hi Archdiocese of Hartford - Ooutreach to Persons with Same-Sex Attraction

Archdiocese of Hartford Coat of Arms
 Office of the Diaconate


One of the scribes, when he came forward and heard them disputing and saw how well he had answered them, asked him:

"Which is the first of all the commandments?"
Jesus replied, "The first is this: Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone!
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.
The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these."

In obedience to that command, the Catholic Church has established outreaches to people who wish to embrace their sexuality as-is and live as vibrant, engaged, loved and loving Catholics, and to the families of people with same-sex attraction. The goal is to welcome everyone, without exception, into the circle of God's love and to provide support for enjoying life in accord with the freedom of the Catholic faith.

For those who wish to understand more deeply what this journey has looked like in real lives, we invite you to view this video, entitled "Desire of the Everlasting Hills." You may or may not find affinities to your own situation, but you will certainly come to understand more fully what it looks like for real people to travel this road.

"This film, Desire of the Everlasting Hills, is a sympathetic, compassionate and inspirational film about three people who found their way back to living as faithful Catholics with same-sex attraction. In their own words these three people discuss their individual journey of how they dealt with same-sex attraction in their lives and the struggles they faced in doing so. Eventually, all of three of the people interviewed for this film found their way back to living in accord with the teachings of the Catholic Church. This film is eloquently presented avoiding preachy and judgmental language. Its concern is to reassure people with same-sex attraction that they can faithfully live the moral vision of the Catholic Church as pertains to same-sex attraction and have a fulfilling and rewarding life. The hour spent watching this heart-warming and encouraging film is well-worth the time."

- Deacon Robert M. Pallotti, D.Min. Director of the Office of the Diaconate

When you are ready, take a look at the website for Courage, the outreach of the Catholic Church for people with same-sex attraction. There you will find all the information you need to connect with the Churchs outreach, whether youre a person with same-sex attraction yourself, a family member, or a clergy person.