15-year Courage staffer says apostolate ‘helped me to become the man I am today’ – Catholic World Report

A 25-year member of the Courage International apostolate says the ministry formed him into the man he is today. Angelo, who attended his first Courage conference in 1995, said he found his way to the group through the suffering of his own experience while living a gay lifestyle in New York City and Hollywood, in his video testimony published Thursday on YouTube. The Courage apostolate aims to help people with same-sex attraction practice their Catholic faith and live according to Church teaching. It was founded in New York by Father John F. Harvey, OSFS in 1980 at the request of then-archbishop of New York, Cardinal Terence Cooke. Now under current executive director, Fr. Philip Bochanski, Angelo has worked at Courage International as a staff member for 15 years. Each member and chaplain of Courage, Angelo said, “has helped me to become the man I am today.” Angelo said he first noticed an innocent “fascination with men” from a young age. After he graduated high school, he was drawn to hanging around other men who were acting on same-sex attraction, because it made him feel more comfortable with himself; he noted he always had an internal moral struggle. Angelo ultimately came to the conclusion that if he was going to enter into the gay lifestyle, it would be best if he went as far away as he could.

15-year Courage staffer says apostolate ‘helped me to become the man I am today’ – Catholic World Report

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