A solid Foundation - Fraternus volunteers
Fraternus teaches the men that they must first possess a thriving brotherhood as adults. From there they invite the boys into that brotherhood – they don’t just supervise them with a veneer of faith once a week. Part of that invitation is to enjoy simple recreation with the boys and genuine conversation guided by the Fraternus curriculum.
FRAT Night - Weekly Brotherhood
The order of the night is simple: after the boys arrive there is a game or competition of some sort. The men do not sit on the walls but actively engage, encourage and challenge the boys. Once Comp Time is complete, a movie clip is played to illustrate the virtue topic of the night. For example, during one discussion on the theological virtue of faith the following clip was used to illustrate the theme of, "Trusting the Father and keeping our eyes on Him".
After the movie clip one of the adult volunteer men give a brief breakdown of the movie clip and draws a connection to the virtue of the night. The group then breaks into small groups where they are guided through a discussion on the virtue with the Church’s liturgical cycle and the wisdom of the ages to assist them. The Fraternus Book uses the prayers and a reading from the upcoming Sunday Mass that illustrates the virtue of the night and also further discusses the topic with quotes from the Magisterium, various Popes, and Saints. At the end of the night the group agrees to complete a Challenge which will exercise the virtue in each boy's life and they report on it next week. (The completion of challenges is recognized at Fraternus ceremonies.) Here is an excerpt from the study of temperane which comes during Lent:
After the discussion the group comes back together and prays compline together. Compline is the last prayer of the Church’s liturgical life. The Fraternus Book also has compline for each night so that the boys can continue to live and pray the rhythm of the Church.
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