The Soldiers of Christ is a men’s apostolate, based in the Diocese of Santa Rosa, CA helping men to be more virtuous and to draw into a deeper relationship with Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Fulfill the awesome mission God created you for!

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Our Mission

To bring men together in Christian brotherhood, and train them for daily spiritual battle to be Christ-like leaders through the model of St. Joseph.

Be formed in the image of Our Lord and train for spiritual battle in a fraternity of Catholic Men.

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.  Proverbs 27: 17

The Soldiers of Christ are small fraternities (5-8 men) that meet weekly (during a liturgical season), pray together, encounter Christ in Sacred Scripture, and hold themselves accountable to be more Christ-like, through a Spiritual Game Plan.

St. Michael's Lent

August 15, 2024 - September 29, 2024

Thursdays @ 6:30 PM

Why Join?

Be firm. Be strong. Be a man. And then...be a saint.  St. Josemaria Escriva, The Way, 22

  • Develop a personal relationship with Our Lord through a brotherhood, Sacred Scripture & the Spiritual Game Plan.
  • Strengthen your marriage by learning about God's plan for the family.
  • Become a heroic father to your children through the model of St. Joseph.
  • Learn to live your faith in daily, ordinary life.
  • Find support and friendship in a brotherhood of Catholic Men.

IPray...IOS & Andriod

The Spiritual Game Plan is a training system that includes prayers & disciplines that help form you into a Soldier of Christ.

The devil and his minions tempt you away from Our Lord through a lukewarm attitude and laziness.  Be intentional with your relationship with Christ by being aware of him throughout the day, fighting against sin.

Action is worth nothing without prayer: prayer grows in value with sacrifice.  St. Josemaría Escrivá, The Way, 90

When you join the Soldiers of Christ, you are committing to a plan of life.  You will have a brotherhood that will hold you accountable for your commitment.  Become a Soldier of Christ.

About Our Patron Saints

  • St. Joseph, Terror of Demons - The model for all men because of his complete trust, faith, and perseverance in doing God's Holy Will as well as his humility and purity.  As the head of the Holy Family, he is the model of all husbands and fathers.  One of his titles in the Litany of St. Joseph is Terror of Demons.  Why?  "The devil knows the paternal intercessory power of Saint Joseph and will flee at the very mention of his name."  Fr. Donald Calloway
  • St. Josemaría Escrivá is known as the saint of ordinary life and founder of Opus Dei. Canonized in 2002 by St. John Paul II, his core message was what the Second Vatican Council called the Universal Call to Holiness.  In other words, God has called you to greatness in your regular daily life.
  • St. Michael the Archangel - The leader of God's army, he is the prince of Angels, and a model of strength, courage, and valor.

The world offers you comfort. But you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness.  Pope Benedict XVI











About Us

Hello, We’re Joe & Donna Hernandez. We are the founders of The Soldiers of Christ. We met in 2011 at St. Sebastian Catholic Church in Sebastopol, CA while planning and organizing our first bible studies and parish conferences (Fr. Mitch Pacwa & Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers). We got married in 2015.  In 2021 we adopted our daughter, Olivia Marie, from South Korea.

Joe has recently been installed as an Acolyte by the Bishop. LEARN MORE about this ministry.

In 2022, John Eakin, Eric Umile & Joe Hernandez, started our first men’s group focused on encountering Christ through prayer and Holy Scripture.  Guided by the Holy Spirit, and the overwhelming response from our clergy and diocese, The Soldiers of Christ now focuses on men’s ministry and will be establishing groups at multiple parishes in the diocese.

We are an officially registered group of The Cathedral of St. Eugene’s in Santa Rosa, CA, and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cotati, CA.







The Ministry of Acolyte

On December 16, 2023, John, Eric, and Joe were instituted to the Ministry of Acolyte by Bishop Robert F. Vasa

In 1973, St. Paul VI restored the Office to a Lay Ministry. The Office of Acolyte is no longer reserved only for minor orders, headed to the Ministerial Priesthood.  It is a formal Ministry of the Catholic Church that is exercised at the discretion of the Bishop of the Diocese.

You can learn more about the Ministry of Acolyte below.  If you are interested in being installed as an Acolyte for your parish in the Diocese of Santa Rosa, CA speak to your pastor.

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