On any given Saturday morning, you can find a group of men gathered in the Fireside Room at Saint Timothy Catholic Church in Laguna Niguel.

For nearly 35 years, Manna4Men, as the group is known, has been studying and discussing books and topics relevant to our Catholic faith….

The first book studied by Manna4Men was Joshua by the retired American priest and now full-time author, Fr. Joseph F. Girzone.

Kinsey estimates that nearly 60 books have been studied, discussed and examined since the group began. Recently, the scope has been expanded to include DVD studies, and even some musical interpretations.

Over the years, Manna4Men has read and examined books such as The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr; Nothing is Impossible with God by John Michael Talbot; In His Spirit: A Guide to Today’s Spirituality by Richard J. Hauser, S.J.; Rediscover Jesus and Rediscover Catholicism by Matthew Kelly; as well as several of Bishop Robert Barron’s teaching series DVDs, including The Mass, about our encounter with Christ.

Additionally, the group has been engaging in the monastic practice of Lectio Divina (Latin for Divine Reading to study the upcoming Sunday’s Scriptures. Lectio Divina is a method of praying the Scriptures dating back to the sixth century when St. Benedict made it a regular practice in monasteries. Although it was originally intended for those in religious life, Lectio Divina is now widely used by lay persons.

Currently, Manna4Men has been studying What Does it All Mean?: A Guide to Being More Faithful, Hopeful and Loving by the Australian Jesuit priest, author, educator and film critic, Fr. Richard Leonard, SJ.