LGBT Family Ministry

Catholic Diocese of Cleveland

STRUCTURE FOR THE CLEVELAND DIOCESAN COUNCIL FOR THE LESBIAN/GAY FAMILY MINISTRY

PURPOSE:

The GLFM Council exists in a consultative capacity collaborating with The Secretary for Parish Life and Development in the implementation of the Gay and Lesbian Family Ministry of the Diocese of Cleveland.

Specific responsibilities include the following:

  • Serving as an advisory and resourcing body to the Diocesan administration, particularly in the implementation of the USCCB pastoral letter: Always Our Children, Ministry to Persons with a Homosexual Inclination (Guidelines for Pastoral Care), and the Pastoral Plan for The Gay and Lesbian Family Ministry of the Diocese of Cleveland. (see Appendix A)
  • Meeting with pastoral groups, districts and organizations to discuss pastoral ministry to lesbian/gay persons, their families and friends, and the broader Catholic community
  • Planning retreat, prayer and community building experiences for lesbian/gay persons, their families and friends
  • Serving as a resource group in planning educational opportunities for the broader Catholic Community on the Church's teaching regarding homosexuality and issues of homophobia
  • Participating in interfaith/ecumenical discussion and events for the lesbian/gay community
  • Assisting in the establishment and ongoing support of faith sharing and support groups for gay and lesbian Catholics and their families
  • Researching and providing resources on homosexuality which are consistent with the teaching of the Catholic Church, i.e. curriculum guides, audio-visual materials, and written resources
  • Maintaining a connection with other Gay and Lesbian Ministries in other Dioceses.
  • Providing referrals for counselors, spiritual directors, and confessors.
  • Providing opportunities to be witnesses of compassion to the wider community.
  • Providing opportunities for ongoing education on topics related to the topic of homosexuality, homophobia, and pastoral care.

MEMBERSHIP

  • Three to four members representing the pastoral staffs serving the faith sharing and support groups
  • One to two members chosen from each of the faith sharing and support groups
  • Two members of the clergy, one of whom is a moral theologian
  • Four to six lay representatives from the broader Catholic community
  • Two educators from the high school level, two campus ministers college/university level and a representative from the Office of Catholic Education
  • A representative from the health care field, a social worker, a psychologist.