Our Mission

New Ways Ministry educates and advocates for justice and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Catholics, and reconciliation within the larger church and civil communities.

Through research, publication and education about sexual orientation and gender identity, we foster dialogue among groups and individuals, identify and combat personal and structural homophobia and transphobia, work for changes in attitudes and promote the acceptance of LGBT people as full and equal members of church and society.

New Ways Ministry is a member of Equally Blessed, a coalition of faithful Catholics who support full equality for LGBT people both in the Church and in civil society.

Staff

Francis DeBernardo

Francis DeBernardo

Executive Director
Jeannine Gramick

Jeannine Gramick

Co-Founder
Robert Shine

Robert Shine

Associate Director
Matthew Myers

Matthew Myers

Staff Associate

Board of Directors

Jeannine Gramick, SL, Chair

Jeannine Gramick, SL, Chair

Mary Byers

Mary Byers

Ryan Sattler

Ryan Sattler

J. Gerald Fath

J. Gerald Fath

Cornelius Hubbuch, CFX

Cornelius Hubbuch, CFX

Anna Koop, SL

Anna Koop, SL

Claire Pluecker

Claire Pluecker

Cristina Traina

Cristina Traina

A Brief History of New Ways Ministry

In 1976, Bishop Francis J. Mugavero of Brooklyn, New York, wrote a pastoral letter, “Sexuality: God’s Gift,” which was one of the first Roman Catholic statements to contain a compassionate and encouraging message to gay and lesbian people. Gay and lesbian people deserved to be treated equally in society and the Christian community, he noted, and then he addressed them directly, stating, “. . . we pledge our willingness. . . to try to find new ways to communicate the truth of Christ because we believe it will make you free.”