Men's Rites of Passage (MROP)

The Cosmic Importance of Male Initiation

With so many clear examples of how men have hurt women, other men, the earth and ourselves, Fr. Richard Rohr offers clarity, suggestions and insight in regards to how the Men's Rights of Passage can be part of the deep personal and community healing so much needed...

What is the Rites of Passage?

Men's Rites of Passage 2019

Men's Rites of Passage 2019

The Men’s Rites of Passage is not just another Catholic/Christian men’s retreat, but five days of formal male initiation. These teachings on the “mysteries” and the accompanying rituals of Passover have been met with a very strong response in recent years. Over 5,000 men have now been initiated through these rites of male initiation over the past 20 years.

Unfortunately, the proven way to lead males on this journey has been lost to the West for a thousand years. Franciscan priest Fr. Richard Rohr has reclaimed the ancient patterns of rites of passage and designed a modern day retreat for welcoming men into the male spiritual community. Fr. Richard’s work in this area addresses the reality that if men are not led through an inner journey of powerlessness, they will inevitably misunderstand and abuse power. Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM, (the creator of the MROP) and MALEs have trained teams of men in many parts of the world to do the same.

The Rites of Passage are best for those who have already done some men’s work and who are on a serious spiritual journey. It is best to make this experience as a lone seeker. Fathers and sons are normally not initiated together, nor is it a buddy experience. You may come with friends, but expect to be assigned to a home group where you will be anonymous and start from zero together.


  • A personal discovery about masculine spirituality and ‘the Holy Mystery.’

  • A time to savor the healing and awesome power of nature.

  • A process to address issues of loss, grief, and relationships with our father, other men, and others.

  • An opportunity to examine life’s priorities and ask courageous questions about your ‘next step.’

  • An invitation to listen to the ‘quiet voice of God.’

  • A chance to return to life with a renewed commitment to your gifts.


  • A traditional lecture-based retreat.

  • An informational workshop about men’s spirituality.

  • A sensitivity training or deprivation experience.

  • A threatening process that requires participants to engage in anything strange or unsafe.

  • A test of physical stamina.


Below is a listing of the Men’s Rites of Passage opportunities for 2019.

Australia Men’s Rites of Passage
August 20 – 24, 2019

Czech Republic Men’s Rites of Passage
September 11 – 15, 2019

Texas Men’s Rites of Passage
September 11 – 15, 2019

West Virginia Men’s Rites of Passage
October 2-6, 2019