Fortunate & Faithful Families is a ministry in the Atlanta Archdiocese that fosters mutual understanding, spiritual renewal, and inclusion of all gender and sexually diverse individuals and their families through dialogue, hospitality, education, and support.

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February 4, 2018 —

First Annual Meeting

Fortunate and Faithful Families will host their first meeting of 2018, “Setting Goals for the New Year,” on Sunday, February 4 following 11:00 Mass at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

The meeting will be moderated by Conal Charles, Gulf Regional Director for PFLAG. We will discuss goals and desires for ourselves, our families, our Catholic Church and society for advancing compassion and acceptance for LGBT family members.

Conal is an experienced support group facilitator and will moderate the discussions. Wherever you are on this journey, the meeting will provide new insights and strategies for encouraging inclusion and understanding for all.

LGBT persons, parents and extended family are welcome! Refreshments will be served. For information, visit, our Facebook page or call 770-924-3920.

November 12, 2017 —

Annual Retreat: “Building Bridges of Love”

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Fortunate and Faithful Families held their fifth annual retreat at the Chancery of the Archdiocese of Atlanta on Sunday, November 12. The theme, “Building Bridges of Love,” was evident throughout the day shared by over fifty attendees, plus several priests and deacons. A joyous Mass liturgy was celebrated by Father Peter Fink, SJ, assisted by Deacon Fred Johns and Deacon Paul Dietz, with music led by Donal Noonan, Music Director at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Father Peter then shared his story of compassion and faithful ministry with the LGBT community throughout his almost forty years as a Jesuit. The priest, parent, LGBT child panel which followed was powerful and moving. Our LGBT presenter, who flew in from California to participate, shared the pain and difficulties that she experienced as a young gay woman in an Atlanta Catholic high school. Her story was heart-wrenching and yet hopeful, as she has been made spiritually strong and deeply compassionate from her own life experiences.

The small group discussions were vulnerable and honest, culminating with the building of an actual bridge of love composed of bricks covered with celebratory, loving comments about our LGBT family members as well as faithful, hopeful observations about our Catholic Church. After the Closing Liturgy, there was time for dinner and fellowship . . . much appreciated after the intensity of the day!

Many thanks to Archbishop Gregory and his phenomenal staff for their care and hospitality! What a truly blessed day for all.

Fortunate and Faithful Families is an organization of Catholic families striving to love both their LGBT family members and their Catholic faith tradition.

What I Have Seen and Heard

‘The Church must welcome all of her sons and daughters’

It took a while before our calendars could all sync, but finally the meeting took place about six weeks ago. From my point of view, it was well worth the wait. I had a superb encounter with about 10 simply wonderful folks who came from five or six of our parishes. They are members of a larger group of individuals who belong to many other parishes, but who find a common bond in the fact that they are parents of gay and lesbian children.

Like parents everywhere they love their children, and like faithful Catholics they also love our Church. Yet they also are deeply troubled to feel that our Church does not love their children, and therein is the conflict that fills and saddens their hearts . . .

I assured them that the Church must welcome all of her sons and daughters—no matter what their sexual orientation or life situation might be—and that we have not always done so with a spirit of compassion and understanding . . .

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Building Bridges:
Gay and Lesbian Reality and the Catholic Church

— by Sr. Jeannine Gramick & Fr. Robert Nugent

Explores the history of the church’s stance on homosexuality and examines new approaches to pastoral care. An objective and sensitive exploration into the situation of gays and lesbians in the Catholic church today.

C-SPAN / November 15, 2017 —

Racism in America

Archbishop Gregory voices support for the book Building Bridges
. . . recalls his meeting with Fortunate and Faithful Families

Georgetown University hosted a panel discussion on November 15, 2017, with religious leaders, civil rights activists, and academic scholars on racism in America. Speakers included Representative John Lewis (D-GA), Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta, Sojourners Magazine founder Jim Wallis and Georgetown University African American studies professor Marcia Chatelain. They discussed the role of religious faith in confronting racism, bigotry and sexism. Georgetown University president John DeGioia delivered opening remarks.

August 28 – September 2, 2018

The annual AJC Decatur Book Festival, which features an LGBT track, is the largest independent book festival in the country and one of the five largest overall. Go to for more information.

October 2018

This annual event is held in October of each year. Participants include PFLAG and many LGBT members of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Go to for more information.

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