Courage apostolate names new director

Fr. Philip G. Bochanski of Philadelphia archdiocese will lead ministry to same-sex attracted persons
Fr. Philip Bochanski. Courtesy of Carmel Communications. (photo from Catholic News Agency)

Fr. Philip Bochanski. Courtesy of Carmel Communications. (photo from Catholic News Agency)

The following comes from a September 29 Catholic News Agency article by Kevin J. Jones:

Expansion and further welcoming outreach are the plans for the next head of Courage International, a Catholic apostolate for people with same-sex attraction.

“I look forward to welcoming more courageous men and women in the name of the Church, to hear the stories of how God has been acting in their lives and relationships, and to walk with them along the way to holiness that the Church proposes for our happiness and fulfillment,” said Father Philip G. Bochanski, the apostolate’s new executive director.

Fr. Bochanski told CNA Sept. 28 that he is most impressed with the “spiritual fatherhood” that the apostolate’s chaplains show to Courage and EnCourage members.

“My plan at this point is to continue their good work and do what I can to expand the reach of our local chapters,” he added. “Today we are present in about two-thirds of the dioceses of the United States, and in 14 countries overseas, but there are many more places in the universal Church that could benefit from our presence and our pastoral work.”

The apostolate was founded in New York City in 1980 when a small group of Catholic men with same-sex attraction and wanted to live chaste lives according to Catholic teaching met with the priest Fr. John F. Harvey, the apostolate’s first director. The group’s five goals are chastity, prayer, fellowship, support and service.

Fr. Bochanski was ordained a priest in 1999 for the Philadelphia archdiocese. He was a pastoral associate in several Philadelphia parishes and a chaplain for the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters, the Catholic Medical Association’s Philadelphia guild, and the Courage apostolate’s Philadelphia chapter.

He became associate director of Courage last year. He has helped implement the apostolate’s “Courage Study Days” to help form priests about Catholic teaching on homosexuality, how to be clear and compassion in presenting Catholic teaching, and how to provide authentic pastoral care to men and women with same-sex attractions. He has helped oversee existing and new chapters of Courage and EnCourage, a ministry outreach to parents and spouses.

“Courage and EnCourage are, and always have been, about bringing people together for mutual support and encouragement, and about building people up to embrace God’s call and be formed as disciples,” Fr. Bochanski said.

“We are not out to ‘fix’ anyone or to replace anyone’s personality, to put heavy burdens on anyone or to make anyone feel terrible about their lives or their desires,” he added. “As the Church does for every person (regardless of whether their sexual attractions are for the same or the opposite sex), Courage invites each member to embrace chastity in mind, heart and body, and to move away from relationships and behaviors that are not chaste.”

 

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  1. Why doesn’t Archbishop Gomez invite him to speak at the L.A. Religious Education Congress in Anaheim instead of the LGBTQWERTY dissenters that regularly offer workshops that mislead those in attendance about the truth concerning homosexuality and gender dysphoria disorders?

    • Elizabeth M. says:

      That’s a very good question. Unfortunately many prelates don’t know about Courage/Encourage either because they are naive or deliberately choose not to share this wonderful ministry.

      • thomas nawn says:

        the bully bulpit at work again. gay folks are generally mild men and women they are an easy target for religious fanatics

  2. Tony de New York says:

    GOD bless him!

  3. Your Fellow Catholic says:

    Funny thing about Courage is that they don’t seem to have any. They hold their meetings in secret locations and times so that they appeal to those with great fear of being gay.

    • Elizabeth M. says:

      It’s because they don’t want to deal with protesters and other confrontations. If you wish to attend one of their meetings just call and they will tell you where and when.

    • Anonymous says:

      Maybe they are not out. Some of those they minister to are married.

      • Your Fellow Catholic says:

        It is a ministry of shame not a ministry of courage.

        • Elizabeth M. says:

          No, it is a courageous group of men and women who are trying to live up to the highest expectations of their faith.

        • It takes courage to face your disorder honestly and with a desire to overcome it.

          I don’t think “out and proud” is courageous; it’s shameful.

    • Ann Malley says:

      “…They hold their meetings in secret locations and times so that they appeal to those with great fear of being gay.”

      Everything doesn’t equate to fear, YFC. Maybe you’re too afraid to confront that.

      And yet fear of mortal sin and being encouraged to commit it by pretending grave matter is no biggie is something to avoid. Maybe that’s why Courage doesn’t encourage attendance by those like yourself.

  4. Michael McDermott says:

    Let us all hope for some Real Courage – for the need is great in the wake of the Homosex Ephebobile Infiltration and Attack on Adolescent Boys that has wrought so much harm to so very many.

    • Catherine says:

      Real Courage stems from real holiness. This article was written in 2012 when Pope Benedict XVI addressed the homosexual lobby. It’s 2016 and the lobby is at work on CCD. The Church has always welcomed all sinners. Those who deny this are working to undermine Christ’s teachings, period. Their distractions have worked because many have allowed it. You cannot coddle evil agendas, you expose them.

      Fr. Dariusz Oko’s major article: “With the Pope against the Homoheresy”

      http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2013/02/fr-dariusz-okos-major-article-with-pope.html

      continued……

      • Catherine says:

        cont..
        A particularly valuable comment in the discussion has been made by F. Professor Józef Augustyn SJ, who said: “The problem, in my opinion, is not “in them” but in our reaction “to them”. How do we, ordinary priests and superiors, react to their behaviour? Do we yield to fear, step back, call for silence, pretend the problem does not exist? Or do we face the problem, are explicit about it, take away their influential positions, remove them from their offices? They should not work in seminaries or hold any important positions. If the homosexual lobby exists and has anything to say in the structures of the Church, it is because we give in, withdraw, pretend, and so on. continued….

        • Catherine says:

          cont.
          The Holy See has given us a clear sign, a direction on how such problems should be solved. Concealing the behaviour of dishonest persons, which will sooner or later be exposed anyway, destroys the authority of the Church. The faithful spontaneously ask about the reliability of a community which tolerates such arrangements. If we make a prior assumption that no lobby of homosexual priests has ever existed, exists now or will exist in the future, we actually support the phenomenon. The homosexual lobby of the clergy get off scot-free and become a serious threat”

          http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2013/02/fr-dariusz-okos-major-article-with-pope.html

          Fr. Dariusz Oko’s major article: “With the Pope against the Homoheresy”

          • Your Fellow Catholic says:

            I think the irrational fear that this topic raises is clearly illustrated in the construction of fake words like “homoheresy”,”homosex”, “same sex attracted individuals”, multiply capitalized phrases strung together as though it’s a thing, “LGBTQWERTY”. Rational people operating out of love and not out of fear can use real words and have honest conversations without making up this malarkey and meeting in dark and anonymous places.

          • Oh, but fake marriage, imposed by judicial fiat, isn’t any big deal.

            Rational people should be able to reach rational conclusions, among which are that two people of the same sex cannot ever be married to each other because it is impossible by the true definition of marriage.

            The “fake words” you call attention to are either shorthand to remain within the 750 character limit imposed by the website or light mocking of a movement that is irrational to its core: it adds more letters every several months to express a newly discovered “identity”: hence LGBTQWERTY.

          • Rational people operating out of love and not fear should be able to have their hollow civil “marriage” ceremonies without deliberately targeting Christian florists, bakers, photographers, caterers and venues to harass and fleece with the threat of legal action for not providing services.

            Rational people operating out of love and not fear should accept that a Catholic school has a right to fire them for publicly contradicting the faith and morals of the school’s educational philosophy instead of suing for jackpot justice and an effort to force the school to accept their distorted self-identities and relationships.

            Don’t try to claim the high road; you’re not on it.

          • Your Fellow Catholic says:

            Rational people do not have to use circular arguments and cutesy made up phrases. Saying “two people of the same sex can’t get married because it doesn’t conform to my “definition” of marriage” is a little bit like saying the earth is flat because I define the earth to be flat. Human beings cannot have co-evolved with apes because human beings are not apes. Climate change cannot be happening because God created climate. Round and Round it goes, people.

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