by Fr Richard Heilman | February 18, 2015 11:14 AM
RomanCatholicMan.com is a website with everything needed to inspire and train men who seek the Lord with all their heart, mind, soul and strength. Launched on Ash Wednesday 2015, this is a site for Roman Catholic Men by Roman Catholic Men. It is designed to aid those of us in the trenches of the Church Militant to understand and train for our role in the mission of combatting evil and rescuing the souls of our loved ones who have lost the precious gift of faith.
According to Catholic evangelist Matthew Christoff, “There is a serious “man-crisis” in the Catholic Church.”
How bad is it?
According to Christoff, “It is widespread and serious. Unless the Church, including its bishops, priests and lay men begin to take notice and make the evangelization of Catholic men a priority, the Catholic Church in the West will decay, as more and more men abandon the Church. … Unchecked, the exodus of Catholic men from the faith is likely to continue as men become increasingly casual about Catholicism.”
Acknowledging this dire need, Pope Benedict XVI called for a “Year of Faith” that seeks to awaken humanity at a critical moment in history: “In vast areas of the earth the faith risks being extinguished, like a flame without fuel,” the pope warned, “We are facing a profound crisis of faith, a loss of a religious sense which represents one of the greatest challenges for the Church today … The renewal of faith must, then, be a priority for the entire Church in our time.”
And so the purpose of this website is to find the courageous faithful in the trenches of the Church Militant who seek the basic training that is vital for awakening faith, battling evil and rescuing souls. Yes, we are being called upon to fight the mother of all wars against powerful evil spirits in the heavenly realm, but we are sure to meet our demise unless we discover these battles cannot be won without first acquiring God’s strength and mighty power:
“Draw your strength from the Lord and His mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. Our battle is not against human forces but against the principalities and powers, the rulers of this world of darkness, the evil spirits in regions above. You must put on the armor of God if you are to resist on the evil day; do all that your duty requires, and hold your ground” (Eph 6:10-12).
Very Rev. Richard M. Heilman was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Madison on May 27, 1988. Father Heilman is the Vicar Forane for the West Dane Vicariate, and is a past Wisconsin State Chaplain for the Knights of Columbus.
Father Heilman founded an apostolate for men’s faith formation called the Knights of Divine Mercy. Having focused his seminarian studies on spiritual direction, Father Heilman recognized a great need, early in his priesthood, to assist men in their roles as devout Catholic husbands and fathers. He is also the founder of Ladies of Divine Mercy and Squires of Divine Mercy.
He is the author of the Church Militant Field Manual. He has also authored five other books, calling men, especially, to ”Special Forces Training for the Life of Christ.” He has been a guest host on Relevant Radio’s “The Inner Life” for the past ten years. Fr. Heilman is a leader, with Cardinal Burke, of the Catholic men’s movement, “The Holy League.”
He is the creator of the “Combat Rosary,” based on the original WWI military issue rosary. The Combat Rosary is now the Official Rosary of the Pontifical Swiss Guard.
Father Heilman is an avid user of new media for faith formation, finding his inspiration in St. Maximilian Kolbe who mastered the use of new media in his day. Fr. Heilman’s online teachings can be found at his website, Roman Catholic Man, which is dedicated to helping Catholics understand and train for their role in the mission of combating evil and rescuing the souls of our loved ones who have lost the precious gift of faith.
Father Heilman is the Spiritual Head of the United States Grace Force. The United States Grace Force (USGF) is a “special operations force” specifically trained in spiritual warfare and intercessory prayer. The USGF capabilities include the large-scale use of powerful supernatural weapons (sacramentals, etc.) and prayers. While there are various special operations, the primary mission of the USGF is to implore God’s protection and blessing on our nation, especially imploring God’s protection (“Got Your Six”) for those who put their lives on the line to protect and defend our freedom. To date (2020), there are nearly 76,000 enlisted in the United States Grace Force.
He is a former Wisconsin State Chaplain for the Knights of Columbus. He is the chaplain for the Holy Family Homeschoolers. He is also very involved in pro-life activities as the chaplain for Pro-Life Wisconsin, Vigil for Life and the Women’s Care Center.
Since 2004, Father Heilman has served as pastor of two parishes, St. Michael the Archangel parish, with locations at St. Ignatius in Mt. Horeb and Holy Redeemer in Perry, and St. Mary’s in Pine Bluff. Fr. Heilman currently serves as pastor of St. Mary of Pine Bluff, which has added the Traditional Latin Mass, and while he serves as chaplain of various apostolates and missions. Father Heilman served as pastor from 1998-2004 at St. John the Baptist in Montello. He served as associate pastor at St. Henry’s in Watertown from 1994-1998. He was associate pastor at St. John Vianney in Janesville from 1991-1994. He was the Vocations Director for the Diocese of Madison from 1989-1991. His first priestly assignment was at Our Lady of the Assumption in Beloit for one year in 1988-89, prior to being named Vocations Director.
Father Heilman is a native of Madison, WI. Born to Walter and June Heilman (both deceased) on June 24, 1958 (birthdate of St. John the Baptist), he is the third of seven children. Father’s family helped begin St. Maria Goretti parish, and he attended SMG for grade school. He went on to Edgewood High School, and was an All-State football player. He earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Psychology from Loras College. He earned his Masters of Divinity (Mdiv) and Bachelor of Sacred Theology (STB) from the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary.
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