Young Adults 18-25
God Loves Us:
We are beloved children of God, regardless of our desires or inclinations.
As young adults who experience same-sex attractions, we do have options, even if they may be difficult and challenging to see right now.
Some with SSA may feel lonely and sad. "Gay" or "lesbian" groups may seek to offer a sense of acceptance but provide only superficial and temporary comfort, leading to a lifestyle and an identity that is not really who a person is.
We've pulled together links to a variety of materials (on this web site and others) that speak more directly to those 18 to 25.
It's important to stay connected to others who welcome us as we are and understand our struggle as we travel along the journey to understanding SSA and strengthening our relationship with God!
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?
"God Made Me This Way"
Same-Sex Marriage Laws Force the Church to 'Fuss'
Unsure of Your Sexuality?
Nine Spiritual Truths
Overcoming the Four Hatreds
Courage Member Testimonies
Highlighted Items of Interest
What Is Chastity?
Locate a Courage Chapter
Six Areas of Personal Growth
Download Young Adult Brochure
Resources From the Courage Web Site
Unlocking the Coming Out Trap
(Please note: The Courage Apostolate only serves individuals 18 and above.)
From Love, For Love, By Love: A Deeper Understanding of Contraception, Same Sex Attractions, and Authentic Love
Incorporates the broader meaning of the person, the body, friendship, love, and of sexuality into a discussion of same-sex attraction. (Purchase from Lighthouse Media)
Also from Fr. Michael Schmitz
The mission of Eagle Eye Minstries is to provide in-depth formation in the Christian life for young people by bringing them to an authentic encounter with Christ in Faith; providing rigorous intellectual formation in the light of God’s word and the Philosophy of Aristotle; fostering authentic expressions of human culture; and allowing them the experience of community which will allow real friendships and support on the path to holiness. We not only want to inspire our participants to do great things with their lives and offer them the formation that makes it possible, but we also want to provide them with the resources they need in order to find their unique place in the Church.
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Homosexuality and the Pursuit of Truth: Knights of Columbus
Guadalupe Radio Interview: October 1, 2013
Pamphlet: A Place To Call Home
Pamphlet: Embracing the Faith
Other Resources from
Today’s youth struggle with difficult questions of sexual identity. How can a youth worker offer wise care and counsel on such a controversial and confusing subject? Mark Yarhouse, director of the Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity, equips youth ministers so they can faithfully navigate the topic of sexual identity in a way that is honest, compassionate, and accessible. Reframing the focus away from the culture wars, Yarhouse introduces readers to the developmental considerations in the formation of sexual identity---all of which occurs in the teen years. He offers practical and helpful ways to think about homosexuality along with suggestions for talking with people who experience same-sex attraction. He also helps parents and youth volunteers learn to graciously respond to children and teens who struggle with questions of sexual identity, and discusses how youth ministry can become more relevant in the lives of youth who are navigating these issues.
Understanding Sexual Identity
Part 1: Presentation given at a University of Tulsa
Part 2: Clarifying Chastity, Celibacy, and Abstinence