Outreach 2023

LGBTQ Catholic Ministry Conference
Fordham Lincoln Center, June 16-18


Welcome to the Outreach 2023 LGBTQ Catholic Ministry Conference!

Each summer, Outreach gathers LGBTQ lay people, clergy, scholars, artists, educators, students and family members to build community, share best practices and worship together. Our three-day conference, held at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus, in Manhattan, from June 16 to 18, features keynote presentations, panels, liturgies and opportunities for networking and friendship.

This year, our keynote speakers are Tania Tetlow, the President of Fordham University; Juan Carlos Cruz, LGBTQ advocate and Member of a Vatican Commission; and Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director of DignityUSA.

See below for a full schedule of events. Speakers and times are subject to change until the start of the conference on June 16. For those who cannot attend the conference, we will be live-streaming the keynote talks and Sunday’s liturgy. These will be made available on our YouTube channel. Please contact us with any questions, comments or concerns.

Our 3-day conference costs $250 to attend. Accommodations are the responsibility of each attendee. The Empire Hotel, just 2 blocks from the conference, has a limited number of rooms available at a reduced cost (contact details provided upon registration). Simple boxed lunches and dinners are provided.

We hope to see you there! All are welcome.

Can’t make it to the conference? Please consider donating to Outreach to help us pay for the conference and fund scholarships we hope to offer to students and others.

This year’s conference is sponsored by:

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Refund Policy
  1. All changes, substitutions, and cancellations must be made in writing to Ryan Di Corpo, the managing editor of Outreach, at rdicorpo@outreach.faith.
  2. Refunds will only be given for cancellations received in writing at least 10 calendar days prior to the event date on June 16, 2023.
  3. Cancellations received after the above date cannot be refunded.
  4. No refunds will be given for “no shows” or cancellations the same day of the event start except in documented cases of illness, natural disaster, acts of God or other unanticipated emergencies.
  5. In the case of cancellation of the in-person event, refunds will be given to all participants within a reasonable time.
Terms and Conditions
  1. To participate in the Conference Participants must:
    1. Register for the Conference, which can be done exclusively via an on-line form available at the Conference’s website; and b.) Pay the Conference fee, as defined by the Organizer c.) During their registration process, participants must fill all fields marked (*). Participants thereby guarantee that all the details provided are correct.
  2. The Organizer reserves a right to modify the list of speakers and/or the agenda for reasons beyond its control.
  3. The Participants shall be fully liable for any damage they cause both in the venues involved in any Conference activities and in their accommodation.
  4. The Organizer reserves a right to alter the Conference date for reasons beyond its control. In such event, Participants shall have a right to cancel their participation free of charge. The Organizer shall not be responsible for covering any additional expenses of the Participants made in association with the Conference.
  5. The number of Conference registrations is limited to 250 participants. Registrants will be enlisted on a first come first serve basis.
  6. By registering, Participants accept these Regulations.

Conference schedule

Friday, June 16

9:30am: Registration

11:00am: Opening Prayer, Church of St. Paul the Apostle, led by Meredith Augustin and choir

12:00pm: Catered Lunch

1:30 to 3:00pm: Panels

The Bible and Homosexuality
Harold W. Attridge
Grant Hartley
Amy-Jill Levine
Rev. James Martin, S.J.
Brandan Robertson

Ministero en la Communidad Hispano/a
Rev. Eddie De León, C.M.F.
Natalia Imperatori-Lee
Ish Ruiz
Eder Díaz Santillan
Yunuen Trujillo

The Catholic Lesbian Experience
Emma Cieslik
Shelly Fitzgerald
Marianne Palacios

3:00 to 4:00pm: Prayer, Reflection and Discussion

4 to 5:30pm: Panels

Catholic Theology and the LGBTQ Person
Brian Flanagan
Craig Ford
Lisa Fullam
Jason Steidl

The Church and the Transgender Catholic
Colt St. Amand
Sr. Luisa Derouen, O.P.
Deacon Ray Dever
Hilary and Celestine Howes
Christine Zuba

LGBT Ministry in Colleges and Universities
Rev. Joseph Corpora, C.S.C.
Megan Fox-Kelly
Kevin Molloy
Conor Reidy
Tania Tetlow

6:00pm: Catered Dinner

7:30pm: Keynote: Tania Tetlow, J.D., President of Fordham University
Catholic Education and the LGBTQ Person

Saturday, June 17

10:00am: Morning Prayer, led by Meredith Augustin and choir

11:00am to 12:30pm: Panels

Starting an LGBTQ Group in Your Parish
Frank DeBernardo
David Harvie
Christine Zuba

Living a Life of Chastity
Dawn Eden
Wesley Hill
J. Frank Pate
Keith Wildenberg

LGBTQ Catholics and the Life of Prayer
Sam Albano
Megan Fox-Kelly
Rev. Donal Godfrey, S.J.
Hilary Howes
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

12:30pm: Catered Lunch

2:00 to 3:30pm: Panels

The International Experience: LGBTQ Catholics Worldwide
Willy Bombeek
Don Andrea Conocchia
Marc Frings
Don Cristóbal Rodríguez
Christopher Vella

LGBTQ Clergy and Religious
Rev. Bryan Massingale
Sr. Jeannine Gramick, S.L.
Rev. Gregory Greiten

3:30 to 4:00pm: Prayer, reflection, conversation

4:00 to 5:30pm: Panels

Catholic Art and the LGBTQ Experience
Rev. William Hart McNichols, S.J.
Br. Michael O’Neill McGrath, O.S.F.S.

Black, Catholic and LGBTQ
Craig Ford
Rev. Bryan Massingale
Tevin V. Williams

Working with the Larger LGBTQ Community
Ross Murray
Jean-Marie Navetta
Carl Siciliano
Michael Vazquez

6:00pm: Catered Dinner

7:30pm: Keynote: Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director of DignityUSA
Learning from Dignity: 50 Years of Ministry with LGBTQ Catholics

8:30pm: Wine and Cheese Hour (Sponsored by the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry)

Sunday, June 18

10:00am: Mass.
Celebrant: Archbishop John C. Wester of Santa Fe, N.M.
Homilist: James Martin, SJ

11:30am: Brunch (Sponsored by Deacon Jim Knipper)

1:00pm: Keynote: Juan Carlos Cruz, Member of the Vatican’s Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors
Pope Francis and LGBTQ People

3:00 to 4:30pm: Panels

Raising LGBTQ Catholic Children
Ivan and Marcos Briggiler
Tim and Michele McMahon

LGBTQ Ministry in High Schools
Colleen Campbell
David Palmieri
Mary-Kate Tracy-Robidoux
Ish Ruiz

5:00pm: Social Hour

6:00pm: Catered Dinner

8:00pm: Evening Prayer