Man to Man Dad to Dad: Catholic Faith and Fatherhood

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Year: 2013
Publisher: Pauline Books & Media Pages: 144

"It's time to build the next Greatest Generation. If you're a man who has faith even the size of a mustard seed, there is a path for your marriage and your fatherhood that leads to the greatest satisfaction a person can have in this world-the grace and accomplishment of finding your vocation. For true fatherhood is a call from God the Father. This book is designed to help you locate that path and take those first steps along the way the Father has made for you, to be a dad not just in name but in deed. Let us embrace the adventure."
From the Introduction, by Brian Caulfield, editor

What does it mean to be a Catholic man and father today?

About this Book:

The identity and purpose of fathers in contemporary society is more uncertain than ever before. Cultural shifts such as rising rates of divorce and single motherhood, conception through sperm donation and in-vitro fertilization, and the educational and professional advancements of women have confused traditional paternal roles and family unit structures. As a result, a perception has been created whereby fatherhood is undervalued....or altogether unnecessary. But this perception is misguided-especially for Catholic fathers who are vital to supporting the structure of the family unit: the "domestic church."

In this collection of faith-filled reflections by fourteen Catholic men, the value of a Catholic father's identity and purpose is affirmed in the context of modern society. Acknowledging our workaholic tendencies and the constant struggle to strike a balance between family life and work life, fathers are provided with a realistic approach to making their relationships with God, their wives, and children more involved and fulfilling.

Blending personal anecdotes from Catholic fathers, models of fatherhood in Jesus' parables, Scriptural passages, references to other publications, and allusions to Church teachings and figures of authority, this guidebook helps Catholic dads find the path to living as faithful family men through three simple steps: pray, love, confess.

Table of Contents:


  • Foreword by Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan
  • Introduction: Dads in Deed, by Brian Caulfield
  • 1: The Prodigal Son Meets the Forgiving Father, by Mike Aquilina
  • 2: St. Joseph: A Man's Man, by Rick Sarkisian
  • 3: Balancing Work and Home Life: Insights from the Experts, by Brian Caulfield
  • 4: Five Steps for Disciplining Kids, by Ray Guarendi
  • 5: Good Sports for Kids, by Gerald Korson
  • 6: A Father's Vital Presence, by Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers
  • 7: The Best Sex You Will Ever Have, by Jonathan Doyle
  • 8: Theology of the Body for Fathers, by Damon C. Owens
  • 9: Millennials, Morality, and New Evangelization, by Jason Godin
  • 10: Superdad: More Than an Action Figure, by Bill Donaghy
  • 11: You Can Keep Your Kids Catholic, by Patrick Madrid
  • 12: Repairing a Broken Marriage, by Peter Kleponis
  • 13: Breaking the Chains of Porn, by Mark Houck
  • Conclusion: Three Simple Steps, by Brian Caulfield


    Features & Benefits:


  • Contains anecdotes from a variety of contributors with unique perspectives
  • Edited by a veteran Catholic journalist who is the editor of the website Fathers for Good, an initiative of the Knights of Columbus
  • Foreword written by Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan
  • Addresses many different aspects and issues relating to fatherhood
  • Presents content in short, independent but interrelated chapters
  • Adopts a conversational tone
  • Fills a gap in resources available for Catholic fathers


    About the Editor:

    Brian Caulfield is the editor of the website Fathers for Good, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council, and is a communications specialist in the Office of the Supreme Knight in New Haven, Connecticut. He is also vice postulator of the Cause for Canonization of the Venerable Father Michael McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus. Brian is a veteran journalist and reporter currently responsible for the weekly "Catholic Men" column for the Catholic News Agency's website.

    What Are People Saying about this Title?

    "I highly recommend this faith-filled, insightful, and practical book of essays to inspire fathers to embrace their holy vocation, so essential for the new evangelization of our culture."
    Most Reverend Kevin C. Rhoades, Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend and Chair of the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth

    "Our world needs a renewal of fatherhood. This book will help you become the-best-version-of-yourself as a father! I hope it inspires you the way it has inspired me."
    Matthew Kelly, founder of the Dynamic Catholic Institute, author of more than a dozen books, including The One Thing: Passing Faith onto Children, Building Better Families: A Practical Guide to Raising Amazing Children and Rediscover Catholicism: A Spiritual Guide to Living with Purpose and Passion; husband and father of two

    "This is a book for every Catholic man, especially husbands and fathers. Clear, practical, and profound, each and every chapter is sure to inspire, challenge, equip, and empower. Highly recommended."
    Scott Hahn, professor of Scripture and theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville; author of A Father Who Keeps His Promises: God's Covenant Love in Scripture; husband, father of six, and grandfather of eight

    "We live in a culture that does little to uphold or promote authentic masculinity. Brian Caulfield has done Christian men a great service in compiling the wisdom of virtuous fathers who have forgone the advice of the world and have chosen holiness instead."
    Matt Fradd, Catholic apologist and speaker; creator of The Man Talk DVD; husband and father of three

    "This is a book that is filled with profound insights and advice from some of the best men and dads. They speak from their own experiences as the men of faith they are. I encourage you to read this book and become the man and dad that God created you to be!"
    Fr. Larry Richards, founder and president of The Reason For Our Hope Foundation; author of Be a Man! Becoming the Man God Created You to Be

    "Man to Man, Dad to Dad should find a place in every Catholic home. Here is frank and honest advice about everything-from discipline to religious upbringing to even, yes, sex-all presented with clarity and charity, from some of the most engaging and thoughtful Catholic fathers writing today. Seek it out, read it, and then share it with a Dad you know!"
    Deacon Greg Kandra, Diocese of Brooklyn; executive editor, ONE Magazine; creator and editor of the popular blog The Deacon's Bench; resides in Forest Hills, New York with his wife Siobhan

    'Both a challenge and a hope, this book throws down the gauntlet, challenging all Catholic men looking to be better husbands and fathers."
    Sean McCarney, host of Just A Catholic Dad podcast, children's liturgist, Salisbury City Catholic Pastoral Council Communications Officer; resides in the UK with his wife and six-year-old daughter

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    Product Details:

    Binding: paperback
    Trim size: 5¼" X 8"
    Pages: 144