Deacon Ray Dever, who is the father of a transgender daughter and a bisexual daughter, and who has written eloquently here on Bondings 2.0 about his family and ministerial roles, served liturgically at the closing Mass of of the Pastoral Congress portion of the World Meeting of Families in Dublin. The liturgy closing the event is under way on a rainy and windy afternoon in a sports arena at the Royal Dublin Society, the venue for the World Meeting.
He will also assist at Mass in Phoenix Park on Sunday, at which Pope Francis will preside.
Dever was here in Dublin with his bisexual daughter, Emily, where she spoke at press conference to help launch a website designed to help LGBT young people contact church leaders in advance of the youth synod at the Vatican in October.
Deacon Dever and his transgender daughter, Lexi, were panel speakers on LGBT family issues at New Ways Ministry’s Eighth National Symposium in April 2017.
Deacon Dever serves pastorally at St. Paul parish, Tampa, Florida.
Deacon Ray’s participation in the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families is a great testimony to all the prayers and work that parents of LGBT people have performed in the Church over decades.
And as the Mass ended today, a double rainbow appeared in the sky over the arena where the liturgy was held.
—Francis DeBernardo, with assistance from Robert Shine, New Ways Ministry, August 24, 2018
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