Family and Respect Life Contact:

Colleen Gerke
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100 East Eighth St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 421-3131 voice
(513) 421-1582 fax

  Colleen Gerke  x 2624
  Bonnie Mack x 2623
  Caron Bergen x 2620
  Louise Davis x 2621
  Linda Niehaus x 2653

Noreen Wendeln
1436 Needmore Rd.
Dayton OH 45414
(937) 222-0227 voice
(937) 279-9482 fax

Joshua Danis
119 East Water St.
Sidney, Ohio 45365
(937) 492-4449 voice
(937) 498-1193 fax

Ministry for Persons with a Homosexual Inclination

Catholic Ministry WITH Gays & Lesbians :
The Family Life Office recognizes that today’s diverse families also need support to live a life that reflects God’s covenant of unconditional love to all people. Inaugurated by Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk in 1998, this ministry pastorally reaches out to families where parents of gay and lesbian persons, their families and friends may:

  • … find peer support among others of the Catholic faith who are dealing with the same situation,
  • … receive accurate information about homosexuality,
  • … learn the Church’s teaching and position and find their place in the Christian community.

Catholic Ministry WITH Gays & Lesbians strives to embrace each of God’s people, build bridges of understanding and heal shattered relationships with families and friends by providing:

  • … Referrals to support groups and professional services if requested.
  • … Opportunities for spiritual growth, prayer gatherings and spiritual sharing groups.
  • … Education and resources for parishes, schools, and diocesan agencies.

Though at times you may feel discouraged, hurt, or angry, do not walk away from your families, from the Christian community, from all those who love you. In you God’s love is revealed. You are always our children.
(National conference of Catholic Bishops: 1997)

Documents and Resources:

Always Our Children A Pastoral Message to Parents of Homosexual Children

Ministry for Persons with a Homosexual Inclination Guidelines for Pastoral Care (November 14, 2006 – USCCB Publication No. 5-788)

Support Group for Friends & Family of Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgendered:

Support Group for PARENTS of GLBT: Good Shepherd Parish, 8815 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati, Ohio  45249 513.489.8815, x 709 Jack Peltz jack.peltz@good-shepherd.org Meet every 4th Monday at 7:00 p.m. unless holiday No reservations required, free and all are welcome!