Catholic Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Persons
Believing that baptism empowers all persons to live a full, Catholic life in union with all members of the Church, the Catholic Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Persons provides a safe and welcoming environment for all members of the LGBTQ+ community, their friends and family, to experience the love of God through liturgy, outreach, education, and fellowship.
We connect with families, schools, and parishes providing resources and direct assistance to those seeking to build welcoming communities with and for LGBTQ+ Catholics.
Parent Support Groups help parents learn about the LGBTQ+ experience when a child, teen, or young adult comes out to them. We speak at parishes and schools, educating and dialoguing about inclusivity and acceptance, providing resources for outreach ministry leaders, catechists, and pastors.
We reach out at community events and festivals, helping LGBTQ+ Catholics find welcoming Catholic communities and listening to those who feel marginalized by the Church they love.
You Know My Voice
Lord, you are my shepherd, the one who knows my voice, recognizes me, and calls me by name. You gather me up, hold me close, and feed me. You strengthen me when I am weak, heal me when I am sick, and bind up all my wounds. Lord, you are my shepherd, the one who refreshes my soul, invites me to the table, and welcomes me to dwell in Your House.
I am your homosexual child, baptized into your flock, O Lord. My family and I cry out to You for shepherds here on earth—in our church and among ourselves—who, like you, know us, feed us, care for us, and invite us to your table. Amen
-Lynette Aldapa of Comunidad
The Catholic Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Persons, formerly called the Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Catholics, was called into existence during a sermon given in February, 1986 by Archbishop Roger Mahony, then in office only a few months, who called for lesbians and gays to join together, supporting each other on their faith journey.
Our ministry takes its inspiration from the Gospel; it’s shaped by Church teachings and pastoral practice; it borrows appropriately from the insights of the social and biological sciences; and listens, ponders, and prays over the lived experience of those to whom it ministers. We’re actively supported throughout the Archdiocese at the parish level as an outreach ministry with gay and lesbian Catholics, their parents, families, friends, and fellow parishoners.