Thoughts and Comments from Man-Up April 2014

The Men God Created Us to Be

With Father John Acrea

April 15, 2014 at All Saints, Des Moines

Man-Up Holy Week 2014


60 Men participating in our first ever Man-Up at All Saints Parish in Des Moines on Tuesday, April 15th. The All Saints Knights of Columbus led our Rosary. Father Bob Harris and Father John Acrea concelebrated Mass with us. Father Harris encouraged us to live out our calling to Discipleship.

The All Saints Knights served us an outstanding pasta dinner with deserts and beverages.

Our video was a very personal take on Good Friday by the Skit Guys. It can be found here.

Father Acrea's presentation on archetypes called us to reflection on our past actions and called us to a new commitment to Man-Up for Jesus Christ. Here are a few of the archetypes Father referenced: Leader, Father, King, Warrior, Lover, Sage, Wiseman, Miracle Worker. Father provided us the following list of books and CDs on this and related subjects.


  • Awakening the Heroes Within: Twelve Archetypes to Help Us Find Ourselves and Transform Our World – Carol S. Pearson
  • Wildmen, Warriors, and Kings: Masculine Spirituality and the Bible – Patrick M. Arnold
  • King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine – Robert Moore and Douglas Gillette
  • Waking the Dead: The Glory of a Heart Fully Alive – John Eldredge
  • Loose That Man & Let Him Go! – T. D. Jakes




Based on the response we received, many men left this event with a renewed commitment to live as Dynamic Catholic men.

Thanks to Father Harris and All Saints Parish, Dennis Westover and the All Saints Knights of Columbus, Father Acrea and for all the Men that joined us in prayer and fellowship.

Photos of the evening can be found on our Facebook page.

A video of Fr. Acrea’s presentation can be found on YouTube.

He is Risen!

Coming up:

  • Canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII, Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27th, Special Masses at these area churches, Basilica of St John – 10:30am, St Anthony – 11:30am, Christ the King – 3:30pm, 4th Degree Honor Guard requested at each of these Masses
  • Diocesan Celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27th, Christ the King, Des Moines; 2:00 pm - Sacrament of Reconciliation, 3:00 pm - Divine Mercy Chaplet, 3:30 pm - Mass celebrated by Bishop Pates,
  • Man-Up May 2014, Tuesday, May 6th, St. Ambrose Cathedral - 607 High St, Pastoral Center - 601 Grand Ave, Mass and Presentation by Bishop Pates
  • Christ Our Life Conference, Saturday & Sunday, September 20-21, Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines,


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Suggested Reading

Other than the first two titles, these books are in no particular order.

  • The New American Bible
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • Rediscover Catholicism – Matthew Kelly
  • Jesus Shock – Peter Kreeft
  • He Leadeth Me – Fr. Walter Ciszek, S.J.
  • Mission of the Family – Jon Leonetti
  • Confessions of a Mega Church Pastor – Allen Hunt
  • Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Mission – John Wood
  • The Confessions of St. Augustine - Augustine of Hippo
  • The Imitation of Christ – Thomas Kempis
  • Made for More – Curtis Martin
  • Be A Man! – Fr. Larry Richards
  • What Happens at Mass – Jeremy Driscoll
  • Every Man's Journey – James Campbell
  • Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic – Matthew Kelly
  • A Scriptural Guide to the Saints – Fr. Herbert Burke
  • The Privilege of Being Catholic – Fr. Oscar Lukefahr, CM
  • Holiness Revolution – Dan DeMatte
  • Catholics Come Home – Tom Peterson
  • Rome Sweet Home – Scott Hahn
  • A Biblical Walk Through the Mass – Edward Sri
  • The Real Story – Edward Sri & Curtis Martin
  • Forming Intentional Disciples – Sherry Weddell
  • The Case for Christ – Lee Strobel
  • The Case for Faith – Lee Strobel
  • The Screwtape Letters – C.S Lewis
  • Mother Angelica's Private and Pithy Lessons from the Scriptures – Mother Angelica & Raymond Arroyo
  • Mere Christianity – C.S Lewis
  • Interior Freedom – Fr. Jacques Philippe
  • Searching for and Maintaining Peace – Fr. Jacques Philippe
  • Can You Drink the Cup – Henri J.M. Nouwen
  • The Practice of the Presence of God – Brother Lawrence
  • The New Rosary in Scripture – Edward Sri
  • Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture-The Gospel of Matthew – Curtis Mitch & Edward Sri
  • Introduction to the Devout Life – St Francis de Sales
  • How to Share Your Faith with Anyone – Terry Barber
  • Jacob's Ladder: Tens Step to Truth – Peter Kreeft

The Man-Up Mission

Man-Up is a Catholic fellowship group that seeks to inspire all men of Central Iowa to be faith-driven leaders in their family, parish, and community.

We sponsor meaningful and heartfelt talks from down-to-earth speakers who are authentic in their faith. In this way we minister to the entire spectrum of men by motivating those who are young in their faith, and encouraging those who are mature.

Man-Up meets monthly at parishes around Des Moines for a meal, presentation, discussion, and fellowship.

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