“Courageous Friendship: Inspiring Hope and Renewal,” is the theme of Courage International’s upcoming annual conference for men and women who experience same-sex attractions (SSA) and families of those who identify as LGBT. This year’s gathering will be held at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake (also known as Mundelein Seminary) in Mundelein, IL from July 18-21, 2019. The main conference will be preceded by a “Clergy Day” on July 17 for priests, deacons, and religious who wish to receive formation in how to minister to persons who experience SSA.
Courage member and well-known young adult blogger, Avera Maria Santo, and The Catholic Man Show hosts, Adam Minihan and David Niles, are among the featured speakers at this year’s event. Father Michael Gaitley, MIC, Director of Evangelization of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception in Stockbridge, Mass., will also be giving an address.
Other confirmed speakers include the director of the Catholic Women’s Forum, and member of the board of directors for Courage International, Mary Rice Hasson; FOCUS’ regional director for parish outreach, Kelsey Skoch; co-founder and president of The King’s Men, Mark Houck; and Courage member and author, David Prosen.
Conference participants will have the opportunity to attend talks on various topics, including pastoral ministry, psychology, and understanding family members and loved ones who experience SSA. The event will include daily Mass, an evening of all-night Eucharistic Adoration, and the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Simultaneous translations from English to Spanish will be made available and additional information and updates will be available at the event page: www.couragerc.org/event/annualconference2019/