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About EnCourage

In the Northeast and Canada, Catholic men and women began gathering in order to seek help and guidance in understanding and supporting their loved ones who experienced same­sex attractions. Several distinct groups emerged with different names, but all with the same purpose.

At the 1992 Annual Courage Conference in Toronto, members representing these various local chapters adopted the name EnCourage

EnCourage is a Roman Catholic apostolate for parents, friends and family members of loved ones with same­sex attractions. EnCourage is a faithful witness to Catholic teaching on sexual morality which meets the needs of its members with charity and compassion. EnCourage does not embrace the necessity of changing a loved one’s sexual attraction to seek support from our ministry.

EnCourage helps members to focus on their own spiritual development with the goals of achieving peace and complete trust in God’s Providence and His love for us and for the ones we love. EnCourage offers a supportive, confidential environment to share feelings, experiences, information and guidance for maintaining healthy relationships with our loved ones with same­sex attractions.

EnCourage provides members with an understanding of the needs of individuals who experience same­sex attractions and assists members to reach out to their loved ones with true compassion. EnCourage supports the work of Courage, the Roman Catholic apostolate to same­sex attracted individuals who live chastely in fellowship, truth and love.

If you love our faith and also your loved one with same­sex attractions, you do not have to feel confused or isolated any longer. Be welcomed by a group of committed Catholics who understand your sufferings and who will walk and pray with you on this journey.

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

Presented by:
Bishop Mark Seitz

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

Presented by:
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

Presented by:
Prof. Joseph Pearce

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Testimony: Blake S.

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Blake S.

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Testimony: Connie C.

Presented by:
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

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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