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

Fr. Dan Horan Refutes Some Catholics’ Anti-Transgender Claims, Seeks Welcome Instead

Responding to a recent flurry of anti-transgender speech and legislation across the U.S., Fr. Daniel Horan, OFM, has called for the Catholic Church to be welcoming to the transgender community. Read More

Transgender Student Challenges Catholic School Board Over Chosen Name Policies

A transgender Catholic student in Canada is petitioning to be able to graduate with his chosen name on his diploma, and the student also hopes to make changes in educational policy so that others will have the same opportunity. Read More

Labor Secretary Marty Walsh Signs Petition to Launch LGBTQ Center at Boston College

U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh has signed a petition by Boston College students calling for their university to establish an LGBTQ resource center and add gender identity to the university non-discrimination policy. In a related story, students from the same school have organized a petition opposing the Vatican’s ban on blessing same-gender couples. 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