MEN'S HIKE MINISTRY - April 30-May 3, 2020
Contacts for more information:
John Carroll: (843) 224-8815 or
Rick Karkowski: (843) 709-1509 or
What is the Men's Hike Ministry?
The Men’s Hike Ministry focuses on helping men to a closer relationship with our Lord in a unique way. By leaving the noise of daily life behind, men are able to focus on their love of the Lord as well as their neighbor. Through teachings on the trail and fellowship around the fire, men have the rare opportunity to share their faith with other men who may be experiencing similar situations. As a result, many discover counsel and understanding in a non-judgmental environment. We travel to the mountains of Western North Carolina in the spring and fall of each year as we hike new and different trails.
There are three main elements; Physical, Spiritual and Communal. The physical element provides men with outdoor challenges that are often rare in today’s busy, tech-filled world. It sounds odd these days, but sometimes men just need to be, well…men. The spiritual element is explored as we share the Word and reflect both privately on the trail and during discussions around the camp fire. With the challenges of the trail and the discussions, the development of lasting communal bonds comes naturally as we form a special “Band of Brothers.”
The Hike Ministry continues long after we toss our gear back in the garage. There are hike reunions for participants, family cookouts, day hikes and more. Our goal is to change our hearts so that they more closely reflect God’s heart. Men often return refreshed, re-energized and ready to live the life the Lord is calling them to live, the same life that their families, church and larger community need them to live. Come and join us on the trail and experience it for yourself.
Each Meeting will be at 1:15 PM at the Russell House
Meeting One - March 29th
Meeting Two - April 19th
Meeting Three - April 26th
Testimonials from previous Hikes:
“There's no better way to break through the noise of my world than to get up on the mountain and out on the trail where the Holy Spirit and my brothers in Christ can focus on the basics. That's when we're reminded that the main thing is our personal relationship with our Father. There's no experience quite like it. I recommend it to any man who is ready to hit the reset button and strengthen his relationship with his Creator.”
“As the hike progressed, I began to pull away the layers and dig deep where my burdens have been staying for a long time. There came a moment around a raging camp fire deep in the mountains of the Pisgah National Forest where I had a group of men, I now refer to as my Band of Brothers, praying over me. Freeing me from a burden that has affected so many aspects of my life. That is a memory that will be forever ingrained in me. If you have heavy burdens to let go and want an experience that will force you out of your comfort zone, I would highly encourage anyone to go on this hike.”
Dr. Brant Pitre
"The Jewish Roots of the Eucharist"
"The Case for Jesus"
"The Fourth Cup"
Fr. James Martin
"My Life with the Saints"
"The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything"
"A Jesuit on Broadway"
Anne Catherin Emmerich
"The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ"
"Wild at Heart"
"The Practice of the Presence of God"
"Discernment, Reading the Signs of Daily Life"
"The Return of the Prodigal Son"
The Word Among Us - www.wau.org
Magnificat - us.magnificat.net
"Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young
"Grace for the Moment" by Max Lucado
Communications Skills Training:
WordOnFire.org (Bishop Barron)
https://dynamiccatholic.com (Matthew Kelly)
Suggested References and Reading List From The Trail
Men’s Hike Ministry – Notes from the Trail - May 3-6, 2018
Christ Our King Men’s Spring Hike was May 3-6, 2018. While the trek would wind along the Foothills trail in the Northwest corner of South Carolina, the hike started much earlier with participants and others praying for the hikers and for the success of the hike. We headed out following a blessing and sending forth by our pastor Father Spencer. As we hit the trail and started to delve into the spiritual theme, the fruits of the Holy Spirit, it was evident that the Holy Spirit was with us, blessing us with insights, fraternal discussions, and great weather along the way. The Holy Spirit had actually shown up well ahead of time, attracting participants from all four parishes East of the Cooper. We came off the trail Sunday morning in plenty of time to finish at the source and summit of our Catholic Christian life, the celebration of Mass at Holy Cross Parish in Pickens, SC. The hike dates may be behind us, but the ministry continues with reunions and day hikes planned for the near future.
Along the trail, we talked about many books and devotionals as great resources for our life journey. We have compiled a list and it is now posted above on the Hike’s web page – We invite you to take a look, select one and use it to better your relationship with our brother and savior, Jesus Christ.
“We leave the noise behind and go up the mountain to hear God speak, surrounded by His splendor. There is nothing like it.”
“Eliminating the distractions of everyday life, the quiet time on the trail, allows me to hit the reset button; working on what is truly important…How to abide in the Lord and serve those He puts in my path. The discussions around the fire, speaking with men with similar challenges, provide insights on how to do this.” -