Coming Soon: Fraternitas, a Place for Men

June 1, 2015

One warm summer night, I sat with a group of Catholic friends inside a local pub. The low light shone dimly on the wood paneled walls, the air thick with the roar of conversation. “A toast to the kingdom,” one of said as we clinked our frothy pint glasses, filled to the brim with various ales and porters. “And to our Lady,” another added enthusiastically.

For the next several hours, we laughed and argued, discussed and pondered. We talked about our jobs. Our families. Our dreams. And most of all, our faith.

As we left to go our separate ways, we parted as brothers—strengthened, encouraged, and proud to be Catholic.

A Band of Brothers

There are few things as enjoyable or encouraging as this kind of faith-filled camaraderie with other Catholic men. Just being together, arguing about big ideas, smoking and drinking, having a good time—all unified in a common bond of faith.

Brotherhood. We need it. We thrive on it. And truth be told, most of us don’t have it.

I want to change that. Today, I am announcing a new society for men that seeks to provide the community and camaraderie. I’m calling it Fraternitas. I’m launching Fraternitas because now, more than ever, we need to be a unified in faith, a band of brothers marching shoulder to shoulder to the kingdom of heaven.

How it Works

What is Fraternitas you ask? First and foremost, Fraternitas is a place exclusively for men. Here’s how it works:

  • Book of the Month: Each month you’ll receive a high quality, hand-picked Catholic book from an trusted publisher. These books will be about things like leadership, family, virtue, spiritual growth, prayer, and much more.
  • Discussion Forums: You will get access to exclusive discussion forums where you can meet other Catholic gentlemen from around the world. Think of it as an online pub.
  • Exclusive Webinars: We’ll feature a live webinar each month where you’ll learn new skills and get to interact with Catholic leaders. It’ll be a lot of fun.
  • The Gentleman’s List: It’s a monthly newsletter featuring worthy apostolates, finely crafted products, Catholic resources, and more.
  • Local Chapters: Online communities are great, but there’s nothing like meeting in person. As a member of Fraternitas, you’ll have the opportunity to start a local chapter in your area. You can talk about the book of the month using provided discussion questions, or just have a beer with other Catholic men.
  • Discounts and Early Access: You’ll be the first to know about upcoming Catholic Gentleman products. And you’ll get a special member discount.
  • Mass Said for Your Intentions: There’s no prayer more powerful than the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Each month, a priest will say Mass for your intentions.

There’s more, but I’ll be sharing more details as the date approaches.

How You Can Join

I’m launching Fraternitas on June 27, the feast of Our Lady of Perpetual help. At the start, membership will be limited. Readers who are subscribed to my e-mail list will be given the first opportunity to sign up. That’s 2,203 of you.

If you haven’t registered for my e-mail list, sign up using the form below to make sure you’ll be eligible when registration opens.

Stay tuned. I look forward to sharing more about Fraternitas in the days ahead.

Sam Guzman

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Reader Interactions


  1. T.M.S.P. says

    Will there be more “offline” stuff in this general genre? Especially for those men struggling with online pornography or other addictions, who have had to limit or eliminate their online access? They, even more than most, need this sort of support, but have an even harder time finding it.

  2. Jim says

    I am part of an informal men’s group within our parish that has come together over the last few years for some similar reasons in your article.

    I really like your idea of having mass intentions and hope you don’t mind my borrowing it?

  3. Adam says

    I can completely relate to this. I go out for drinks with 4 of my brother knights after monthly K of C meetings. These informal outings have become something that I look forward to each month. We have drinks, talk about life, faith, etc. We solve the world’s problems. I strongly believe these outings and the fraternal connections they foster make me a better man.

  4. Mislav says

    God bless you Sam! I am looking foward to Fraternitas… Just one question – Will there be a monthly fee of some kind that the members will have to pay or will the membership be free of charge?

  5. sanctuaryhouse99 says

    This will be a great addition to our sanctuary house and it’s laity brotherhood of the passion of Christ of which you are still listed among ….

    Frank Faas -ka laity bro. Peter Ananias Paul Adam
    Papa Frankq

    • Sam Guzman says

      Their idea sounds less formal and does not have the book club element. You will be able to find similarities between this and other organizations, but I haven’t found anyone doing anything that is exactly like Fraternitas.

    • Pat_h says

      Their site doesn’t allow for comments, which is unfortunate. Of course, when you allow for comments, you get some trolls, but still, it adds to the “fraternity” aspect of the site, and often the comments really develop any one topic to an appreciable degree.

  6. Ellis Spear says

    This sounds great ! Don’t forget to include a component for and about pipe smoking. It is a great way to spend time with our brothers 🙂

  7. Marek says

    I am jealous that I do not have that kind brotherhood group in real life ;( It is a great idea Sam! Catholic friends, good book, BIG problems and topics and good pub, beer (I am a homebrewer) and tobacco! I dream about that!

    Greetings from Ireland!

  8. Greg says

    Sam, our fledgling men’s group (the League of Ordinary Gentlemen) @ Bl John’s, the Ordinariate, Orange Co., Ca., will be breakfasting on Sat. the 13th. Fraternitas will be presented! Feel free to call through and I’ll put on you on speaker. 🙂

  9. Michael Brumley says

    I’m very excited to see how this new fraternity progresses throughout the years. There is little doubt that it will be successful! Do you have a patron saint (or gentleman) in mind? It’s unfortunate that neither GK Chesterton nor Archbishop Fulton Sheen have been canonized, either one of these men would be perfect! Regardless, there are plenty of fine Catholic men to choose from if you choose to do so! I can’t wait to get a local chapter started in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.


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