What is Courage and Encourage?


We provide a spiritual support group for persons with same-sex attractions and their loved ones.   The Courage group is for those with same-sex attractions who are striving to live chaste lives.

The 5 Goals of Courage:

1. To live a chaste life in accordance with the Roman Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexuality.

2. To dedicate one’s life to Christ through service to others, spiritual reading, prayer, meditation, individual spiritual direction, and the frequent reception of the sacraments of Penance and the Holy Eucharist.

3.  To foster a spirit of fellowship in which one may share with others thoughts and experiences to ensure that no one face the difficulties of homosexuality alone.

4.  To be mindful of the truth that chaste friendships are not only possible but necessary in celibate Christian life and to encourage one another in forming and sustaining them.

5.  To live a life that may serve as a good example to others who struggle with homosexuality.


If you are an individual with concerns about homosexual attraction and would like a safe place to talk and understand Catholic teaching in this matter, please contact:

Faith In Action – Courage
305 N 7th Avenue, Suite 100
Saint Cloud, Minnesota 56302
e-mail: fiacourage1@gmail.com

Or call Chris at the Office of Marriage & Family at (320) 252-4721.   (All contacts are kept confidential.)


Click here for the National Courage Website.

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Video Resources:

Desire of the Everlasting Hills. This moving documentary tells the story of three people who experience same-sex attractions and how they found freedom, peace, and joy in Christ and His Church. Comes with study guide. (See Programs – Special Topics) (Online video and DVD are available at Everlasting Hills.org.)

The Third Way. A 40-minute documentary film focusing on the Catholic Church’s teachings regarding Homosexuality.