Fraternity is one of the three pillars of Exodus and, thus, an essential part of all of our spiritual exercises.
The Preference for Local
We have found that local fraternities tend to last longer and have a greater impact, so we recommend you start there. Take some time in prayer to ask Christ about the men in your life that he is calling you to invite on this journey. Think of men from work, church, school, or elsewhere in your community. Consider talking with your priest or men of your church and see if they might have any suggestions or know of any fraternities in the area that are forming.
Our favorite tool to help you find men who will join you on this spiritual journey is the community tab (located in the bottom right corner of the app). This tool uses your device's location to search for Exodus communities (large groups) near you. Once you have found/started your local community, you will be able to ask local men if there are any fraternities (small groups) near you.
When you allow the app to access your contacts (encrypted, so not even we can tell), you can find your friends on the app. When you first go to create a fraternity, your phone will ask for access to your contacts. Just be sure to hit "allow" and go through the workflow. From there, you'll be able to message any of your contacts right in our app or directly invite them to join your fraternity.
The Fraternity Finder Tool
Let's say you are unable to find a community, and you can't find any men in your area, but you still want to get started. Be not afraid! You can still use the Fraternity Finder in the app to help you find a virtual fraternity! These are sorted by meeting time and capacity. Find one that will work for you.
We believe in this exercise and the graces it has continued to bring to those who take it up in its fullness: prayer, asceticism, and fraternity. When inviting others to join you in this exercise, it doesn't matter if you know the men you invite really well or not at all, the gift of fraternity continues to be a pillar of the Christian life and of this exercise that God uses to bring greater freedom to his men. We want the same for you.
Have courage. Make the personal invitations.
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