Statement on COVID-19

August 3, 2020 UPDATE: As Courage International continues to monitor the developments relating to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we welcome the easing of restrictions in some areas, which may allow us to move forward with some of our previously scheduled gatherings. This is important to us because, while virtual meetings and events have allowed our members to stay connected, the convenience of online meetings cannot replace the spiritual and emotional benefits of meeting with one another in person.

We remain mindful that the situation surrounding the pandemic is subject to change at any moment, and it is our priority to ensure the health and safety of our members. Know that any of our upcoming in-person events may still be cancelled, per the directives of local health departments. For events which are not cancelled, we ask participants to please respect the policies of the venue at which the event is taking place with regard to social distancing, hand sanitizer, and masks.

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Comunicado sobre el COVID-19

ACTUALIZACIÓN al 3 de agosto del 2020: mientras que Courage Internacional continua monitoreando el desarrollo de la actual pandemia COVID-19, acogemos el alivio de restricciones en algunos lugares, lo que puede permitirnos seguir adelante con algunas de nuestras reuniones ya programadas.   Esto es importante para nosotros porque si bien es cierto que las reuniones y eventos virtuales han permitido a nuestros miembros mantenerse conectados, la facilidad de las reuniones online, no pueden reemplazar los beneficios espirituales y emocionales del encuentro personal de unos con otros.


Seguimos siendo conscientes que la situación que rodea la pandemia está sujeta a cambios en cualquier momento, y es nuestra prioridad garantizar la salud y seguridad de nuestros miembros.  Sepan que cualquiera de nuestros próximos eventos en persona aún pueden ser cancelados según las directivas de los departamentos de salud locales.  Para los eventos que no se cancelen, pedimos a los participantes que por favor respeten las políticos del lugar en donde se realiza el evento en cuanto a la distancia social, desinfectante de manos y el uso de máscaras o tapabocas.


Para sugerencias adicionales, por favor revise hacia abajo nuestro pronunciamiento inicial el 13 de marzo del 2020.

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Annual Courage International Conference

July 12, 2018 @ 8:00 am - July 15, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

“Faithful to a mission”



The spirituality and pastoral approach of Courage International’s founding director, Fr. John Harvey, OSFS, will be the focus of the 30th annual Courage & EnCourage conference at Villanova University, PA, which will center on the theme: “Faithful to a mission.”

The theme was derived from the words of the late Fr. Harvey, who said about his work with the apostolate: “I want to be remembered as being faithful to a mission.”

This is a special year for Courage International, as we celebrate the 100th birthday of our founding director Fr. Harvey, who was born on April 14, 1918, in Philadelphia, PA. Father started the Courage apostolate in New York City in 1980, upon the invitation and inspiration of Servant of God Terence Cardinal Cooke, and was recommended for this ministry by the late Fr. Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R.

As a faithful Oblate of St. Francis de Sales, Father Harvey imitated the character and spirituality of his order’s founder in his gentleness, integrity, and love for the laity. St. Francis de Sales came to be known as a Gentleman Saint and a Doctor of Charity, and we believe the same can be said of Fr. Harvey who modeled both integrity and compassion in his service to the Church and in his treatment of others. Father always kept the Courage apostolate at the center of his heart, seeing it as an essential ministry of the Church through which the Holy Spirit was especially meeting the spiritual needs of persons with same-sex attraction. He guarded the principles of Courage carefully, viewing chapter meetings as safe and sacred places in which Courage members could freely and confidentially share from the heart, united in their commitment to the goals of chastity, prayer, fellowship, support, and good example.

We are happy to especially remember and celebrate our dear founder at this year’s conference, as we listen to talks in his honor and share anecdotes of our personal experiences with him. As a new generation of Courage members make their spiritual home in this apostolate and become part of the larger Courage family, we pray that we can pass on the spirit and mission of our founder, through our faithful and joyful remembrance of him.

(Drawing of Fr. John Harvey by T.K., EnCourage member)






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About the venue


Courage is happy to return to Villanova this summer, as we celebrate our 30th annual conference, our 38th year of ministry, and our founding director’s 100th birthday!

Villanova University began in Philadelphia with a foundation established atSt. Augustine Church in 1796 and with the founding of St. AugustineAcademy in 1811. In 1842, the Order of St. Augustine established the Augustinian College of Villanova outside Philadelphia in a town that later took its name from the school. The college was named for St. Thomas of Villanova, a 16th-century bishop from Valencia, Spain.



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July 12, 2018 @ 8:00 am
July 15, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
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Villanova University
Villanova University
Philadelphia, PA United States
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