Fraternity of Spiritual Fathers

Pray • Protect • Promote

Can you give an hour for those who have given everything to the Lord?

The Fraternity of Spiritual Fathers seeks to promote, protect, and pray for religious women by ensuring a Holy Hour is prayed each day for a Religious Sister.

Pope St. John Paul II stated that “Consecrated life is at the very heart of the Church” and constitutes “a decisive element for her mission.”

There is a tremendous need for the holiness, witness, and service of religious women. Today’s Church needs more Spiritual Mothers who have left everything to follow Him. And they need our love, prayers, and support.

Just as Jesus entrusted His Mother to St. Joseph and St. John the Beloved Disciple, He entrusts men to pray for and protect religious women. Men are also called to promote Vocations to Religious Life.

Because Jesus promised to hear the prayers and be with those united in His name (Mt. 18:19–20), seven men unite around a common mission of prayer, protection, and promotion for religious women. Their brotherhood enables them to support, encourage, and challenge one another to accept Jesus’ invitation to become the great saints He created them to be.

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

No matter his state in life, each man is created to be a spiritual father.

The Fraternity of Spiritual Fathers is comprised of Catholic men of all ages and vocations.

It is open to all men who are willing to commit to pray a Holy Hour on a specific day of the week, every week, for one year.

Pope Francis stated that
“Fathers are not born, but made. . .
Whenever a man accepts responsibility for the life of another in some way,
he becomes a father.”

By accepting the responsibility to selflessly pray for a Religious Sister, members of the Fraternity live out their call to spiritual fatherhood. This mission of hidden, sacrificial love calls members to lay down their time and prayer for another in humble, silent, selfless love.

By doing so, they not only support the Church’s Mission and the woman they pray for, they also fulfill the deepest longing of their masculine hearts: by laying down their lives after the model of Jesus’ cruciform love.

  • Each member of the Fraternity joins with six men who commit to pray one Holy Hour a week, for one year.
  • Each man prays on a different day of the week.
  • Ideally, these hours of prayer are offered in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament and for a specific Religious Sister.

While you are encouraged to ask friends to join you in your group, you do not need to find other men to do so.
You may be able to be grouped with specific men or join an existing group if there are openings. Please indicate these details in the application form. The Fraternity Leader will help to organize each fraternity.

No! Each Holy Hour begins with a prayer of self-offering on behalf of the assigned Religious Sister.

After that, each man is able to discern how Jesus is leading him to pray.

Spiritual reading is allowed, but should be limited to allow more prayer time.

In conjunction with the local Fraternity Leader, each Fraternity discerns which Religious Sister the Holy Spirit is calling them to pray for.

Members have the option of proposing a Sister to the FSF Leader when the Fraternity is being formed.

Please complete the Registration Form or give us a call at 440-255-0600 to apply or request more information.

Our Patron Saints

St. Joseph
Chase spouse of Mary and patron of fatherhood, who was entrusted with Mary and Jesus

St. John
Beloved follower of Jesus and patron of loyalty, who entrusted with Mary at the foot of the Cross

St. John Paul II
Courageous man of prayer who promoted and protected Religious Life

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