New movement challenges men: It's time to RISE

As male secular icons are falling almost daily, a group of Catholic men are issuing a 30-day challenge to all men to rise up and embrace an authentic masculinity. RISE: A 30-Day Challenge is co-authored by Chris Stefanick, host of EWTN’s “Real Life Catholic,” and Bill Donaghy, a curriculum specialist at the Theology of the Body Institute.

“There’s never been a more important time than now for men to step up, lead their families and communities, and live an authentic masculinity rooted in understanding their identity as sons of God,” said Stefanick, co-author and video presenter.

RISE is a unique 30-day series of videos and challenges that walks men through a battle plan for life. It’s simple, but the results are extraordinary. Whether they’re faithful or just seeking, RISE will profoundly impact their lives for the better,” said Stefanick.

RISE is an individual journey for each man with practical challenges based on their life situation. Men are encouraged to walk with a “brother,” and to hold each other accountable through the 30 days, and there are resources provided for parish and group settings.

RISE is all about stepping up and claiming your true identity as a son of God, embracing your natural and profound gifts as a man. That changes everything,” said Stefanick. “Imagine if a million men in the Church were living intentionally as disciples of Christ. Families, parishes and communities would be transformed. That’s our goal.”

Men can choose to begin RISE at different start-dates throughout the year. Many are starting with Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Parishes may review RISE at no cost.

“This isn’t just a program, it’s a movement,” said Donaghy, co-author. “RISE meets men where they are, and gives them practical tools to live their faith out every day. With men all around the world stepping up, RISE will be revolutionary.”

RISE is published by Cardinal Studios LLC, in collaboration with Real Life Catholic and in association with Ecce! Films.

To learn more about RISE, visit RISE is also available in Spanish.

For more information, or to schedule an interview with Chris Stefanick or Bill Donaghy, please contact Kevin Wandra (404-788-1276 or [email protected]) of Carmel Communications.





  1. If you need a program to discover your “authentic masculinity,” you are probably beyond help. More effeminate New Evangelization nonsense.

  2. I am a woman, and nothing will change until women take their place subordinate to men….period.

  3. You are spot on. Its the old “the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world”. Men lost the ability to discipline their wives as God and the Church commanded, and so they are running rampant, ruining themselves, their men, and all of society.

    Either the right to discipline must be restored, or women must change their hearts and minds, as this is part of the curse of Eve – Gen. 3:16 ESV -“Your desire shall be contrary to your husband, but he shall rule over you.”

    The third option is being played out evermore in our time – men refusing to marry these rebellious women who refuse to accept the God given natural order.

  4. You are absolutely wrong. Far too many men today have been raised in “families” without a father, or with a shrew feminist mother, so that men have never seen real masculinity. The last bastions of masculinity have been the military, but now that is being destroyed. Women have destroyed the family, their sons and daughters, and society at large.

    See also my reply to warriorforeucharist.

  5. Yep….it shows in the abhorrent immodesty of dress of women and girls in the Latin Mass communities of which I am a part. The mother of God who is without sin covers up, yet we sinners should wear short skirts and hooker heels to Mass? But alas, my words fall on mostly deaf ears. Men and priests are afraid of women, and I’ve been labeled as “judgemental”!!! I fear God more than men…but the Church will not change for the better until women do. I wonder at this point if only prayer and fasting will work….my 2 daughters and I are covered from neck to wrists to ankles-with my husband’s happy approval. Can a husband with disobedient wives and daughters do anything other than pray and fast today?

  6. Keep up the good work. I see more and more women and girls wearing the veil at Mass. It is good women such as yourself who are leading the charge. Make Catholicism Catholic Again!

  7. This RISE thing has a Promise Keepers feel to it, which makes me a little cautious. But if they can resist the temptation to drift into either a pre-Vatican II ecclesiology or right-wing politics, I wish them well. Still, probably not my cup of tea.

    On a related topic, one thing that’s struck me about the rash of prominent men who’ve fallen from grace in the wake of the recent sexual harassment allegations is that most of them have been married and nobody seems to be talking about that. So, I’ve got to wonder, is marital fidelity a passé notion in our society?

    I’m a man and I do take my wedding vows seriously. I also believe there’s still some common sense value in not getting yourself into situations where you’ll be tempted. Don’t flirt with your coworkers and you won’t have to worry about them misconstruing your intentions.

    Back in the day we called that avoiding the near occasion of sin.

  8. “But if they can resist the temptation to drift into either a pre-Vatican II ecclesiology..”

    Because heaven forbid we do what our forefathers did for 2,000 years. You are confused and part of the problem. Enjoy your “cup of tea.”

  9. Revisionist nonsense. There is nothing essential to the deposit of faith that was changed by Vatican II. But thanks for deciding I’m part of the problem. Quite charitable.

    Also, no comment on the rest of my post? You just zero in on the one point of contention rather than look for something on which we might agree? Strikes me as a bit petty.

  10. The patriarchal phase of human history is passing away. The best thing men can do to RISE is to let go of the culture of male domination and female subordination that derives from original sin. The Catholic Church should recognize that religious patriarchy is cultural rather than dogmatic and start ordaining women to the sacramental priesthood and the episcopate. For your consideration, based on the Theology of the Body and the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

    Religious Patriarchy in the Judeo-Christian Tradition

  11. Yeah, I’m sure a 30 day program will fix all that results from years of absentee fathers and overbearing mothers….again, “professional Catholics” come along with a another dopey program that will go nowhere.

  12. You sound like a prime candidate for this program….

  13. As much as I enjoy recommendations from people who don’t know me, I’ll pass, thanks.

  14. Don’t disagree with you on that. It takes a civilizational shift back toward an organic European-American society (Christendom), with a reawakening of Catholic fervor to give us a new High Middle Age of culture, science, and Faith. Can’t happen over night, but it will happen.

  15. I believe that Jenny Jones makes a lot of sense in her book, “Healing with the Feminine Principle.” As she sees it, so much of the turmoil in the world today appears to be the result of an imbalance between the yin and the yang. Basically, it seems that the masculine energy – that includes the masculine energy of women – is significantly outweighing the feminine energy in all of our pursuits, resulting in the removal of much common sense from our activities. “Management roles and better paid careers and jobs are still dominated by men and masculine energy,” she gives an example. “If a woman does penetrate a male enclave she is usually obliged to bring much more masculine energy to the way she performs if she is to retain her position or move upwards. Some women find this acceptable but many more have to split their lives in two: the feminine principle plays a greater role in their personal lives while the masculine energy drives their professional careers.” As a result, the two halves might become confused and cause certain tensions that manifest in negative ways.

    If I understand author Jones correctly, the feminist movement has added much masculine energy to the mix without a corresponding increase in feminine energy among males, thus further adding to the imbalance. “There has always been tension between the genders but it has become much more open and aggressive since the feminist movement took off,” she offers. “The transition period of any change is always difficult, but bringing more feminine energy into the workplace and family lives might speed up the transition and bring greater compassion into all our relationships.”

    The bottom line here is that the feminist movement has created an imbalance. This imbalance has further frustrated our spiritual lives, which requires more feminine energy to what is responding in the material world. The feminine energy helps us understand that we are all from the same Source and all equally entitled to tolerance, love, and compassion.

  16. You missed Christ’s message sir. It is Christ’s church not the worlds … that is part of the problem we have forgotten how to listen and obey God!

  17. It is Christ’s church, not *of* the world but *in* the world, *in* the flesh. The Christian faith is always the same, yet the source of ever new light. Patriarchy is cultural, not intrinsic to the faith. Time to move on!

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