Ministering to persons with same-sex attractions

Courage is an international apostolate of the Catholic Church, which ministers to persons with same-sex attractions and assists them to develop a life of chastity, in order to find a more complete identity in Christ.

The Church loves and welcomes all people, and teaches that persons with a homosexual inclination “must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2358).

Catholics with same-sex attraction will experience loving support and encouragement in a safe, confidential environment, where they can share their concerns and struggles.

5 Goals of Courage

  • To live chaste lives in accordance with the Roman Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexuality (Chastity);
  • 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);
  • 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);
  • 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);
  • To live lives that may serve as good examples to others (Good Example/Role Model).

*Goals reprinted with permission, Courage International, Inc.

Move beyond the confines of the homosexual label and experience a more complete identity in Christ. For additional information, visit or contact the chapter below:


Fr. William Weary

Lewistown, PA Chapter Courage Ministry

Office: 717-242-2781