Fr. Paul Check's Closing Address
"The Triumph of Failure"

2011 Courage/EnCourage Conference Presentations: Video and Audio

Fr. Paul Check, the Executive Director of Courage, gives the final talk at the annual  Courage/EnCourage Conference held this year in August at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, IL near Chicago. He titles his talk “The Triumph of ‘Failure’” and explains how many of our triumphs come from our ‘failures’. During the course of our lives we have many failures in regard to living up to the Christian ideal but Christ is able to raise us up and bring triumph from these very failures. He relates this to the seeming failure of Jesus’ ignominious death, which resulted in the greatest of all triumphs. Listen to this message of hope and encouragement.

Angelo's Witness

Angelo's Witness: Audio only – Angelo gives his witnesses to his difficulties with same sex attraction. Listen to this moving testimony of how he is now winning that battle through the help of Courage. Recorded at the the annual  Courage/EnCourage Conference in the Chicago area.  Listen below ...

Tina's Witness: Audio only – Tina gives her personal witnesses to her struggles with same sex attraction and how the Courage apostolate and particularly working with Fr. John Harvey helped her tremendously. Recorded at the the annual  Courage/EnCourage Conference in the Chicago area.  Listen below ...

Tina's Witness

Dr. Rick Fitzgibbons gives a talk titled “Self Mastery to Self Giving: Anger and Sadness” at the annual  Courage/EnCourage Conference held this year in August at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, IL near Chicago. He uses his experience as a professor at the John Paul II Institute, and his work with thousands of couples to explain the teaching of John Paul II that the secret to self-giving is to master one’s self and how this helps with confidence to develop healthy, moral relationships. He recommends the Catholic Medical Association's Homosexuality and Hope PDF as a resource for those dealing with same sex attraction.

Dr. Rick Fitzgibbons
"Self Mastery to Self Giving: Anger and Sadness"

Dr. Sean Stevens
"Catholic Prayer and Piety:
A Devotional Approach for Healing Gender Identity"

Dr. Sean Stevens gives a talk at the annual Courage/EnCourage Conference in Chicago titled “Catholic Prayer and Piety: A Devotional Approach for Healing Gender Identity”. He covers the role of prayer in healing same sex attraction and how it relates to reason and therapy.

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted
"Blessed are Those Who Believe: Faith and Fidelity Today"

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoenix, AZ gives a talk called “Blessed are Those Who Believe: Faith and Fidelity Today” at the Conference. He covers the virtues in general and then focuses on Faith in particular and how to stay strong in this virtue when today’s world is so discouraging. He does this by examining the life of Blessed John Paul II whom he personally knew. Of the many virtues that the Blessed Pope had, Faith is what stands out the most and this is based on his devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary who as St. Elizabeth proclaimed “Blessed is she who believe." He grew in faith despite having experienced many personal and national tragedies in Poland in World War II and the communist aftermath. This Faith involves three elements 1. Trust in God completely, 2. Ascent, a free ascent to the whole truth, 3. Obedience, to what God asks us to do.

Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke
"The Memory of Fr. John Harvey, OSFS and the Future of Courage and EnCourage"

His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke gives the opening keynote address titled “The Memory of Fr. John Harvey, OSFS and the Future of Courage and EnCourage”, at the annual Courage/EnCourage Conference. After an introduction by Fr. Paul Check, Executive Director of Courage, Cardinal Burke gives a tribute to the late Father John Harvey the co-founder of Courage and EnCourage who was his personal friend. He focuses on the many pastoral innovations that Fr. Harvey developed from his deep respect of the personhood of people with homosexual attraction, leading them to accept and embrace the virtues advocated by the Church.

His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke gives answers to questions fielded by the audience after  his opening keynote address titled “The Memory of Fr. John Harvey, OSFS and the Future of Courage and EnCourage,” at the annual Courage/EnCourage Conference which ministers to people suffering from same sex attraction.

Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke
"Questions and Answers"

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