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Ministry of Courage

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Ministry of Courage

Are you or a loved one experiencing homosexual/lesbian attractions and looking for answers within the Catholic Church?

The Diocese of Oakland offers support to persons with same-sex attraction and their loved ones through the ministry of Courage, an apostolate of the Roman Catholic Church. In Courage you will get to know men and women who share in your concerns.

Courage has been endorsed by the Pontifical Council for the Family - John Paul II said of this ministry, "COURAGE is doing the work of God!"  They also have an outreach called Encourage which ministers to relatives and friends of persons with same-sex attractions.

For more information, call (650) 450-2286 or contact one of our chaplains at the following e-mail addresses:

Fr. John Direen

Fr. Francisco Figueroa-Esquer

You can also learn more at the Courage website: www.couragerc.net or, for Spanish-speaking, www.courage-latino.org AND, for more information on the Church's teaching and ministry to persons with homosexual inclinations, at the U.S. Bishops' webpages. Ministerio a las personas con inclinacion homosexual

"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)

Recent Articles & Talks:

Gay Catholic to Synod
I Am Not Gay...I Am David talk / article / book
Talks from Courage & Encourage
Articles from EnCourage for friends & family (scroll to bottom of page)


The Family Life Ministry strives to embrace each of God's people.

Heavenly Father, You sent us Your Son Jesus. He died for our sins & rose from the dead demonstrating Your immense love for us. You also gave us Your mother Mary to be our mother. Thank You, Father, for Your love.

Father, we implore You to bless the Courage Apostolate. Grant them Your protection & guidance. Help them in their ministry to bring Your love, fellowship and direction to those experiencing same-sex attractions.