Are you interested in starting an LGBTQ+ outreach ministry at your parish? Do you already have such a ministry and want to develop it further? How does somebody even start a conversation in a Catholic parish about welcoming and affirming LGBTQ+ people?

These are some of the questions that Francis DeBernardo, Executive Director of New Ways Ministry, will answer in the upcoming webinar, “New Ways and Next Steps: Developing Parish LGBTQ+ Ministry.” Francis will offer insights from his  more than 30 years helping Catholic parishes, schools, and other institutions introduce and develop LGBTQ+ topics in their communities, as well as some of the wisdom he has gained from writing a guide to parish LGBTQ+ ministry published by Liturgical Press.

The program is scheduled for Sunday, April 14, 2024, 4:00 p.m. Eastern U.S. Time, on Zoom.

This interactive webinar will allow participants brainstorm some ideas for how they can explore this ministry journey in their home communities. Please note: this program will not be recorded.

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Francis DeBernardo has served as Executive Director of New Ways Ministry for 28 years, offering programs, resources, and consultations for Catholic interested in developing LGBTQ+ ministry. He is the author of New Ways and Next Steps: Developing Catholic LGBTQ+ Parish Ministry (Liturgical Press, 2023), Mychal Judge:‘Take Me Where You Want Me to Go,’ a biography of the gay Franciscan chaplain to the New York City Fire Department who died in the 9/11 attacks (Liturgical Press, 2022), and is a co-author of (with Robert Shine) of A Home for All: A Catholic Call for LGBTQ Non-Discrimination (New Ways Ministry, 2021)He serves as editor and contributor for Bondings 2.0, New Ways Ministry’s daily online journal about Catholic LGBTQ+ news, opinion, and spirituality.