September 15, 2018
Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows

A month ago, the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania made public a Report of a statewide investigating grand jury, which detailed credible allegations of sexual abuse of children and youth in six dioceses in Pennsylvania, and shortcomings in the ways that such allegations were handled by diocesan administrators, particularly diocesan bishops, over the years. The Grand Jury Report followed revelations of sexual misconduct and harassment by Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, and this news has provoked justifiable anger, sadness and pain among the faithful, particularly among survivors of sexual abuse and their loved ones. “If one member” of the Body of Christ “suffers, all suffer together with it,” Saint Paul teaches (1 Cor 12:26), and in these days the suffering of the Church is grave indeed.

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Easter, 2019

Christ is risen! Truly He is risen! Alleluia!

The Good News that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead has transformed the whole world, yet we receive it in the midst of our ordinary lives.  While we struggle against old habits and strive for conversion of heart, the Risen Lord reminds us that He has come “that [we] may have life, and have it abundantly” (Jn 10:10).

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James Tissot (1836-1902). Jesus Appears to the Holy Women (Apparition de Jésus aux saintes femmes), 1886-1894. Brooklyn Museum.

“I am glad that we are talking about ‘homosexual people’ because before all else comes the individual person, in his wholeness and dignity. And people should not be defined only by their sexual tendencies: let us not forget that God loves all his creatures and we are destined to receive his infinite love.”

Pope Francis, The Name of God is Mercy

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40 Years of Courage

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Join the Courage and EnCourage family in celebrating four decades of prayer, fellowship, and pastoral support.

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Celebrating 40 Years of Courage with a New Edition of the Courage Handbook

This newly revised edition is rooted in the spiritual vision of our founding director Fr. John F. Harvey, OSFS, and informed by the solidly Catholic goals laid out by our original members.

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Message From Our Executive Director Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read and reread the fifth, sixth and seventh chapters of the Gospel according to Saint Matthew: the Sermon on the Mount. I’m sure that parts of that important text are very familiar to you as well. But in the last two weeks, it feels like I’m reading the Sermon on the Mount with new eyes, as passages that I once brushed by suddenly take on a new meaning.

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