Group encourages men to connect with one another

“It’s a friendly safe space for men from all walks of life to come together.”

That’s a statement from St Joseph’s Men Newcastle creator Curtis Mahoney. After two years of planning, praying and discernment he launched the group earlier this month to encourage men to connect with each other.

“I had this idea to create a men’s group two years ago and I left it to God’s timing,” he said.

“Then about two months ago I met some newly baptised men who had just become Catholics and thought it was a good time to start the group.

 “I wanted to create a space for men to be able to gather and feel safe to just be around one another and talk about what's going on in their lives.

“I am very passionate about men’s mental health, and I think this group could really help people.”

Curtis encourages anyone who is interested to attend one of their meetings – the group will meet during the first week of every month.

“Anyone who is interested should come along and give it a go to experience it for themselves,” Curtis said.

“It’s a great space if you are looking for somewhere to meet others and be yourself – you aren't going to be judged.”

At each meeting, there is time to connect with one another, share a meal, and hear from a guest speaker.

At this month’s meeting a Franciscan Brother delivered a presentation and at the next gathering Chris Lee, from the Broken Bay Diocese, will discuss his conversion/reversion story about how he came to know the everlasting love of God.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 7 June from 6.30pm at the Sydney Junction Hotel. Entry is free.

For more information or to connect with the group, visit St Joseph’s Men Newcastle on Facebook.

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