Mission: Fortunate Families serves as a resource and networking ministry with Catholic parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children. We promote and facilitate personal, meaningful, and respectful conversation, especially within our parishes and with our pastors and bishops. We stress the significance of our personal stories as a source of grace within our families and as a witness for justice in our civic and faith communities. We hold fast to the truth that our children are, in the words of the United States bishops, “child[ren] of God, gifted and called for a purpose in God’s design.” (Always our Children 1997-1998)
Target demographics: We are Catholic parents with LGBT children supporting others like us to affirm, celebrate and seek equality for our families. Our faith journey calls us to strive for justice for all our children.
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 100 parents
Geographic areas served: all areas
Programs: Listening Parents: Parents who will volunteered to listen to and share their personal experience with other parents. Parent Gatherings: Days of reflection, prayer and sharing of our stories with other parents to get to know each other and provide mutual support in our parishes and dioceses.