Outreach 2023

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

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, featured keynote presentations, panels, liturgies and opportunities for networking and friendship.

This year, our keynote speakers were Tania Tetlow, the president of Fordham University; Juan Carlos Cruz, a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors; and Marianne Duddy-Burke, the executive director of DignityUSA.

See below for a full schedule of events. Keynotes are available on our YouTube channel.

Couldn’t make it to the conference? Please consider donating to Outreach to support our vital work.

Our 2023 conference was sponsored by:

Conference schedule

Friday, June 16

9:30am: Registration (McMahon Lobby, 155 W. 60th St.)

11:00am: Opening Prayer, Church of St. Paul the Apostle, Bruce Rameker

12:00pm: Catered Lunch (G76 and Garden Lounge)

1:30 to 3:00pm: Panels

The Bible and Homosexuality (Moot Court)
Grant Hartley
Harold W. Attridge 
Amy-Jill Levine
Brandan Robertson
James Martin, S.J. (moderator) 

Ministero en la Communidad Latinx (McMahon 109)
Rev. Eddie De León, C.M.F.
Natalia Imperatori-Lee (moderator)
Ish Ruiz
Eder Díaz Santillan
Yunuen Trujillo

The Catholic Lesbian Experience (G76 A/B)
Emma Cieslik
Shelly Fitzgerald
Marianne Palacios (moderator)

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

4 to 5:30pm: Panels

Catholic Theology and the LGBTQ Person (Moot Court)
Brian Flanagan
Craig Ford (moderator)
Lisa Fullam
Jason Steidl Jack

The Church and the Transgender Catholic (McMahon 109)
Sr. Luisa Derouen, O.P. (moderator)
Deacon Ray Dever
Hilary and Celestine Howes
Christine Zuba

LGBTQ Ministry in Colleges and Universities (G76 A/B)
Rev. Joseph Corpora, C.S.C., University of Notre Dame 
Megan Fox-Kelly, College of the Holy Cross (moderator)
Kevin Molloy, Fairfield University
Tania Tetlow, Fordham University

6:00pm: Catered Dinner

7:30pm: Keynote: Tania Tetlow, J.D., President of Fordham University (Church of St. Paul)

Catholic Education and the LGBTQ Person

Saturday, June 17

10:00am: Morning Prayer, led by Bruce Rameker (Church of St. Paul)

11:00am to 12:30pm: Panels

Starting an LGBTQ Group in Your Parish (McNally Amphitheatre) 
Frank DeBernardo
David Harvie 
Christine Zuba
Bill Chapman (moderator)

Living a Life of Chastity (Pope Auditorium) 
Dawn Eden Goldstein
Grant Hartley
Keith Wildenberg (moderator)

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

12:30pm: Catered Lunch

2:00 to 3:30pm: Panels

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

LGBTQ Clergy and Religious (Pope Auditorium)
Ryan Di Corpo (moderator) 
Sr. Jeannine Gramick, S.L.
Rev. Bryan Massingale 
Rev. Gregory Greiten

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

4:00 to 5:30pm: Panels

Catholic Art and the LGBTQ Experience (Costantino)
Br. Mickey McGrath, O.S.F.S. 
Michael J. O’Loughlin (moderator)

Black, Catholic and LGBTQ (Pope Auditorium) 
Craig Ford (moderator)
Rev. Bryan Massingale
Tevin V. Williams

Working with the Larger LGBTQ Community (McNally Amphitheatre) 
Ross Murray (moderator)
Jean-Marie Navetta
Carl Siciliano
Michael Vazquez

6:00pm: Catered Dinner (G76 and Garden Lounge)

8:00pm: Keynote: Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director of DignityUSA (Church of St. Paul)

Learning from Dignity: 50 Years of Ministry with LGBTQ Catholics

9:00pm: Wine and Cheese Hour (Sponsored by the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry)

Sunday, June 18

11:30am: Brunch (Sponsored by Clear Faith Publishing) (G76 and Garden Lounge)

2:00pm: Keynote: Juan Carlos Cruz, Member of the Vatican’s Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors (Church of St. Paul)

Pope Francis and LGBTQ People

3:30 to 4:30pm: Panels

Raising LGBTQ Catholic Children (Costantino) 
Ivan Briggiler
Lisa Guthrie
Michele McMahon and Tim McMahon (moderator)
JoEllen Musselman

LGBTQ Ministry in High Schools (McMahon 109) 
Colleen Campbell Karchunas
David Palmieri (moderator)
Mary-Kate Tracy-Robidoux
Ish Ruiz

5:00pm: Mass 

Celebrant: Archbishop John C. Wester of Santa Fe, N.M.
Homilist: James Martin, S.J.

6:00pm: Catered Dinner (G76 and Garden Lounge)

8:00pm: Evening Prayer with Bruce Rameker (Costantino)