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

About Courage

Persons with homosexual desires have always been with us; however, until recent times, there has been little, if any, formal outreach from the Church in the way of support groups or information for such persons. Most were left to work out their path on their own. As a result, they found themselves listening to and accepting the secular society’s perspective and opting to act on their same-sex desires.

His Eminence, the late Terence Cardinal Cooke of New York, was aware of, and troubled by this situation. He knew that the individual dealing with same-sex attractions truly needed to experience the freedom of interior chastity and in that freedom find the steps necessary to living a fully Christian life in communion with God and others. He was concerned that many would not find this path and would be constantly trying to get their needs met in ways that ultimately do not satisfy the desires of the heart.

In response to this concern, he decided to form a spiritual support system which would assist men and women with same-sex attractions in living chaste lives in fellowship, truth and love. Knowing of Fr. John Harvey’s extensive ministry experience in this field, he invited him to come to his Archdiocese. With the help of the Rev. Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R., and others, Fr. Harvey began the Courage Apostolate with its first meeting in September, 1980 at the Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in South Ferry (Manhattan).

With the endorsement of the Holy See, Courage now has more than 100 Chapters and contact people world-wide, over 1500 persons participating in its ListServs, and hundreds of persons per week receiving assistance from the main office and website. It has become a mainstream Catholic Apostolate helping thousands of men and women find peace through fellowship, prayer, and the Sacraments.

The Courage Central Office operates through the partial financial support of the Archdiocese of New York and Diocese of Bridgeport, but largely through the contributions and volunteer work of Courage members and other individuals and organizations committed to advancing its efforts. Individual chapters throughout the world are self-supporting and exist with the permission of their diocesan Bishop.

In helping individuals gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the Church’s teachings, especially in the area of chastity, Courage extends the Church’s invitation to a life of peace and grace. In chaste living, one finds the peace and grace to grow in Christian maturity.

If you are in need of guidance and direction, please send us an e-mail. We will put you in touch with someone who can help you: NYCourage@aol.com.

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2015

Challenge of Friendship Today

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Prof. John Cuddeback

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Church and State

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Bishop Thomas Paprocki

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Forgiveness in a Wounded World

Presented by:
Sr. J. Sheila Galligan, I.H.M.

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God Dwells Among Us

Presented by:
Archbishop Blasé Cupich

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Happiness by Embracing the Cross

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Bishop Mark Seitz

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Invite, Elevate, Disarm | Medical Professional Track (Audio Only)

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Andrew - from Courage

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Invite, Elevate, Disarm | Pastoral Track (Audio Only)

Presented by:
Andrew - from Courage

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Last Judgement

Presented by:
Cardinal Edwin O'Brien

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Learn to Discern

Presented by:
Fr. Robert McTeigue, S.J.

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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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One Who Has Hope Lives Differently

Presented by:
Fr. Philip Bochanski

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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

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Prof. Joseph Pearce

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Testimony: Blake S.

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Blake S.

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Testimony: Connie C.

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Connie C.

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The Beatitudes

Presented by:
Fr. Paul Scalia

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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

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Immaculee Ilibagiza

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Judge Not? Clarifying a New Testament Understanding of Judgement

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Andrew Comiskey

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Namugongo Jubilee: Lessons from Our Patron Saints

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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Andrew Comiskey

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

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Dr. Timothy Flanigan

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Rilene’s Testimony

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The Goodness of God: Reclaiming the Gift of Hope

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Fr. James Livingston

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The Straight Story

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Melinda Selmys

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The Varieties of Guilt

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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

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Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted

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

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Dr. Sean Stevens

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Self Mastery to Self Giving: Anger and Sadness

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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

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Fr. Paul Check

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Tina’s Witness

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