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.