pray together. Some of these may form a part of parish family group/ministry activities.


menALIVE is a National Catholic Ministry to Men which was founded out of a response to a great need in the hearts and lives of men, and a great need in the life of the Catholic Church.

The purpose of menAlive is to bring men together, to renew their faith in God and to encourage them to become an active force of renewal in the Church.


menALIVE Men's Weekends

menALIVE Weekends will be held in the Diocese on the following dates:

Kincumber Parish 19-20 March 2016 - for details and registration please visit the Event Page
Wahroonga Parish 10-11 September 2016
Chatswood Parish 24-25 September 2016
Gosford Parish 22-23 October 2016

Find out more about menALIVE at


The Catenian Association is an international body of proudly Catholic laymen who meet at least once a month in local units called Circles, to enjoy each other's company and thereby strengthen their family life and faith through friendship. It is open to laymen (men baptised or received into the Catholic Church) from the age of 18 years. 

The Association has a number of objectives:

  • To foster deep and long lasting friendships among members and their families;
  • To provide benevolence of a spiritual, moral and financial nature to members and their families who find themselves in difficulty or need;
  • To provide support to the Clergy;
  • To advance the interests of young Catholics and assist them in the choice or pursuit of career.

A number of Catenian Circles operate within the Broken Bay Diocese.

Find out more about Catenians at


How to Grow a Men’s Ministry by Robert Falzon

Robert Falzon in his book How to Grow a Men’s Ministry wrote “I hope that every man who comes in contact with men’s ministry discovers a place where he experiences respect and is able to explore the core dimensions of his sense of self, his intrinsic worth and the value of the unique contribution he makes in the world”.

This book is available in the David Walker library at the Caroline Chisholm Centre, Pennant Hills.

What fatherhood looks like in 21st Century Australia - McCrindle Research

Celebrating Fatherhood Kit

This Kit from the Australian Catholic Marriage and Family Council is offered for use around Father’s Day. It continues to be current subject to updating as to the current year’s date of Father’s Day.



The Fathering Project

The Fathering Project is a University of Western Australia-based non-profit team of professionals whose aim is to help fathers realise how important they are in a child’s life and to give them advice on how to encourage their children.
Their work is also aimed at father figures such as grandfathers, stepfathers, uncles, mentors, youth leaders, teachers, pastors and coaches, recognizing that many children do not have much father contact at all. The website contains many practical tips for fathers/father figures.

Fatherhood Foundation

The mission of the Fatherhood Foundation is to improve the well-being of children by increasing the proportion of children growing up with involved, responsible, committed and loving fathers. The website contains many practical tips for fathers.

Men and Family Relationships - CatholicCare

CatholicCare provides phone support, pre-mediation and Family Law information, counselling and parenting skills training and support.
These programs help men better manage relationships with their partners, mothers of their children, children and step-children. Community education activities, including seminars and events, are also available.

Men, husband, fathers … Called to be Heroes

Dads make a difference - series from NSW Department of Family & Community Services

Dad’s Toolkit Building Blocks & Talking Tools for dads with children 0-8 yrs
Promoted by Department of Family & Community Services and Relationships Australia.

Pope Francis Speaks on the theme of Fathers

Workaholic fathers turning children into orphans.

Play with your kids, be strong, loving, moral role models.


Fathers must be patient. Often there is nothing else to do but wait; pray and wait with patience, gentleness, magnanimity and mercy. 


For further information, please contact:

David Patterson
Phone: 9847 0514

Catholic Diocese of
Broken Bay

Building 2, 423 Pennant Hills Road
Pennant Hills NSW 2120

PO Box 340
Pennant Hills NSW 1715

Phone 02 9847 0000
Fax 02 9847 0001

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