A Catholic Christian Experience for Regular Guys
Most people don't like wandering into a crowd of strangers. Yet that's what we challenge you to do. If you feel out of sync in your life's journey in your family...in your job...with God...we offer our friendship to walk with you as you find the way back. It's your journey, but we all walk paths with similar shared experiences.
C.S. Lewis describes friendship like this: “Friendship is born at the moment when one man says to another 'What! You too? I thought that no one but myself.'”
F.I.R.E. Ministries exists to affirm the unique gifts in each guy we meet, and to enkindle hope and purpose in those we now call friends. Our mission strengthens men in their walk with Jesus in an active, outdoor, masculine experience.
We are catholic in our ministry, part of our Catholic church and yet not affiliated with a specific parish. Call us a bootstrap ministry. We believe that an invitation accepted by a curious, questioning, lonely, or dispirited man may inspire him to better understand and be confident in his gifts. Like a pebble tossed into a pond whose ripples rush across the water, that man then inspires another to find his way.
Together we work to improve our world, following the example of Christ. "A new commandment I give to you: that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)
We Don't Apologize for Being Outside... On Hard Ground... In Kansas... On Purpose
A man joining us on the annual F.I.R.E. retreat can expect something to blow up and something to burn down. Anticipate physical challenges, spiritual pyrotechnics, rich conversations, great food, contemporary music, funny stories, and an abundance of F.I.R.E.
Feeling lost or a bit alone? We invite you to join us in Fellowship with other Christian men seeking to understand our purpose in this upside down world. Be Inspired by the canvas of God's creation at Prairie Star Ranch - 300 acres of lakes, creeks, trees, wild turkeys and wildlife. Be Renewed as we share the sacraments, sit in silent prayer, and converse with other dads, sons and husbands seeking to better know God as we hike the sometimes rocky trails of our lives. Return to your home, to your workplace, to your church community and Engage as an authentic Christian man with the gifts that God endowed specifically in you on the day He created you.
Fellowship, Inspiration, Renewal and Engagement equal F.I.R.E. The retreat reminds us of the journey that we take together, shoulder to shoulder.
ENGAGE - F.I.R.E. SENDS US OUT TO SERVE
Seeing Jesus in the Faces of Others
Corporal Works of Mercy flow from the teachings of Jesus. He instructed us to treat all strangers as if they were Christ in disguise. Corporal Works "are charitable actions by which we help our neighbors in their bodily needs" (US Catechism for Adults). Catholics must try to meet the basic needs of our brothers and sisters as we journey together through this life. We engage with our community supporting ministries such as those listed here. Check our events page to join us when the Covid clouds clear. Or visit our Forum to learn more about F.I.R.E outreach.
ST. MARY'S FOOD KITCHEN
Serving Hot Lunches to the Hungry
The Willa Gill center relies on volunteers and churches across the city to serve food to the hungry 365 days a year. People in need turn to St. Mary's Food Kitchen for food, homeless case management, mail pick-up, grab and go food for the homeless, job leads, resumes & faxing, personal hygiene kits and more.
ADVICE & AID PREGNANCY CENTERS
Ignatian Spirituality Center
Advice & Aid provides pregnancy testing, STI testing and treatment, Ultrasounds, Medical Referrals and an array of Emotional Services to help women make informed decisions about unplanned pregnancies. The Pathways Dad's Education Support teaches men what it means to be a good Dad.
“In friendship...we think we have chosen our peers. In reality a few years' difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another...the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting--any of these chances might have kept us apart. But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking no chances. A secret master of ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples, "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you," can truly say to every group of Christian friends, "Ye have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another." The friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves
- Sat, Feb 11Williamsburg, KSFeb 11, 7:00 AM – Feb 12, 11:30 AMWilliamsburg, KS, 1124 California Rd, Williamsburg, KS 66095, USAFood, comfortable lodging, hiking trails, rustic lodge, lakes and chapel, campfires and conversation, Mass for $135 to cover costs. Fathers invite your 18+ sons; sons invite your dads or brothers. Family coupon code FatherSons23. Send us a request if you need financial help to attend with us.