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Many Members, One Body

What is Many Members, One Body?

Many Members, One Body is a support group for gay and lesbian Catholics and their families.  The group offers a confidential, supportive, accepting, safe, and caring place for you to share your journey.


Our Vision

St. Francis of Assisi Parish will be an even more joyful, energetic and nurturing Christian community.  All parishioners will feel that they have access to the life of the parish, where each parishioner’s gifts are discerned and he/she is empowered to share such gifts.  It will be a place of no distinctions except to be known as believers and where there is mutual respect for the uniqueness and dignity of each individual.

Monthly Sessions are held on the 1st Thursday of the month from 8:30 in the Brother Juniper Room at the church.



“God…calls the church to minister to every man, woman and child with the pastoral solicitude of our compassionate Lord.” – Vatican CDF Letter “On the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons.” October, 1986

“Welcome homosexuals into the faith community, and seek out those on the margins.  Avoid stereotyping and condemning.  Strive first to listen.” – National Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Marriage and Family, Always our Children, 1997

“The teachings of the Church make it  clear that the fundamental human rights of homosexual persons must be defended and that all of us must strive to eliminate any forms of injustice, oppression, or violence against them.” – The Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons, 1986 No. 10

“All in all, it is essential to recall one basic truth.  God loves every person as a unique individual.  Sexual identity helps to define the unique persons we are, and one component of sexual identity is sexual orientation.  Thus, our total personhood is more encompassing than sexual orientation.” – Always Our Children, National Conference of Bishops, 1997

“Humankind looks at appearances but God looks at the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7

For more information on Many Members, One Body, please contact Lisa Ostendorf:


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