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.
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 ffatl.org, our Facebook page or call 770-924-3920.
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
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’
By Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, The Georgia Bulletin, October 16, 2014
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 . . .
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.
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 www.decaturbookfestival.org
for more information.
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 www.atlantapride.org
for more information.