Bondings 2.0 will be reporting live this week from the World Meeting of Families (WMF) in Dublin, Ireland. Editor Francis DeBernardo, who is the Executive Director of New Ways Ministry, the sponsor of Bondings 2.0, will be at the event covering not only the public events of the WMF, but also press conferences and other activities surrounding this gathering which has garnered so much news about LGBTQ issues.
DeBernardo’s coverage will be similar to the kind he provided three years ago when he reported live from Rome at the Vatican’s Synod on the Family.
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In addition to representing Bondings 2.0, DeBernardo will also be representing the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics (GNRC). He serves as Secretary of the GNRC, which had its application for an exhibit booth rejected by the WMF organizers.
Also present in Dublin will be DignityUSA’s Marianne Duddy-Burke, who will be participating in the WMF with her wife Becky, and their two teenage children. Marianne will be representing DignityUSA and Equally Blessed, the coalition of three Catholic organizations that work for LGBT equality (Call To Action, DignityUSA, New Ways Ministry). She will be writing reports about her experiences on Equally Blessed’s WMF webpage.
Robert Choiniere, the creator of Full of Grace:Journeys of LGBT Catholics, an interview-based play now touring US colleges will also be in Dublin. He will be interviewing LGBT Catholics, families, politicians, clergy and others during the WMF to gather stories of hope, fear, joy and struggle in Ireland today. With these interviews, he plans to again use the medium of theatre to bring the experience of those on the margins of our Church to center stage to instigate pastoral and theological conversations rooted in real life experiences. Choiniere recently completed a Doctor of Ministry thesis examining the ministerial dimension of his play.