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Marriage and Family Life Contact:

Dan Thimons
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Office for Marriage & Family Evangelization & Discipleship
100 East Eighth St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 421-3131

Dan Thimons, Director
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Ryan Mahle, Marriage Prep

Parenting with Challenges

 Parents who persevere over difficult circumstances deserve our prayers, our support, and our praise. In this section, you will find access to tools for coping with specific challenges that parents can face. If you have a different challenge and would like resources to address it, we encourage you to contact our office at

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Whenever a beloved family member or a close friend passes away, there is season of pain and sorrow.  It is not alway easy to enter into those healthy stages of mourning a loved one, but the Church is filled with people who have shared a similar journey.  Many are willing and anxious to assist you within a process of bereavement.

Same-sex attraction:

“The Church seeks to enable every person to live out the universal call to holiness. Persons with a same-sex attraction ought to receive every aid and encouragement to embrace this call personally and fully. This will unavoidably involve much struggle and self-mastery, for following Jesus always means following the way of the Cross…. The Sacraments of the Eucharist and of Penance are essential sources of consolation and aid on this path.”
– USCCB, Ministry to Persons with a Homosexual Inclination (2006), p. 13

Videos:            The Third Way               Desire of the Everlasting Hills

Book:                Why I Don’t Call Myself Gay

Website:          Truth and Love

Local ministry to men and women with same sex attraction and their families:

The Church has long been aware of the need of a genuine pastoral outreach to persons who experience same sex attraction (SSA). 

Courage International and EnCourage are the only Archdiocesan approved ministries assisting those who experience SSA and their families to embrace the freedom and power that comes from living life to its fullness in Christ through the Catholic Church.

Please be aware that the Archdiocesan Office for Marriage & Family Evangelization & Discipleship does not sanction any parish based or school based group ministering to those with same-sex attraction and their loved ones. Some of these independent groups may promote and advocate positions contrary to Catholic teaching.


Courage International is an apostolate in the Catholic Church to aid those who experience same sex attraction in a healthy integration of life. Through a small group format, members share their experience and challenge one another to a greater holiness of life. For more information, email (Cincinnati), (Dayton & North), or leave a confidential voicemail at 513-488-1291


The Archdiocese of Cincinnati is home to a local chapter of EnCourage, which is “an apostolate which provides pastoral care for families and friends of people who experience same sex attractions and/or gender dysphoria. In many cases, their loved ones have adopted the LGBTQ label, and may have moved away from actively practicing their faith.” For more information, please call (513) 327-8186 or email theEncourage Chaplain


Special Needs

Find more information at our page dedicated to Children with Disabilities.  You may also wish to visit the National Catholic Partnership on Disability. The National Apostolate for Inclusion Ministry: Supporting the Inclusion of Persons with Mental Retardation in the Catholic Church has now combined with Nathional Catholic Partnership on Disability.

“Sometimes it is challenging to find a reason for what appears only as a difficulty to be overcome or even pain to be endured. Yet our faith helps us to break open the horizon beyond our own selves in order to see life as God does. God’s unconditional love, which bathes every human individual, points to a meaning and purpose for all human life.

-Meeting with Young People having Disabilities, Words of His Holiness Benedict XVI, April 19, 2008

Visit our page about Inclusion ministries for more resources!

Other Challenges?

Let us know about the unique difficulties your family is facing, and we will help find the support you need.  Contact Us Now.

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