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:

  1. To live chaste lives in accordance with the Roman Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexuality. (Chastity)
  1. To dedicate our entire lives to Christ through service to others, spiritual      reading, prayer, meditation, individual spiritual direction, frequent attendance at Mass, and the frequent reception of the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist. (Prayer and Dedication)
  2. To foster a spirit of fellowship in which we may share with one another our      thoughts and experiences, and so ensure that no one will have to face the      problems of homosexuality alone. (Fellowship)
  3. To be mindful of the truth that chaste friendships are not only possible but      necessary in a chaste Christian life; and to encourage one another in forming and sustaining these friendships. (Support)
  4. To live lives that may serve as good examples to others. (Good Example/Role      Model)

For local information email courage@catholiccincinnati.org or leave a voice mail at 513.488.1291

For information on the international apostolate go to http://couragerc.org/

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!

Our Lady of Visitation – Support Group for Parents, Relatives and Friends of LGBT People:  contact Bill Tonnis at 347-2218 or btonnis@olvisitation.org or Mary Keilholz at 941-8676 or marykeilholz@gmail.com.