The Congregation of St. Joseph believes in and respects the God-given dignity of all life, and we act in solidarity with all those who are marginalized, including those in the LGBTQ+ community.
Supporting Non-Discrimination for All LGBTQ People
In the summer of 2021, the Congregation of St. Joseph signed on to support New Ways Ministry’s theological reflection, “A Home for All: A Catholic Call for LGBTQ Non-Discrimination.” This statement calls each of us, especially as Catholics, to work against any form of discrimination that deeply wounds our LGBTQ Dear Neighbors. New Ways Ministry cites Scripture, Gaudium et spes, and Catholic Social Teaching as foundational to this call to end discrimination. Read the full statement here.
Showing Support for Our LGBTQ+ Siblings at Events
Sisters from the Congregation of St. Joseph attend events including Pride festivals and paraes, conferences, and other places where they can offer their support for members of the LGBTQ+ community, with whom we are all part of a Sacred Community.
Supporting At-Risk LGBT Youth
In 2021, the Congregation of St. Joseph signed on as supporters to God Is On Your Side: A Statement from Catholic Bishops with the Tyler Clementi Foundation on Protecting LGBT Youth. This statement declares that we will stand up for at-risk LGBT youth in our country and oppose any form of violence, bullying or harassment directed at them. Read the full statement here.
New Ways Ministry
New Ways Ministry educates and advocates for justice and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Catholics, and reconciliation within the larger church and civil communities. Through research, publication and education about sexual orientation and gender identity, they foster dialogue among groups and individuals, identify and combat personal and structural homophobia and transphobia, work for changes in attitudes and promote the acceptance of LGBTQ people as full and equal members of church and society. The Congregation of St. Joseph has awarded funding to New Ways Ministry in support of their work.
As Sisters of St. Joseph, we believe that all are one. And so, to celebrate with the LGBTQ+ during Pride Month, we’re featuring special guests to celebrate. Tune in for both of our episodes, where we’ll talk to Sister Jeannine Gramick, a Sister of Loretto and co-founder of New Ways Ministry, a Catholic outreach and advocacy ministry with the LGBTQ+ community, as well as Bob Shine, Associate Director of New Ways, and co-author of the book A Home for All.
The Congregation of St. Joseph is committed to having important conversations around LGBTQ+ issues. In the Fall/Winter 2017 issue of our magazine, imagineONE, we interviewed Father James Martin, SJ, about his book Building a Bridge, and his mission to have civil discourse on social media. Read the full article here.
Statements of Support
The Congregation of St. Joseph supports the LGBTQ+ community by offering statements of support. Find the most recent statement here.