EnCourage is a ministry within Courage dedicated to the spiritual needs of parents, siblings, children, and other relatives and friends of persons who have same-sex attractions.
Standing by the true teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, EnCourage members support one another and their loved ones through discussion, prayer and fellowship.
Come join us! If there is no group in your area, consider starting one or consider joining the ListServ.
Read Online: How Courage and EnCourage Gave Us Hope - By "An EnCourage Dad"
Spiritual and Emotional Growth: Nine Spiritual Truths
Read Online: Loving Our Children with Same-Sex Attractions: One Mother's Story
There are some very informative pages on the Courage web site which parents and other concerned individuals will find helpful for correctly understanding the Church's teachings regarding homosexuality and those of God's children who struggle with same-sex attractions. We have listed them here. If you know of others that should be included in this list, please contact the Courage Central Office.
Spiritual and Emotional Growth: Six Areas of Personal Growth
Living in Truth: 11 Church Teachings on Homosexuality
Living in Truth: Unsure of Your Sexuality?
Living in Truth: A Research Report About Psychological Treatment
Living in Truth: Catholic Language Regarding Homosexuality
Living in Truth: Erroneous Assumptions
Living in Truth: Homosexuality and Hope
Facing Society: Unlocking the "Coming Out" Trap
Facing Society: Overcoming the Four Hatreds
Facing Society: What is Chastity?
FROM THE "PUTTING INTO PRACTICE" SECTION (Under the Resources Tab)
FROM THE "RESOURCES FOR PRIESTS" SECTION (Under the Resources Tab)
Is There a Gay Gene?
What Does Research Show: Therapies for Same-Sex Attractions
Catechesis on Homosexuality: Making the Distinctions
Outreach to Homosexual Persons: The Understanding Heart
Don't Call Me Gay!
What is Marriage?
Note: These links will take you to an external web site. The page will open in a separate browser window, so when you have finished reading, simply close the page and you should be back on this page.
A Label That Sticks by Fr. Paul Scalia
Designed For Sex: What We Lose When We Forget What Sex is For by J. Budziszewski
The Gay Invention: Homosexuality Is a Linguistic as Well as a Moral Error by R.V. Young
"Gay Genes," Sexual Attractions, and the Call to Chastity by Fr. Tad Pacholczyk
FROM THE "INFORMED CONSENT" SECTION (Under the Resources Tab)
A Paper on the Psychology of Forgiveness by Dr. Robert Enright
Same-Sex Attractions in Youth and Their Right to Informed Consent by Richard P. Fitzgibbons, MD
Who Am I? Psychological Issues in Gender Identity and Same-Sex Attraction
I Am Not Gay ... I Am David by David Prosen
OTHER HELPFUL PAGES IN THE COURAGE WEB SITE
Our Five Goals
The Twelve Steps of Courage
Pray For Us
Annual Courage/EnCourage Conference Presentations (Online Videos)
Books, Audios, and DVDs
Related Web Sites
Note: The links in the column to the left will take you to an external web site. The page will open in a separate browser window.
Read Online: EnCourage Testimonial
COURAGE TESTIMONIALS: A collection of deeply inspiring testimonies from Courage members.
Fr. Michael Schmitz is the Chaplain for the Newman Catholic Campus Ministry of the University of Minnesota Duluth. Every month the Diocese of Duluth publishes a diocesan newspaper. Fr. Mike is a regular columnist answering fundamental questions of the Catholic Faith. Below are four of those questions and his answers.
Why Don't Same-Sex Couples Have a Right to Marry?
Same-Sex Marriage Laws Force the Church to 'Fuss'
God Made Me This Way"
Daniel Mattson writes to those who have children struggling with same-sex attraction . . .
Fr. Paul Check, Executive Director of Courage International, Inc., asks parents to be guided by the clarity and authentic compassion of the Gospel message.
Dealing With Same-Sex Attraction
The Path to Intimacy: It Took Courage to Find It
An inspiring story of the role Courage has played in one man's life and his pursuit of true intimacy.
What's a Spouse, Parent, Family Member, Friend, or Pastor To Do?