Lori ElsassPastor

The Man of God Woodsman Project is designed to help young men in grades 1 through 12 know, acquire, and live the essential masculine characteristics necessary to become the Catholic man God has created them to be.  Each month there is a focus on one particular masculine characteristic and how that trait was lived out by one of the Church’s Saints.

In addition to growing their faith through prayer and example, the boys are also taught woodsman skills, such as building tarp tent shelters, developing hand line fishing kits, knife skills, tomahawk throwing, fire building, outdoor cooking, turkey calling, and much more.  These skills are developed and applied on camping trips and events throughout the year.

The new schedule will begin in September with a field trip to a Shelby County nature preserve where they will take a woods walk while learning about vegetation and wildlife.  The walk will be led by Jim Bennett, District Conservationist for USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service. Typically, the group meets on the second Sunday of each month from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted.  Fathers are encouraged to participate.

Help your child develop a closer relationship with God and live the life he was created for by registering him in the MOG Woodsman Project. Registration forms can be found at or contact the Parish Office at (937) 498-2307 with any questions you may have.  Cost of registration is $10.00.