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Courage International

Courage members are men and women who experience same-sex attractions, desire to grow in holiness by embracing chastity and charity, and strive to deepen their relationship with God.  They are inspired by the Gospel call to holiness and the Catholic Church's beautiful teachings about the goodness and inherent purpose of human sexuality.  

Through this ministry, people who experience same-sex attraction receive pastoral support through spiritual guidance, community prayer support and fellowship.

Our Archdiocesan contact is Deacon Vincent DeFedele.  A confidential voice message can be left for him at: 201-220-3968 or by e-mail to 

Our Archdiocesan Chaplain is Rev. Msgr. Timothy J. Shugrue at St Michael's Church Cranford NJ (908-276-0360).

For information about Courage International or to find a chapter near you, visit

Additional Resources:

Courage FAQ

More Information about Courage

Pastoral Minisitry to Young People with Same-Sex Attraction

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Respect Life Office
171 Clifton Ave.
Newark, NJ 07104
Cheryl A. Riley
Christine Geiges-Krey
Administrative Assistant
Pete Hernandez
Coordinator Mercy House
Annette Miller
Coordinator Mercy House
Steve Taylor
Logistics Coordinator
Fr. Jim Weiner
The Mercy House