Move beyond the confines of the homosexual label to a more complete identity in Christ

Desire of the Everlasting Hills

Three intimate and candid portraits of Catholics who try to navigate the waters of self-understanding, faith, and homosexuality.

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5 Goals of Courage

  1. Chastity
  2. Prayer and Dedication
  3. Fellowship
  4. Support
  5. Good Example/Role Model
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The Five Goals were created by the members themselves, when Courage was founded. The goals are read at the start of each meeting and each member is called to practice them in daily life. Here are the Goals in their entirety.

  1. To live chaste lives in accordance with the Roman Catholic Church's teaching on homosexuality. ( Chastity )
  2. To dedicate our entire lives 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. (Prayer and Dedication)
  3. To foster a spirit of fellowship in which we may share with one another our thoughts and experiences, and so ensure that no one will have to face the problems of homosexuality alone. (Fellowship)
  4. To be mindful of the truth that chaste friendships are not only possible but necessary in a chaste Christian life; and to encourage one another in forming and sustaining these friendships. (Support)
  5. To live lives that may serve as good examples to others. (Good Example/Role Model)

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Watch Presentations from Previous Courage / EnCourage Conferences

More talks will be posted as they become available.


2015

Challenge of Friendship Today

Presented by:
Prof. John Cuddeback

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Church and State

Presented by:
Bishop Thomas Paprocki

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God Dwells Among Us

Presented by:
Archbishop Blasé Cupich

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Last Judgement

Presented by:
Cardinal Edwin O'Brien

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Moral Theology for Our Times

Presented by:
Bishop John LeVoir

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Nine Rules of Catholic Friendship

Presented by:
Emily Stimpson

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Relationships in Understanding Identity

Presented by:
Fr. John Waiss

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Sin and Addiction in The Lord of the Rings

Presented by:
Prof. Joseph Pearce

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The Light Shines in the Darkness

Presented by:
Fr. Raphael Mary Salzillo, O.P.

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The Secret of Life

Presented by:
Fr. Paul Check

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2014

A Burden that Lifts us to God

Presented by:
Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.

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Coming Down from the Mountain

Presented by:
Fr. Don Timone

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Coraggio

Presented by:
Bishop Daniel E. Thomas

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Fire of Divine Love

Presented by:
Fr. Paul Check

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For When I am Weak, Then I am Strong

Presented by:
Fr. Paul Check

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Immaculee’s Story of Faith, Hope, and Forgiveness

Presented by:
Immaculee Ilibagiza

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Judge Not? Clarifying a New Testament Understanding of Judgement

Presented by:
Andrew Comiskey

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Namugongo Jubilee: Lessons from Our Patron Saints

Presented by:
Fr. Philip Bochanski, C.O.

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Panel Discussion on Desire of the Everlasting Hills Documentary

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The Christian Meaning of Human Sexuality

Presented by:
Fr. Joseph Koterski, S.J.

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What If We Took Pope Francis at His Word?

Presented by:
Dr. Helen Alvare

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2013

All Things For Good

Presented by:
Dr. Bill Consiglio

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Fearing the Lord … and Not Being Afraid

Presented by:
Fr. Paul Scalia

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Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints

Presented by:
Dawn Eden

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Internet Pornography Addiction: Medium and Content Collide with the Human Brain

Presented by:
Sr. Marysia Weber

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Living and Working the Steps with Scripture and the Saints

Presented by:
Fr. Emmerich Vogt, O.P.

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Paul’s Testimony

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Robin’s Testimony

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The Joy of the Lord Will Be Your Strength

Presented by:
Fr. Paul Check, Executive Director

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The Question that Haunts Us

Presented by:
Fr. Jeffrey Keefe, OFM

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What Does It Mean to be a Human Image of God?

Presented by:
Bishop John M. LeVoir Bishop of New Ulm, Minnesorta

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Why Is There Sex?

Presented by:
Dr. J. Budziszewski

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2012

2012 Courage/EnCourage Conference Keyote Address

Presented by:
Most Rev. James D. Conley, Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Denver

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A Simple Plan: Blessed Mother Teresa’s Perspective of Life

Presented by:
Fr. Joseph Klee

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Karl’s Testimony

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Naked Surrender – Coming Home to our True Sexuality

Presented by:
Andrew Comiskey

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Providing Hope in the Midst of Despair: A Person Centered Response to AIDS

Presented by:
Dr. Timothy Flanigan

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Rilene’s Testimony

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The Goodness of God: Reclaiming the Gift of Hope

Presented by:
Fr. James Livingston

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The Straight Story

Presented by:
Melinda Selmys

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The Varieties of Guilt

Presented by:
Fr. Jeffrey Keefe

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2011

2011 Courage/EnCourage Conference Questions and Answers

Presented by:
Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke

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Angelo’s Witness

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Blessed are Those Who Believe: Faith and Fidelity Today

Presented by:
Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted

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Catholic Prayer and Piety: A Devotional Approach for Healing Gender Identity

Presented by:
Dr. Sean Stevens

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Self Mastery to Self Giving: Anger and Sadness

Presented by:
Dr. Rick Fitzgibbons

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The Memory of Fr. John Harvey, OSFS and the Future of Courage and EnCourage

Presented by:
Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke

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The Triumph of Failure

Presented by:
Fr. Paul Check

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Tina’s Witness

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