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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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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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