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Courage/EnCourage: Dealing with Same Sex Attraction




Courage/EnCourage is an apostolate that ministers to those with same-sex attraction and their loved ones. 

"I am glad that we are talking about 'homosexual people' because before all else comes the individual person, in his wholeness and dignity. And people should not be defined only by their sexual tendencies: let us not forget that God loves all his creatures and we are destined to receive his infinite love." --Pope Francis

Courage is a spiritual support group founded in 1980 by Terrence Cardinal Cook, then archbishop of New York, to help Catholics who experience same-sex attraction to live holy lives. 

The founding members of Courage developed five goals as the foundation of the apostolate:

1.  Chastity: To live chaste lives in accordance with the Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexuality.

2.  Prayer and Dedication: To dedicate our entire lives to Christ through service to others, spiritual reading, prayer, meditation, individual spiritual direction, frequent attendance at Mass, and the frequent reception of the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Holy Eucharist.

3.  Fellowship: To foster a spirit of fellowship in which we may share with one another our thoughts and experiences and so ensure that none of us has to face the problems of homosexuality alone.

 4.  Support: To be mindful of the truth that chaste friendships are not only possible but necessary in chaste Christian life; and to encourage one another in forming and sustaining these friendships.

 5.  Good Example: To live lives that may serve as good examples and role models to others.

Courage provides confidential, welcoming, and informative support for men and women who experience same‐sex attractions. Please join us. 

www.couragerc.net 


Fort Wayne Chapter Courage contact: Father Francis Chukwuma
260-693-9578, email: fadafrancissjbce@gmail.com 


South Bend Chapter Courage contact: Father Kevin Russeau, CSC
574-234-3134 ext. 20, email: KRusseau@stjoeparish.com 





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