Young people today are growing up in a complicated world that presents a constant tug of war between Gospel values and cultural pressures. This is especially true for LGBT youth, many of whom feel isolated and excluded because they are seen as “different”. This booklet offers a Catholic and Marianist rationale, perspective and orientation for assisting LGBT youth as they come to understand their sexuality. It outlines strategies for assuring that our institutions and ministries promote understanding, respect and acceptance for all young people, regardless of their sexual orientation. For more information, the resource is located in the “Resources” below.
This is one of our signature programs, giving witness and leading dialogue about the experience of LGBT persons and family members in the context of their faith.
This program is for communities (lay and religious) who would like to discuss LGBT issues. The program includes prayer, witnessing by LGBT individuals and/or their loved ones, and conversations in small and large groups. To inquire about the program or schedule it for your community please fill out our interest form here.
Recently, we have created our own subcommittee to work specifically on LGBT advocacy. Right now, this subcommittee is entering dialogue with our Marianist universities.
We are now offering the opportunity for those interested in our ministry to receive email blasts from us when we find news stories related to LGBT persons and church issues. To get on this list (identities protected), fill out our interest form here.
The LGBT Initiative Team has hosted an Annual Retreat for LGBTQ+ Catholics, their families, and allies the last four consecutive years. This retreat is a signature program for us and has had extremely positive responses!
In the fall of 2019, we held our 4th annual LGBT Retreat in Menlo Park, California. The retreat speaker was Rachel Bundang, PhD, who shared stories, art, and theological snippets with the group of 29 people gathered.
Participants enjoyed praying together, sharing ideas in small groups, wandering the beautiful retreat grounds during our free time as well as being guided by Rachel's thought-provoking questions. Everyone went home with a deeper understanding of who we are as the Community of Saints and hungry to share this appreciation with others!
Stay tuned for our next LGBT Retreat location and registration for 2021.
Our team is working with a video designer to record stories and perspectives from LGBT persons, family members, and allies in the Marianist world. We hope this video will raise awareness of the presence and role of LGBTQ+ people in the Catholic Church and in the Marianist Family.
Whether you check out the documents posted below or sign up to join or help with our projects, we hope you’ll gain valuable insights and find support regarding coming out, the role of faith and conscience, how to love LGBT children/family/friends, and ideas for making our world more accepting of LGBT persons. Links and resources are meant to provide information for our readers. Their appearance here is not an endorsement of everything for which the organizations/creators stand.