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Are you or a loved one experiencing homosexual attractions and looking for answers?
Courage, an apostolate of the Catholic Church, ministers to persons with same-sex attractions and their loved ones. We have been endorsed by the Pontifical Council for the Family
and our beloved John Paul II said of this ministry, "COURAGE is doing the work of God!"  We also have an outreach called EnCourage which ministers to relatives, spouses, and friends of persons with same-sex attractions.

From our web site you will learn about same-sex attractions and chastity.  By developing an interior life of chastity, which is the universal call to all Christians, one can move beyond the confines of the homosexual label to a more complete identity in Christ.

In Courage you will get to know men and women who share in your concerns, meeting them online through our Listservs, or in person at Chapter Meetings, Conferences, Days of Recollection, and Retreats. 

Come see what we are about.  Browse our pages.  Get to know our community. You'll be glad you did!

"Trust Christ; listen attentively to his teachings, fix your eyes on his face, persevere in listening to his Word. Allow him to focus your search and your aspirations, all your ideals and the desires of your heart."   -- Pope John Paul II

"Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them - every day begin the task anew."  ... St. Francis deSales

Homosexuality, Identity, and the Grace of Chastity
Courage’s Fr. Paul Check on why chastity is an essential virtue for those
with same-sex attraction—and for all Christians.

Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality Marquette University

These are "must read" articles and links for Courage members and supporters.

Clarity and Charity: The Catholic Church and Homosexuality
Homosexuality, Courage, and the Catholic Church

   Audio CDs of the 2013 Courage/EnCourage Conference are available:
Click here to download the mail-in order form.

INFORMED CONSENT:   Fr. Paul Check's Column
Articles which address homosexuality from the standpoint of the medical and psychological sciences.

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"We think primarily in earthly categories.” T hese words from John Paul II’s 1985 Apostolic Letter Delecti Amici , addressed to the Youth of the World best sums up criticisms over the group of authors Austin Ruse has recently dubbed the “New Homophiles”: concerning sexual identity, they think primarily in earthly categories.. (Read the entire article online ...)

General Courage/EnCourage Brochure and Young Adult Brochure now available for download and distribution.

If you prefer to mail in a check or money order, download
the Donation Form, print, and send it with your donation to:
Courage International, Inc., 8 Leonard Street, Norwalk, CT 06850

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You don't have to make this journey alone!

Spiritual support for Catholic men and women with same-sex attractions who desire to live chaste lives in accordance with the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

The New Homophiles: Some Reasons for Concern
By Daniel Mattson

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2013 Annual Courage/EnCourage Conference Presentations are now available for online viewing:

St. Augustine is famous for having prayed, “Lord, make me chaste, but not yet.” Father Paul Check, the director of Courage, suggests that chastity, like justice and mercy, is indeed part of the Good News of Christ and to ignore it is self-defeating. (Read the entire article online...)

Courage Head Sees Christ in Pope's 'Non-judgment' Remarks
By Kerri Lenartowick

. As many look for signs of change in Pope Francis' comments on people with same-sex attraction, the leader of a ministry for those with homosexual inclinations instead believes the Pope's words hearken back to Christ himself.

Understanding and Accepting the "Redemptive"
Value of Suffering

Based on John Paul II's Salvifici Doloris
"On the Christian Meaning of Human Suffering"

2014 Oceania Courage/EnCourage Conference
Sydney - Saturday, September 27, 2014

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Pennsylvania - May 22 - May 25, 2014

Sports Camp XV 

A Spiritual Conference for Members and Friends of Courage and EnCourage
THURSDAY, July 17th - SUNDAY, July 20th  - Villanova University - Near Philadelphia

Upcoming Conferences, Retreats, Days of Recollection

Part 1: Presentation given at a University of Tulsa

Part 2: Clarifying Chastity, Celibacy, and Abstinence