The Cosmic Importance
What is the “Rites of Passage”?
The Men’s Rites of Passage is not just another Catholic/Christian men’s retreat, but five days of formal male initiation. These teachings on the “mysteries” and the accompanying rituals of Passover have been met with a very strong response in recent years.
Unfortunately, the proven way to lead males on this journey has been lost to the West for a thousand years. Franciscan priest Fr. Richard Rohr has reclaimed the ancient patterns of rites of passage and designed a modern day retreat for welcoming men into the male spiritual community. Fr. Richard’s work in this area addresses the reality that if men are not led through an inner journey of powerlessness, they will inevitably misunderstand and abuse power.
Over 4,700 men have now been initiated through these rites of male initiation over the past 15 years. Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM, (the creator of the MROP) and MALEs have trained teams of men to do the same. Our Minnesota region MALES organization is offering a Rites of Passage event next summer, June 21-25, 2017 in Sandstone, MN. This site is for men who are interested in filling in an application form. Go to the Registration menu for details and a link to the application form.An application process is required, which is not a “first come, first served” process, but rather a discernment process about an applicant’s readiness.
The Rites of Passage are best for those who have already done some men’s work and who are on a serious spiritual journey. It is best to make this experience as a lone seeker. Fathers and sons are normally not initiated together, nor is it a buddy experience. You may come with friends, but expect to be assigned to a home group where you will be anonymous and start from zero together.
WHAT THE MROP IS ...
A personal discovery about masculine spirituality and ‘the Holy Mystery.’
A time to savor the healing and awesome power of nature.
A process to address issues of loss, grief, and relationships with our father, other men, and others.
An opportunity to examine life’s priorities and ask courageous questions about your ‘next step.’
An invitation to listen to the ‘quiet voice of God.’
A chance to return to life with a renewed commitment to your gifts.
WHAT THE MROP IS NOT ...
A traditional lecture-based retreat.
An informational workshop about men’s spirituality.
A sensitivity training or deprivation experience.
A threatening process that requires participants to engage in anything strange or unsafe.
A test of physical stamina.
Men’s Rites of Passage opportunities for 2019
Washington Men’s Rites of Passage
May 15 – 19, 2019
Southern California’s UMBRALES:
A Bilingual Men’s Rites of Passage
(Spanish and English)
May 29 – June 2, 2019
Minnesota Men’s Rites of Passage
June 19 – 23, 2019
Germany Men’s Rites of Passage
June 26 – June 30, 2019
Ireland Men’s Rites of Passage
July 24-28, 2019
Australia Men’s Rites of Passage
August 20 – 24, 2019
Czech Republic Men’s Rites of Passage
September 11 – 15, 2019
Texas Men’s Rites of Passage
September 11 – 15, 2019
Are you ready to register for the Men’s Rites of Passage (MROP)?
The MROP is a life-changing opportunity. The first step is to visit our registration page and submit your completed application, along with a $50 deposit. If you are accepted, the deposit becomes non-refundable and is applicable to the final payment. Once received, the MN MALES will contact you regarding the status of your application. If accepted, a full confirmation package will be sent to you with further instructions.
Spend this time before an MROP being present to additional inspiration and insight. Be aware of where your life’s journey is calling your attention.