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Esto Vir

Esto Vir is a name and an exhortation; it is a title, a way of life, and a humble challenge to perfect holiness.

Meaning "Be a Man!" in Latin, Esto Vir is a brotherhood of Catholic men that began within the Office of Campus Ministry 15 years ago.  It offers men at CUA a place to learn about their faith and live it out together with a distinctive spirituality. Since its founding, hundreds of men have received faith formation through Esto Vir.  It has inspired similar groups under the same name at other Universities, although there is currently no formal connection among them.  For more information about Esto Vir, please contact 

Jon-Paul Kaczmarek, Paladin


Michael Phelan, Associate Campus Minister for Retreats and Men's Ministry.




St Josemaria Escriva: Patron of Esto Vir                              


St. Josemaria Escriva was a Spanish priest and founder of Opus Dei, a movement within the Church that calls people towards sanctity in their everyday lives. 

Fr. Escriva was born in Spain in 1902, and following his ordination he worked with the poor in Madrid.














During the Spanish Civil War, he fulfilled his priestly duties in a clandestine fashion due to religious persecution. He escaped to France, and later moved to Rome, where he continued to preach the universal call to holiness.         

Josemaria Escriva died in Rome in 1975. He was subsequently beatified in 1992 and canonized in 2002 as St. Josemaria Escriva - Patron Saint of the Ordinary.

Selected quotes from St. Josemaria

"Don't say 'Thats the way I am- it's my character.' It's your lack of character. Esto Vir- Be a man!"  -The Way

Do you see? That cable – strand upon strand, many of them woven tightly together – is strong enough to lift enormous weights. You and your brothers, with wills united to carry out God’s will, can overcome all obstacles.” – The Way 480

 “You don’t know how to pray? Put yourself in the presence of God and as soon as you have said, “Lord, I don’t know how to pray!” you can be sure you’ve already begun.” (The Way 90)

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Officers 2015-2016

Jon-Paul Kaczmarek

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