Ministry of Courage
Are you or a loved one experiencing homosexual/lesbian attractions and looking for answers within the Catholic Church?
The Diocese of Oakland offers support to persons with same-sex attraction and their loved ones through the ministry of Courage, an apostolate of the Roman Catholic Church. In Courage you will get to know men and women who share in your concerns.
Courage has been endorsed by the Pontifical Council for the Family - John Paul II said of this ministry, "COURAGE is doing the work of God!" They also have an outreach called Encourage which ministers to relatives and friends of persons with same-sex attractions.
For more information, call (650) 450-2286 or contact one of our chaplains at the following e-mail addresses:
You can also learn more at the Courage website: www.couragerc.net or, for Spanish-speaking, www.courage-latino.org AND, for more information on the Church's teaching and ministry to persons with homosexual inclinations, at the U.S. Bishops' webpages. Ministerio a las personas con inclinacion homosexual
"Though at times you may feel discouraged, hurt, or angry, do not walk away from your families, from the Christian community, from all those who love you. In you God's love is revealed. You are always our children."
(National Conference of Catholic Bishops: 1997)