Catholic Men Chicago Southland

Welcome to the Catholic Chicago Men Blog, an initiative of Catholic Men Chicago Southland (CMCS). This blog is designed to help nurture spirituality for all Catholic men in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Here you will find encouragement and support for “Living the Goodness of a Catholic Man”, as well as Catholic information and updates and articles as it relates to the CMCS Mission. 

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The CMCS Mission: Catholic Men Chicago Southland fosters local Catholic Men in personal holiness, to make Jesus Christ the center of our daily lives. 

CMCS is a Catholic Apostolate of Most Reverend Joseph N. Perry of Chicago. | Executive Director, Frank J Casella

Vision: To Nurture Catholic Men’s Spirituality in the Chicago Southland

Contribute: Support CMCS online, or Check-by-Mail. CMCS is an Illinois State recognized nonprofit, and is not an IRS-certified charity. No revenue is generated by advertising, and funded only by indevidual support. Operation of CMCS is debt free, and administration is done by the CMCS-Team who gain no financial benefit from their engagement for this apostolate.

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Frank J Casella – the one who makes it all work has been involved in several areas of the Catholic men’s movement and is a third-generation Knights of Columbus.
Today, he is executive director of Catholic Men Chicago Southland (CMCS), and co-founder of Catholic Chicago Men’s Forum, both volunteer positions.
Frank is a Professional Photographer and lives with with his wife and adult children, and a Golden Retriever.
Online Profile.      Contact Frank at CMCS


Most Reverend Joseph N. Perry  – the one who keeps it all together – is Appointed Titular Bishop of Lead and Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, May 5, 1998.
He is Diocesan Postulator for the Cause of Sainthood of Chicago priest, Father Augustus Tolton (1854-1897).
Additionally, Bishop Perry is co-founder and Episcopal Liasion of CMCS – Founded in 2004.
Biographical Summary

Who We Are

CMCS has a practical way of evangelizing Catholic men young and old, and their families, of helping them to understand what the culture often rejects – how men and women should relate to one another in complementary ways and how important husbands and fathers are to children.

What We Do

Since 2004, Catholic Men Chicago Southland (CMCS) has reminded men and helped them to do what is in their power to do, namely, be holy and courageous men, to improve their marriages, be better fathers to their children, grow in virtue, serve the needs of others more generously, be active participants in their parishes, and be better citizens.

What We Believe

“It is a defined dogma of the Catholic Church, revealed by the Holy Spirit and preserved from any possibility of error, that the Body and Blood,Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ are truly and substantially present in the Most Holy Eucharist.”  CCC 1373-1375. Eucharist is not a symbol. The Mass is not a pageant or play acting or a skit anymore than the Lord’s horrendous death on the cross was a skit.

“If only we knew how God regards this Sacrifice, we would risk our lives to be present at a single Mass.”

– St. Padre Pio 1887-1968

Men’s Forum

We are proud to offer a few hours of respite, prayer and solid input to men across the Archdiocese on how they can live faithfully the implications of their baptism and discipleship in Christ for these times.


When you foster a man in holiness, the positive adjustments he makes, personally and with others, can be felt for three generations.

We can meet with you on the phone, by email or Skype/FaceTime, or over coffee.  Contact Us

Parish Formation

We’ll come to your Chicagoland parish, event, prayer breakfast, or help you organize a parish men’s group.

We also suggest resources direct to men, or their parish priest, for nurturing Catholic men’s spirituality.  Contact Us

The CMCS Team

Deacon John Rangel – Co-Founder / Director of Mission

Deacon Alfred Coleman – Nonprofit Advisor

Deacon James Norman – Administration Advisor

Mr. Terry Shelley – Conference Team Leader / Young Adult Advisor

Mr. Oscar Griffin, Jr. – Parish Men’s Group Advisor

Dr. Michael Hoffman – Parish Men’s Group Advisor

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