Celebrating welcoming parishes, schools, communities, and people
In this section, we rejoice in the parishes, schools, communities, organizations and individuals who provide a welcoming home in the church of LGBTQ people, so that they too may be Christians who rejoice always!
Holy Trinity LGBTQIA+ MinistryBrian P. Flanagan
“Our LGBTQIA+ ministry at Holy Trinity Parish began in 2019 at the initiative of some long-standing LGBTQIA+ members of our parish and with the approval of the Parish Pastoral Council and the full support of parish staff.”
Church of St. Ignatius LoyolaEllen Stillwell, Bruce Rameker
The ministry is inspired by the words of St. Ignatius: “God loves us, creates us, and wants to share life with us forever.”
Most Holy RedeemerFr. Matt Link, C.PP.S
Located in the historic Castro District of San Francisco, Most Holy Redeemer (MHR) is an inclusive community that welcomes all people regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, background, or faith tradition.
The Church of St. Francis XavierThe Leadership of the St. Francis Xavier Gay and Lesbian Ministries
Decades before Pope Francis inquired, “Who am I to judge?” there was the Church of St. Francis Xavier in New York City.
Walsh Jesuit High SchoolDavid Palmieri
“The Alliance is important to me because it is one of the only places I can actually be myself without being judged.”
Historic St. Paul ParishStan "JR" Zerkowski
The ministry has drawn dozens of LGBTQ+ people and their families/friends back to the church and has attracted others who have made their Profession of Faith or received baptism because of the witness of the LGBTQ+ Ministry.
Our Lady of Grace and St. JosephGary Stavella
Our purpose is to reach LBGTQ+ people, their friends, family and allies, inside and outside the Church, with Pope Francis’ message that “All are Welcome.”
Catholic Ministry with Lesbian and Gay PersonsTom Keep
Our mission is simple: To provide a “safe and welcoming environment for lesbian and gay persons, their friends and family, through liturgy, outreach, education and fellowship.”
St. Thomas More Catholic ChurchMark McDermott
“St. Thomas More Welcomes You! Our parish community accepts people of all walks of life, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations and gender identities. We are all on a spiritual journey, trying to find our way. All are welcome to join us!”
Xaverian Brothers High SchoolDavid Palmieri
“The group provides an opportunity for students to find solidarity in shared experiences. They meet others, sometimes for the first time in their lives, who see and experience the world in a similar way. In the process, they find fellowship, community, and support.”