Inspiring Hope and Renewal

Courage & EnCourage Annual Conference
July 18 – 21, 2019
Clergy Track on July 17
University of St. Mary of the Lake
Seminary & Conference Center
Mundelein, IL


Click here to register!

Full Conference Package…….….$425.00 per person
Includes overnight accommodations (3 nights) and all meals from Thursday dinner through Sunday lunch.

Commuter Package.………………Thursday: $75.00
Includes meals. Friday: $110.00
Saturday: $125.00
Sunday: $55.00

Clergy Track (for clergy only)….……no charge

Special program on Wednesday, July 17. Includes lunch. Free-will offerings gratefully accepted. Lodging may be arranged at the participant’s expense. See online registration for clergy track accommodation options plus full conference rates. 



All prices quoted in U.S. Dollars.
Registration deadline is July 3.

Problems registering online? Please contact:
University of St. Mary of the Lake
Conference Center — Registration
1000 East Maple Avenue, Mundelein, IL 60060-1174
+1 (847) 566-8290


Thursday, July 18

2:00 — 4:30 pm Registration
5:00 — 6:00 pm Celebration of Mass
6:00 — 7:00 pm Dinner
7:30 — 9:00 pm Keynote Address:
Praying in Times of Crisis
Fr. Paul Scalia

9:00 — 9:45 pm Welcome for First-Time Attendees
Courage Staff

9:00 —10:30 pm Healing Prayer Service
(with private Confession)
Fr. James Livingston

Friday, July 19

7:00 — 7:30 am Misa en Español
7:30 — 8:30 am Breakfast
9:00 — 9:30 am State of the Apostolate
Fr. Philip G. Bochanski

9:30 — 10:30 am St. Thérèse: The Way of Merciful Love
Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC

11:00 — 11:45 am Celebration of Mass
12:00 — 1:00 pm Lunch
1:30 — 2:45 pm Three Concurrent Sessions:
For Men:
The Truths Hidden Behind the Secrets Men Keep
Mark Houck

For Women: Uncompromising Purity
Kelsey Skoch

EnCourage Members:
Accompanying Family Members Who Experience SSA
David Prosen
3:15 — 4:45 pm Courage & EnCourage Meetings:
Courage Men – Fr. Fisher, CFR
Courage Women – Yvonne M.
EnCourage Fathers – Fr. Bochanski
EnCourage Mothers – Fr. Leon
EnCourage Spouses – Fr. Ryan, SJ

5:00 — 6:00 pm Free Time
Meeting for Chaplains & Group Leaders
Fr. Philip Bochanski & Courage Office Team

6:00 — 7:00 pm Dinner
9:30 — 6:45 am Eucharistic Adoration
(all night, opening with Rosary)

Saturday, July 20

6:45 — 7:00 am Benediction
7:00 — 7:30 am Misa en Español
7:30 — 8:30 am Breakfast
9:00 — 10:30 am Spiritual Combat & the Grace of Purity
Fr. Raphael Mary Salzillo, O.P.

11:00 — 11:45 am Celebration of Mass
12:00 — 1:00 pm Lunch
1:30 — 2:45 pm Two Concurrent Sessions:

For Men:
Forming and Sustaining Authentic Friendships

Adam Minihan and David Niles

For Women:
Sisters & Friends – Sharing Life’s Joys and Struggles

Mary Rice Hasson
3:15 — 4:45 pm Breakout Sessions
Courage and the Media: How to Proclaim the Good News about Chastity in Today’s Climate – Ann Schneible
Courage Latino – Rossana Goñi (Español)
EnCourage Parents/Courage Men – Fr. Fisher, CFR
EnCourage Parents/Courage Women – Yvonne M.
Fostering Good Relationships With Your Diocese – Karl M.
Married Men Who Experience SSA – Steve A.
Sports Camp Intro – Darryl P.

4:45 — 6:00 pm Free Time
6:00 — 7:00 pm Dinner
7:30 — 8:45 pm Courage & EnCourage Member Testimonies
9:15 — 11:00 pm Social

Sunday, July 21

7:00 — 7:30 am Misa en Español
7:30 — 8:30 am Breakfast
9:00 — 10:15 am “I have called you friends” (John 15:15)
Fr. Philip G. Bochanski

10:50 — 11:00 am Memorial for Deceased Courage Members and Chaplains
11:00 — 11:45 am Celebration of Mass
12:00 — 1:00 pm Box Lunch

*Simultaneous translations from English to Spanish will be made available*

Transportation & Accommodation

The USML Conference Center will assign rooms for overnight registrants. Registrants will be informed of their particular accommodation arrangements at check-in OR an email will be sent 2 weeks prior to the conference if room assignment is off campus (NOTE: 2 offsite venues only minutes away). Those who are not accommodated at the USML Lodge will be provided with shuttle service to and from their site.

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USML Facilities

Wireless internet access
Guest Computers and printer, fax machine, stamps
Laundry machines
Complimentary: Coffee, tea, soda, water, refrigerator, newspapers & TV available in the Living Room anytime

Conference Center Location

The University of Saint Mary of the Lake is located at 1000 E. Maple Avenue in the town of Mundelein, IL, approximately four miles west of Interstate 94. The closest airport is O’Hare International Airport, which is about 28 miles south of USML.

Driving Directions

If you are heading North on Interstate 94: To reach the seminary from Interstate 94, take the Hwy 176 exit and turn right at the foot of the ramp to head west (the ramp loops around). Go approximately 4 miles. Soon after passing Marytown on your right, you will see the signs for the University, which will also be on your right.

If you are heading South on Interstate 94: To reach the seminary from Interstate 94, take the Hwy 137 exit and turn right. Go approximately 3 miles and turn left onto Hwy 21. Go approximately 2 miles and turn right onto Hwy 176. After approximately 2 miles, you will see Marytown on your right. Soon afterwards, you will see the signs for the University on your right.

Car Service Options

American Taxi

With American Taxi, the guaranteed rate from O'Hare to St. Mary of the Lake Seminary is $40.  If you need a van for 4 or more passengers with luggage, there is an $8 additional charge for a total of $48. In both cases there is no extra charge for passengers.

There are several ways to order an American Taxi: 
by mobile app (called American Taxi Dispatch), available on Android and iPhone; by website: or call 800-244-1177 (use the automated system, or press 7 to speak to an operator); for airport rides call 847-255-9600.

USML Campus Map (downloadable and printable)

University of St. Mary of the Lake: Seminary and Conference Center

The Conference Center at the University of St. Mary of the Lake (USML) Seminary in Mundelein, IL, is one of the finest in the Midwest for gatherings. The peaceful natural surroundings of the campus create an ideal environment for relaxation, reflection, and renewal. Guests can walk through the woods along the three mile road circling the lake or simply enjoy the quiet serenity of the beautiful setting. Courage’s first Mundelein conference was held in 2001. Since then, we have returned often to this picturesque location for our annual gatherings. The centrality of the venue allows many of our members and friends across the country to attend, who might not be able to do so otherwise.

Courageous Friendship: Inspiring Hope and Renewal

The Courage-EnCourage apostolate is a spiritual community – an international family of friends who support one another, through prayer and fellowship, in living the Church’s teachings. This year, our annual gathering will focus on the theme of friendship and examine how Christ-centered friendships renew our spirits and inspire us to live in hope. A true Catholic community, Courage is made up of men and women of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds, drawn together by our shared love of Jesus Christ, the sacraments, and the full teachings of the Church, especially as they pertain to same-sex attraction. Our hope in Christ inspires us to strive for interior chastity — chastity of the heart — as we grow in discipleship, with the support, love, and prayers of brothers and sisters who are companions on this journey. May this year’s conference be a time to strengthen and renew the bonds of courageous friendship as we come together once again in prayer and fellowship, for mutual edification and personal reflection. Together, our community will continue to pray for ever-deepening union with our Lord Jesus Christ in whom is our hope, joy, and salvation.