Family Life

Upcoming Events:

Our Place at the Table A Retreat for LGBT Catholics, their parents, pastoral ministers, and interested persons.

September 19-21, 2014

Aston, PA For more information, click here.

The Holy Land: Ancient and New An LGBT-Friendly Pilgrimage with Sr. Jeannine Gramick

February 14-23, 2014

For more information, click here.

Latest news

Archbishop: Decriminalizing Homosexuality Would Cause “Dreadful Consequences”

Singapore's archbishop has released a pastoral letter strongly opposing the repeal of a law in that nation which criminalizes homosexuality, claiming at one point that such an action would have "long-term and irreversible" consequences which are "dreadful." Read More

Cardinal Cupich Removes Flag-Burning Priest from Parish

The good news on Sunday was that Chicago's Cardinal Blase Cupich has removed from ministry the pastor who ceremonially burned a rainbow flag as an attempt to "purify" his parish which had once welcomed lesbian and gay people. Read More

QUOTE TO NOTE: Transgender Gubernatorial Candidate Shares about Her Accepting Catholic Family

Christine Hallquist made headlines earlier this year when she became the first transgender person chosen as a major political party's gubernatorial candidate. In advance of her likely election as Vermont's next governor this fall, Hallquist spoke to Vermont Business Magazine about being raised Catholic and having a supportive family. Read More

Resources

  • Always Our Children – The U.S. bishops’ 1997 pastoral message to parents of lesbian/gay children and to pastoral ministers. To lesbian/gay people, the bishops said, “In you God’s love is revealed.” Read online and order copies here.
  • Fortunate Families – An organization of Catholic parents with LGBT children who journey together with a message of hope and unconditional love for families, and seek justice for their children.
  • LGBTQ Children in Catholic Families: A Deacon’s View of Holy Family Sunday – by Deacon Ray Dever
  • What Makes the Holy Family–and Our Families–Holy? – by Joseanne and Joseph Peregin of Drachma Parents (Malta)
  • The Ups and Downs and Ups of a Parents Support Group- by Paula Mattras
  • Being Elizabeth: The Call to Being a Parent of an LGBT Person – by Louise Laferia of Drachma Parents (Malta)
  • List of LGBT-Friendly Parishes and Faith Communities
  • List of LGBT-Friendly Catholic Colleges and Universities