As the younger members of Dignity chapters around the country, we are the next generation of Dignity.
This year the DYAC retreat will be held in Denver, Colorado from July 13-15, 2018. After holding our last three retreats in the East and Midwest, we look forward to holding our next retreat in Denver at the University of Denver. As you know, this year is Dignity USA’s Jubilee year, and DYAC is bringing that into our retreat, with some focus on the present and future of Dignity and how the young adults can lead the future growth of Dignity.
This retreat is a time to strengthen the friendships we’ve forged over the years, renew our commitment to DignityUSA, and to grow personally. We’ll return to our home chapters and communities spiritually renewed in our faith and our fellowship, and ready to be a light and lead the way forward. More details, including our guest speaker and theme are to come.
Your registration to attend the retreat includes your room and board. You will be responsible for travel to the conference. If you need assistance with these costs please note such while registering.
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Time: Monday, 20th August at 4.00pm
Place: Trinity School of Religion, ISE-Loyola Building, Trinity College Dublin
Dr. Mary McAleese, will launch the Wijngaards Institute’s new academic research report on ‘LGBT Catholics & Gender Theologies’ during a press conference on Monday, August 20. This will be followed by a panel discussion confronting current Catholic crises and controversies.
4pm: PRESS CONFERENCE: ‘LGBT CATHOLICS & GENDER THEOLOGIES’
Dr. Mary McAleese will join the Wijngaards Institute in announcing the start of a new academic study to examine Vatican teaching on homosexuality and gender theology. An appeal will be made for Pope Francis to question why same-sex orientation is still officially labelled as an ‘objective disorder’ and to understand the harm this causes to LGBT Catholics and their families.
During the press conference, we will also address the exclusion of gay and lesbian families from the World Meeting of Families. Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director of DignityUSA, will explain why she still plans to attend the meeting despite her group having been banned from participating.
6pm: PUBLIC PANEL EVENT: ‘VOICES POPE FRANCIS WILL NOT HEAR’
Catholic Theologians & Campaigners will discuss the crises and criticisms that threaten to overshadow Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland.
Topics will include the marginalization of women; the abuse scandal; the vilification of LGBT Catholics; the ongoing silencing of priests; the harm caused by the papal ban on contraception and the aftermath of the 8th amendment abortion debate.
Speakers: Tony Flannery, Dr. Hille Haker, Jamie Manson, Dr. Luca Badini, Dr. Gina Menzies and Dr. Siobhán Garrigan
Press contact: Miriam Duignan T: +44 7970 926910, E: [email protected]
The Wijngaards Institute for Catholic Research is a think tank dedicated to academic research and education that examines and explores church teachings and aims to bring about reform from within the Catholic Church. Coverage of Wijngaards Institute Study on Contraception
Dublin, Ireland was chosen by Pope Francis to host the next World Meeting of Families from August 21-26, and we are the only LGBTQI Catholic coalition in the world to have official representation there. Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director of DignityUSA, will attend the event with her wife and children to provide a critical, progressive Catholic voice on issues relating to LGBTQI Catholic families, such as marriage, sexuality, and raising children. Francis DeBernardo, Executive Director of New Ways Ministry, will provide news coverage of the event from an LGBTQI perspective on Bondings 2.0.
For more information about our representatives, along with the latest news and developments in Dublin, check out our new WMoF resource page at: