If you struggle with same sex attraction or related feelings, you’re not alone. More importantly, the Archdiocese of Omaha provides a place of sanctuary where you can share your thoughts and emotions, and begin your journey towards greater peace of mind. That’s where our Courage EnCourage program offers help—for both you and your family or friends. So take that first leap. We’ll be here to accept you, listen to you and help you—at your own pace, in a welcoming atmosphere.
Courage EnCourage is not a program to change a person’s sexual attraction. Instead, it’s a ministry of spiritual support made of two components: Courage is an approved apostolate of the Roman Catholic Church offering assistance to those who harbor feelings of same sex attraction. EnCourage is a related ministry dedicated to the spiritual needs of parents, siblings, children, other relatives and friends of persons with same-sex attraction.
Endorsed by the Pontifical Council for the Family, the local chapter of the national Courage EnCourage offers love and support in both individual and group settings for those who desire to live chaste lives in accordance with the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church.
For more information or to speak with someone confidentially, please call or complete the online contact request for provided below.
Email: Contact request form
Courage National Hotline 203.803.1564
If you are in crisis or need immediate emergency assistance, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
“Today, the Church provides a badly needed context for the care of the human person when she refuses to consider the person a ‘heterosexual’ or a ‘homosexual’ and insists that every person has a fundamental identity: a creature of God, and by grace, His child and heir to eternal life.”
Letter from the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, October 1986
Signed by Joseph Ratzinger
Now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
Courage was founded in 1980 to help Catholics with same-sex attraction live chaste lives in accordance with the Roman Catholic Church’s teaching. EnCourage is a support group for family members, spouses and friends of men and women with same-sex attraction.
Courage and EnCourage are built on three pillars: a support group system, fellowship and the development of authentic and solid Catholic spirituality. Courage and EnCourage believe:
Courage support has the following goals:
EnCourage members support each other and loved ones through discussion, prayer, fellowship and sacrifice. EnCourage offers faithful witness to Catholic teaching on sexual morality while meeting the needs of members with charity and compassion.
Learn more about how this program can help you find peace.