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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 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


Courage is an international apostolate of the Catholic Church, which has been ministering to persons with same-sex attractions since 1980.  Small group meetings are ministered by a priest using the 12 step approach to healing.  Courage allows the person to experience chaste fraternity, accountability from group members who understand their struggle and the healing sacrament of Reconciliation.  Keeping in mind that true charity and love cannot be shown outside of the fullness of truth, Courage calls the person experiencing same sex attractions to strive for the following:

For local information email or leave a voice mail at 513.488.1291

For information on the international apostolate go to

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:

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:

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)