Courage and EnCourage2019-12-10T15:56:51-05:00

Courage and EnCourage Ministry

Are you, or do you have a loved one, experiencing same-sex attraction and are looking for answers?

Courage, a ministry of the Catholic Church that provides spiritual support for Catholic men and women with same-sex attraction who desire to lead chaste lives consistent with the teaching of the Catholic Church, has a chapter operating in the Archdiocese of Louisville offering confidential spiritual support-group meetings on this issue.

Also meeting locally, EnCourage is a companion ministry within the Courage apostolate dedicated to serving the spiritual needs of parents, siblings, children, and other relatives and friends of persons who are experiencing same-sex attractions. EnCourage members support one another and their loved ones through discussion, prayer and fellowship in a confidential group setting.

For more information, you can reach the Courage/EnCourage Chaplain, Fr. Jonathan Erdman, or Co-Chaplain Deacon Stephen Bowling at or check out Courage’s official website

Both the Courage and EnCourage local chapters are official ministries of the Archdiocese of Louisville through the Family Ministries Office.


Maloney Center
1200 South Shelby Street
Louisville, KY 40203-2600
Contact: Father Jonathan Erdman or Deacon Stephen Bowling, Co-Chaplains

Purpose: Courage is a worldwide ministry recognized by the Holy See dedicated to forming a spiritual support system to assist men and women with same-sex attractions in living chaste lives in fellowship, truth and love. The apostolate also runs a similar ministry entitled EnCourage designed to support family members of persons struggling with loved ones with same-sex attraction.

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