Statement on COVID-19

March 17, 2020 Update: In compliance with the latest guidelines to suspend gatherings of 10 people or more, Courage International will be reviewing and updating the status of all events scheduled for the next 8 weeks. The plan is to move some events online, while other events may be postponed or cancelled. If you had been planning to attend one or more of these events, please check back with our events calendar over the coming days.

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Comunicado sobre el COVID-19

17 de marzo, 2020- ACTUALIZACIÓN: Conforme a las últimas directrices que prohíben la congregación de 10 o más personas, Courage Internacional revisará y actualizará el estado de todos los eventos programados para las próximas 8 semanas. El plan consiste en realizar algunos de estos eventos en línea, mientras que otros serás pospuestos o cancelados.  

Si usted había planeado asistir a uno o más de estos eventos, por favor revise nuestro calendario de eventos en los próximos días para más detalles.  

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Courage & EnCourage Annual Conference: Celebrating 40 years of Courage International!

July 23 - July 26

Important note regarding the COVID-19 pandemic

March 24, 2020 UPDATEAs you may have seen by now, several of our events have been either cancelled or moved online out of concern for the welfare and safety of our members, chaplains, and friends.  

The Annual Courage & EnCourage Conference has not been cancelled, as of this update. We are closely monitoring the situation as it develops, and will keep you posted of any changes. 


Courage International to celebrate 40th anniversary at yearly conference 

40 Years of Courage: A Legacy of Hope”, is the theme of Courage International’s upcoming conferencecelebrating four decades of pastoral care for men and women who experience same-sex attractions (SSA). 

ThCourage and EnCourage conference, which is held annually, will take place at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake (also known as Mundelein Seminary) in Mundelein, IL from July 23-26, 2020. 

All this year, Courage is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its first meeting, which took place in New York City in September 1980, under the direction of founding director, Father John Harvey, OSFS. 

Celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the Courage apostolate will be the central focus of the 2020 gathering.  

As part of the anniversary celebrations, this year’s conference will feature a testimony by Gary H., one of the original Courage members, and a fine artist whose paintings have been featured in connection with the apostolate, including “Our Lady of Courage” and a recent portrait of founding director, Father John Harvey 

Fr. Sean Kilcawleydirector of the office for Family Life for the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebr., will deliver the keynote address, while Father Glenn Sudano, CFR will deliver one of the plenary session talks.  

Other speakers will include Father Thomas Aquinas Pickett, O.P. Parochial Vicar and director of Faith Formation and Evangelization at Blessed Sacrament parish in Seattle, Wash., and Deacon Patrick Lappert, MD, plastic surgeon.  

The event will also include a prayer service, which will be led by Father James Livingston, of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. 

The event will include daily Mass, an evening of all-night Eucharistic Adoration, and opportunities to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. 

Simultaneous translations from English to Spanish will be made available. 

For any questions, please contact us here.

Check back soon for more details about registration and more!


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