International apostolate of the Catholic Church ministering to persons with same-sex attractions

Courage

Endorsed by the Pontifical Council for the Family, Courage seeks to help persons with same-sex attractions develop an interior life of chastity and move beyond the confines of the homosexual identity to a more complete identity in Christ.

Monthly Courage meetings provide members a place to share their concerns and struggles, to support one another and find support for themselves.

EnCourage, a Catholic outreach that provides support to family members of those with same-sex attractions, is also offered.

Strict confidentiality is maintained.

FIVE GOALS FOR COURAGE

CHASTITY

Live chaste lives in accordance with the Roman Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexuality.

PRAYER AND DEDICATION

Dedicate one’s life 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.

FELLOWSHIP

Foster a spirit of fellowship in which all may share thoughts and experiences, and so ensure that no one will have to face the problems of homosexuality alone.

SUPPORT

Be mindful of the truth that chaste friendships are not only possible but necessary in a chaste Christian life and in doing so provide encouragement to one another in forming and sustaining them.

GOOD EXAMPLE

Live lives that may serve as good examples to others.

CONTACT US

If you would like to learn more about Courage in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, email courage@archbalt.org. A priest will contact you. 

For more information on Courage International, click here

Video Resources

Clarity, Charity and Homosexuality

In an episode of “Franciscan University Presents,” Executive Director of Courage International Father Paul Check discusses how the Church can reach out with compassion and truth to those experiencing same-sex attraction. 

Homosexuality and the Catholic Church

Jason Evert, an international speaker on chastity, discusses the Catholic Church’s teaching on same-sex attractions.

AUTHENTIC TRUTH AND COMPASSION

Father Paul Check, Executive Director of Courage International, speaks about his ministry.  Courage members share their experiences.