As a special thanks to all of our supporters, we have arranged an opportunity for you to meet the Equally Blessed pilgrims, along with several other LGBTQI Catholic leaders who helped to plan this effort, virtually in a free webinar that will be open to the public.
Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Time: 8:30 PM Eastern / 7:30 PM Central / 6:30 PM Mountain / 5:30 PM Pacific / 4:30 PM Hawaii
Join us to hear firsthand accounts of the most meaningful moments we had at World Youth Day in Panama as we witnessed for the full inclusion of LGBTQI persons in the Catholic Church. Some highlights we may share include:
- Breanna’s interview with a reporter from Vatican radio, who had specifically looked for pilgrims who felt marginalized by the Catholic Church.
- Meli’s persistence as she was able to ask a question during catechesis about the dignity of LGBTQI Catholics.
- All of the pilgrims’ joy at meeting with leaders of the LGBTQI movement in Panama, including the founder of Hombres Trans Panama, an organization for trans men, and Diversa Mov, a lesbian organization in Panama.
- Our experience meeting young Catholics all over the world, who greeted us with tears of joy and hugs after seeing our message that “it’s our Church, too” and that we are all all Equally Blessed!
There will also be an opportunity for questions and answers with the pilgrims.
Sister Jeannine Gramick, the co-founder of New Ways Ministry and an advocate for LGBT people for close to 50 years, is leading an LGBT-friendly pilgrimage to Belgium and Germany. The itinerary includes sites of spiritual, historical, and cultural significance.
This trip is Sister Jeannine’s 16th pilgrimage, and past participants have praised them for not only the amazing places they have visited, but for the spirit of community and friendship which develop on each journey. Through daily Mass and occasional group sharing of experiences and perspectives, participants have forged connection with one another that have lasted for years.
On each trip, the pilgrims have also had an opportunity to meet with local groups of LGBT Christians, and wonderful international exchanges of ideas and support have also grown.
(Above photo: Grand Place market square, Brussels)
“True to Ourselves, True to the Spirit”
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Some Catholics have been blaming the sexual abuse of minors on the presence of a gay men in ministry. Many suggest a “purge” of gay clergy and religious.
Over the course of this retreat, we will be looking at a variety of questions pertinent to this moment in the Church:
- Is our ministry welcomed by our church?
- Can we feel welcomed by our church that regards a gay orientation as “intrinsically disordered.”
- Why am I afraid to tell you who I am?
- How does the outsider see the grace of God?
- What does it take to create a community of welcome? What are we ready to sacrifice for such a community?
The retreat is designed to assist gay priests, bishops, brothers and deacons, in developing better self-understanding, spirituality, friendships, and relationship with the institutional Church.
Father Peter Daly is a retired priest of the Archdiocese of Washington. He was ordained in 1986. He holds his STB degree from the Gregorian University and his STL from the Lateran University. His pastoral work included campus ministry, and 23 years as a parish pastor.
Peter currently works as a part time lawyer with Immigration Legal Services for Catholic Charities of Washington DC. He is on the leadership team of the Association of US Catholic Priests.
For 20 years he was a syndicated columnist for Catholic News Service, and he currently writes for the National Catholic Reporter. In 2016 , he co-authored Strange Gods, a murder mystery which examines the crisis in the church, especially the sin of clericalism.