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Online Support

Courage offers online and email discussion groups for individuals, spouses, family and friends, and priests. Select a forum below and click the button to view the group page. To join a group you will need to create a Yahoo account (free) if you don't already have one. After you request membership in a group you will be sent posting guidelines and goals, which you will need to complete and return via email.

Bible Study

A Bible Study for members of Courage

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Courage

For those struggling with same sex attractions

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Courage Latino

For Hispanics and Latinos struggling with same sex attractions

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Courageous Clergy

For priests ministering to persons experiencing same-sex attractions

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EnCourage General

For friends and family of loved ones with same-sex attractions

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EnCourage Spouses

For spouses of individuals with same-sex attractions

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Ladies

For ladies struggling with same sex attractions

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Reparation

For those who want to pray, fast and sacrifice in reparation for sins against human sexuality in the spirit of Fatima

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Young Adults

For those 18-24 and struggling with same sex attractions

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How to Send a Message

After your membership in a group is confirmed e-mail messages will come to your e-mail or be available for access on the Yahoo Group page (you can configure these settings in Yahoo). These messages will be from each member of the Group that sends an email. To send an email to everyone in the Group do the following:


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  1. Send your emails to the Post Message email address listed on the Group page.
  2. Always include information about your email in the subject line. This helps all members sort their email messages.
  3. Include your first name in the Email and if you wish further identification you might want to include the State or City you are from.

Conversation Starter Suggestions

Looking for some ideas for discussion? Here are some for starters.


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  • The need for group support and friendship
  • Understanding chastity and living it (what does this mean? how do we do it?)
  • Spiritual helps (Mass, rosary, devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, group support, spiritual reading, daily prayer)
  • Dealing with the temptation to fantasize sexually, and/or masturbate
  • Pornography and addiction
  • Gender identity; self image
  • The need for healthy, chaste same-sex friendships
  • Learning to relate to the other sex
  • Relationship with parents, other family members and/or friends
  • Anger
  • Forgiveness
  • Emotional woundedness
  • Emotional dependency
  • Sexual abuse
  • How to develop the virtue of self-control
  • How do I start a Courage group?
  • How do I bring up this topic in the confessional?
  • Accountability and honesty (regular spiritual direction, confession, etc)
  • Isolation
  • Dealing with guilt and/or feelings of shame and unworthiness
  • Should I tell my spouse, if he/she doesn't already know about my struggle OR (if my spouse already knows) how can my spouse help me?
  • If I want to get married some day, is there hope for me?
  • Was I "born this way"?
  • Should I refer to myself as "gay" or "lesbian"?

Please Note

The Group Moderator reserves the right to not include any email messages that are attempts to knock down Courage and it's adherence to Church teaching, or any members of the Group. This is a place to be uplifted and to uplift others as we journey onward.

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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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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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.

Presented by:
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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