The dignity and identity of Christian persons are not determined by their sexual attractions but by their relation to Jesus Christ through faith, hope and love.

Support for Family & Friends

EnCourage is a spiritual support group within Courage dedicated to the spiritual needs of parents, siblings, children, and other relatives and friends of persons who experience same-sex attraction (SSA).

Standing by the true teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, EnCourage members support one another and their loved ones through discussion, prayer and fellowship.

Contact us confidentially

EnCourage provides confidential, welcoming, and informative support for family and friends men and women with SSA. Please join us.

Call: 313-237-5900
Email: encourage@aod.org

Goals of EnCourage

Help members themselves to grow spiritually through developing a vital relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ as authentically taught in our Roman Catholic Tradition.

Enable members to gain a deeper understanding of the needs and struggles experienced by men and women who experience same-sex attraction.

Help members establish and maintain a healthy and wholesome relationship with the loved one who experiences same-sex attraction.

Assist other parents and families not to reject but to reach out with compassion and truth to their loved one experiencing same-sex feelings and behaviors.

Witness to our loved one by our own lives that a happy, wholesome life is to be found in union with Jesus Christ and with His body, the Church.