Wilderness Outreach calls men to live out an authentic Catholic, masculine lifestyle, one where men become the leaders, providers and protectors God created them to be. The organization was created to provide the formational, and developmental structure where all Catholic boys, men, laymen, seminarians and priests can discover, and develop thier God given manhood and lead the Catholic Church into the future. .
Wilderness Outreach challenges men to embrace the theology of their masculine bodies on the physical, intellectual and spiritual levels, and therby fight for the inner integrity that God the Father calls them to. Wilderness Outreach recognizes that each man is called to leadership by developing his God given masculine desires and talents, and then living them in his mission and duty as Priest, Prophet and King.
John Bradford is the founder of Wilderness Outreach. He is married to Laura and is a member of St Mary's of the Assumption in Lancaster, Ohio. John has a bachelors degree in physics and an MBA from Ohio University. He is a student of organizational behavior and leadership, in particular where it applies to Catholicism, formation, and masculine spirituality.
"I believe that our Church, families, children, men and women are under attack by the world (culture), flesh (self) and the devil. Men in particular have opted out from their responsibility of living lives of conviction, purity, integrity, duty and honor and need to be challenged to re-engage in a Christ centered life. I believe that one the most important works of the New Evangelization is building a system of mentorship that develops boys and men into God centered warriors of Christ."
Laura and John owned and operated a commercial construction company prior to the formation of Wilderness Outreach. Through her encouragement and sacrifice and the grace that flows from their sacrament of marriage, Wilderness Outreach is now a successful Roman Catholic Lay Apostolate.
Organized in 2006, Wilderness Outreach has been challenging Catholic men to embrace and develop their God given manhood. The Wilderness Outreach experience is one that all Catholic men can benefit from. Wilderness Outreach is more than a singular experience, It is a Catholic, masculine lifestyle. It calls men to be the providers and protectors God designed them to be. Wilderness Outreach acknowledges the existence of evil in this world and works to support men to develop the spiritual tools necessary to bring light and goodness into their lives. So that they can effectively lead others to the Truth of Christ and the Church.
“The whole of man's history has been the story of dour combat with the powers of evil, stretching, so our Lord tells us, from the very dawn of history until the last day. Finding himself in the midst of the battlefield man has to struggle to do what is right, and it is at great cost to himself, and aided by God's grace that he succeeds in achieving his own inner integrity.” Vatican II, Gaudium et spes, 37:2..
The Heart of the work of Wilderness Outreach is placing men into an environment of Adventure, Mystery, Beauty and Asceticism where they are removed from the corrupting influences of the of the world. Within this environment the men are called to the regimented disciplines of worship, prayer and work. The men are challenged to develop on the physical, spiritual and intellectual levels through these regimens.
During a Wilderness Outreach expedition the men learn and pray the Liturgy of the hours (Beginner to Experienced): Morning, Evening and Night. The Angelus is prayed at 6:00 AM, 12 noon, and 6:00 PM. The discipline of solitude and silence is observed each day before the celebration of Mass. During the day the men work with handtools building and clearing hiking trails; crosscut saws, pick mattocks and rock work. Out of this experience grows authentic fraternity, and the human formation of personal leadership.