Since 1987, Fr. Richard Rohr has been holding conferences and conducting Men’s Rites of Passage for men. The Men As Learners & Elders (MALEs) program will builds on that work to support masculine spirituality in an on-going expansion of Richard’s work across the United States and around the globe. The goal is to form a network of initiated men and leaders around the world who have an ecumenical vision of Gospel- based male initiation. These men, while being trained as Elders, will provide mentoring for men of the next generation as they exercise their gifts and talents. In 2012, the men's work launched by Richard Rohr "graduated" to form an indepenent non-profit, called Illuman.
Why is Illuman (MALEs) necessary?
Through his work, Fr. Richard Rohr has learned that many men, and young men in particular, need and want male mentors. From his extensive work with different cultures, he has grown to recognize that the “father wound” is “perhaps the most universal wound for men on this earth”.
There is a need for on-going formation opportunities concerning men’s spirituality. There is also a need for a networking system so men can support and receive support from one another.
Is the Illuman (MALEs) program open to all men?
Yes, the program is open to:
- Men of all races and religions
- Men seeking wisdom for the journey
- Grandfathers, fathers, sons, godsons and grandsons
- Men without fathers
- Young men at least 16 years old.
Illuman believes that there is a universal message of love and faith that transcends the boundaries of race, nation, culture, gender, economics/class, politics, sexual orientation and religious differences.
Is the Illuman (MALEs) program inclusive of all faiths?
The program is rooted in the Gospels yet is deeply committed to ecumenical and inter-religious invitation and dialogue in male spirituality. Participants from all faiths and backgrounds are welcome.