“Love one another as I have loved you”
Welcoming and Accompanying Our Brothers and Sisters with Same-Sex Attraction

August 10-12, 2015

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Thomas Cardinal Collins
Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit
Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron
Fr. Check
Fr. Paul N. Check
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Dr. Janet E. Smith

Welcoming and Accompanying Our Brothers and Sisters with Same-Sex Attraction

An international conference designed to help answer the questions posed in the Lineamenta for the 2015 Synod on the Family:

“The pastoral care of persons with homosexual tendencies poses new challenges today, due to the manner in which their rights are proposed in society. How can the Christian community give pastoral attention to families with persons with homosexual tendencies? What are the responses that, in light of cultural sensitivities, are considered to be most appropriate?”

Designed for bishops, priests, religious, school superintendents, diocesan personnel who minister to those with same-sex attraction and for all those who want to be welcoming and to accompany those who have SSA.

The Inn at St. John’s, 44045 5 Mile Road, Plymouth, MI 48170

The conference prices listed below do not include the cost of housing. Attendees are responsible for booking hotel accommodations. Also, breakfast is not included. Attendees are responsible for their own breakfasts. For more information on available hotels, check the “Hotel Accommodations” section below.

Registration Type Price Meals Included Registration Ends
Full Conference Full Conference Attendee August 10-12 $275.00 Monday: Dinner; Tuesday: Lunch and Dinner; Wednesday: Lunch August 1, 2015
Opening Day and Tuesday: August 10 & 11 Attend opening session on Monday night and stay for Tuesday’s events. $185.00 Monday: Dinner Tuesday: Lunch and Dinner August 1, 2015
Tuesday and Wednesday: August 11 & 12 Attend Tuesday and Wednesday’s events. $225.00 Tuesday: Lunch and Dinner
Wednesday: Lunch
August 1, 2015
Single Day Attendee: August 11, 2015 Single day only. $150.00 Tuesday: Lunch and Dinner August 1, 2015
Single Day Attendee: August 12, 2015 Single day only. $125.00 Wednesday: Lunch August 1, 2015

Registration and Payment Types


The Conference is close to full capacity. Register as soon as possible. Also, as of August 4, 2015, transportation to and from the airport is no longer available. You must make your own arrangements.

Note: All registrations must be completed through our online registration process. There are two methods available.

Register and Pay Online: Click the registration button above. This will take you to our online registration interface. Choose a type of registration and the number of attendees you are registering (1–5). Follow the online steps for entering attendee information. You may register more than one person, but each attendee’s information must be entered separately. Payment is made online with a credit card.

Register Online and Pay by Check: Click on the registration button above. This will take you to our online registration interface. Choose a type of registration and the number of attendees you are registering (1–5). Click the blue type under the “Register” button that reads “Show other payment options.” Follow the online steps for entering attendee information. You may register more than one person, but each attendee’s information must be entered separately. Payment is made by check.

Follow these instructions when paying by check:

  1. Make checks payable to: Courage International, Inc.
  2. On the memo line of the check write the “name of the attendee/Detroit Conference.”
  3. Mail to: Courage International, Inc., 8 Leonard St., Norwalk, CT 06850
  4. Checks must be received by July 24, 2015. If you are registering late and your check will be arriving after July 24, please call Michelle Willis – (772) 563-9457 or e-mail: Michelle@SearchlightVS.com.

Scholarship Support

If you are unable to attend the conference but would like to give a scholarship to someone else, please contact the Courage office directly at 203-803-1564 or send your check to Courage International, 8 Leonard St., Norwalk, CT 06850 with Detroit registration donation in the Subject line. Courage International is a 501c3 corporation and all donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent by law.

Hotel Accommodations

Important: Conference fees do not include the cost of hotel accommodations. It is up to each attendee to book his or her own hotel accommodations. There are several hotels in close proximity to the conference center. For your convenience, we have provided pertinent information on each hotel. When booking your room, you may want to check with the hotel to see if the room rate includes breakfast. Hotel rates are guaranteed through July 27th. If you register after that time, rates are subject to change at the discretion of each establishment.

The Inn at St. John’s
44045 5 Mile Road, Plymouth, MI 48170

The Inn at St. John’s is the location of the Conference. There are reserved rooms available for conference attendees. It is likely that these rooms will fill up quickly, so the earlier you book your reservation, the more likely it is that a room will be available for you.

Please note: The Inn is now full but accommodations nearby are available.

Contact Information:

Phone: (734) 414-0600 (Please identify yourself as part of Welcoming and Accompanying conference.)

Web Site: http://www.stjohnsgolfconference.com

Distance from Conference Center: This is the conference site.

Online Reservations
Go directly to www.theinnatstjohns.com and click on “Reservations” on the home page.
On this screen, choose the “Group Code” tab at the top of the screen.
You will be prompted to enter your group code here.
GROUP CODE: 10H86K
You will then select the dates of your stay and will then be prompted to select your room type.
The group access code must be entered to receive the group rate.

Phone Reservations
To make a reservation over the phone, please contact the hotel at (734) 414-0600 and reference the group access code or group name to make a reservation. Your group name is “Welcoming and Accompanying Our Brothers and Sisters.”

Hilton Garden Inn Plymouth
14600 N. Sheldon Road, Plymouth, Michigan, 48170, USA

Note: The Hilton Garden is full. If you are registering late for the conference, please seek accommodations elsewhere. Please be aware that shuttle service is not available from other locations.

Contact Information:

Phone: (734) 354-0001 (Please identify yourself as part of Welcoming and Accompanying conference.)

Web Site: http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/michigan/hilton-garden-inn-plymouth-DETPHGI/index.html

Distance from Conference Center: Approximately 1 mile. Continuous shuttle service will be available to and from the conference center.

Transportation From Airport

Your flight destination is to Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW). The airport is about 20 miles from the conference center. Transportation from the airport to your hotel is a free service provided by local volunteers. To make arrangements for transportation from the airport to your hotel, send a copy of your itinerary to Brigid Kowalczyk. E-mail: kowalczyk.brigid@shms.edu or Phone: (313) 883-8792.

If you prefer to use a professional shuttle service:

Allways Transportation

Phone: (248) 962-5151

Web Site: http://www.allwaystransportation.com

E-mail: transportation248@yahoo.com

Sedan Solutions LLC

Phone: (248) 372-1599

Web Site: sedansolutionsmi.com

E-mail: sedansolutions@outlook.com   

Metro Cars

Phone: (800) 456-1701 or (734) 946-5700

E-mail: info@metrocars.com

Additional Information you may need:

The hotels and the conference center are handicapped accessible.

The Conference Center (Inn at St. John’s) has a fitness center and 24/7 high-speed wireless internet access.

If you have specific dietary restrictions that require special menu choices, please contact Brigid Kowalczyk. E-mail: kowalczyk.brigid@shms.edu or Phone: (313) 883-8792.

Once you are settled in to your hotel, please come to the conference registration center at The Inn at St. John’s to check in, pick up your name badge, and obtain a participant packet with conference schedule information and other pertinent materials.

If it becomes necessary for you to cancel your conference reservation, please do so before July 25, 2015. For cancellations after July 25, a $25.00 deposit will be retained.

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Speakers

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Thomas Cardinal Collins
Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit
Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron
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Robin Teresa Beck
Fr. Billy
Dennis J. Billy, C.Ss.R.
Dr. Morse
Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse
Fr. Check
Fr. Paul N. Check
Fr. Riccardo
Fr. John Riccardo
Healy
Dr. Mary Healy
Mainwaring
Doug Mainwaring
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Dr. Ralph Martin
Mattson
Daniel Mattson
MsgrPope
Rev. Msgr. Charles E. Pope
Dr. Peters
Dr. Edward Peters
Rilene
Rilene Simpson
Savage
Deborah Savage, Ph.D.
smith
Dr. Janet E. Smith
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Joseph Prever
Comisky2
Andrew Comiskey, M.Div.
Lappert
Deacon Patrick Lappert
Paul Darrow
Paul Darrow
Herbeck
Peter Herbeck
Timothy G. Lock, Ph.D.
Prosen
David Prosen, MA, LPCC, LMHC
Rachel Lu
Rachel Lu
FrChristy
Fr. Christy
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Timothy P. Flanigan, MD
Tomeo
Teresa Tomeo
Eve Tushnet

Conference speakers will also be contributing to a forthcoming book to be published this summer by Ignatius Press. Additional contributions will be made by the following authors:

Dr. J. Budzizewski / Dr. Janelle Hallman / Msgr. Livio Melina / Bob Schuchts