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

Twenty-Ninth Annual Courage Conference

July 21 ● 2016 ● July 24

The Catholic University of America
Washington, D.C.

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Mercy, Peace, Joy to be the Focus of Courage Apostolate’s 2016 Conference – Catholic News Agency
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Conference Highlights

Thursday, July 21

7:30 pm
Opening Keynote Address
Father Paul N. Check
Executive Director, Courage International

Friday, July 22

9:00 am
The Triumph of Mercy: Set Free to Love
Sister Miriam James Heidland, SOLT
Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity

1:30 pm
You Want Me to Forgive Who?
Rowena Slusser
Pre-Law Student, Liberty University,
Lynchburg, Virginia

2:30 pm
“Create in Me a Clean Heart” — The Perils of Pornography
Professor John Grabowski
The Catholic University of America

3:30 pm
Group Meetings
Courage Men | Courage Women
EnCourage Parents | EnCourage Spouses

7:30 pm
Unmasking Oscar Wilde
Professor Joseph Pearce
Aquinas College

Saturday, July 23

8:45 am
The Five Goals of Courage as a Plan for Growing in Holiness
Father J.D. Jaffe
Courage Chaplain, Diocese of Arlington

11:15 am
Fostering Chaste Friendships
Professor John Cuddeback
Christendom College

1:30 pm
Walking in the Ineffable Glory of God’s Mercy
Johnnette Benkovic
Host of Women of Grace, EWTN

2:30 pm
Chastity and the Noonday Demon
Deacon Patrick Lappert, MD
Courage Chaplain, Diocese of Birmingham, Ala.

3:30 pm
Breakout Sessions
Married Men with Same-Sex Attractions
Facilitated by Steve A.
Staying True to the Local Church
Andrew Comiskey
The Angelic Warfare Confraternity
Father Basil Cole, op
Promoting Your Local Chapter in Your Diocese
Karl M., John and Annie T.
Forgiveness & Painful Memories (for women only)
Rowena Slusser

4:30 pm
Breakout Sessions II
Blessed, Broken and Scared: Getting Ready to Receive God’s Mercy
Brian Pusateri
Sports Camp Workshop and Volleyball Game
EnCourage Parents Meeting with Courage Men
EnCourage Parents Meeting with Courage Women
Group Leaders Meeting

7:30 pm
Courage Member Testimonies

Sunday, July 24

8:45 am
“I have seen … I have heard … I know … I have come.” (Ex 3:7-8)
Father Philip Bochanski
Associate Director, Courage International

10:00 am
Celebration of Mass
Most Reverend James Wall
Bishop of Gallup


Celebrating Our Senior Chaplains

Since the first Courage members gathered with Father John F. Harvey, OSFS, in 1980, the role of the priest chaplain has always been essential to the success of the Courage and EnCourage apostolates. The priests who serve in this role (often with the dedicated collaboration of deacons and lay leaders) bring many personal and professional gifts to bear in their ministry, especially the gift of their spiritual fatherhood. Their presence signifies the pastoral welcome that the universal and local Church wish to extend to all those who reach out to Courage and EnCourage for accompaniment.

During this year’s conference, we will honor the contributions of chaplains who have been part of the work of Courage and EnCourage since its earliest days. Their dedicated service is an inspiration to us, and lays a firm foundation for our work in the future.


Conference Speakers

Click on a speaker’s name or picture to read his or her bio.

Johnnette S. Benkovic is the founder and president of Living His Life Abundantly International, a Catholic evangelization apostolate that includes radio, television, Internet and print communications. Benkovic addressed 400 women during the 11th annual Women of Grace National Conference in Indialantic, Fla., Sept.23-25. She is pictured in an undated photo. (CNS photo/courtesy Johnnette S. Benkovic) (Sept. 30, 2011) See WOMEN-GRACE Sept. 30, 2011.
Johnnette Benkovic
Bochanski
Father Philip Bochanski
Check-updated
Father Paul Check
Cole
Father Basil Cole, O.P.
Comiskey
Andrew Comiskey
Cuddeback
John Cuddeback
Grabowski
John Grabowski
Heidland
Sister Miriam James Heidland, SOLT
Jaffe
Father J.D. Jaffe
Lappert
Deacon Patrick Lappert
Pearce-updated
Joseph Pearce
Pusateri
Brian Pusateri
Slusser
Rowena Slusser
051309    Brian Leddy
Bishop James Wall

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2015

Challenge of Friendship Today

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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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Homily for the Courage Conference Mass Mundelein Seminary Main Chapel Mundelein, Illinois – 2015 (Print Version)

Presented by:
† Most Reverend Thomas John Paprocki Bishop of Springfield in Illinois

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Invite, Elevate, Disarm | BONUS TRACK (Audio Only)

Presented by:
Andrew - from Courage

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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.

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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