Phone: 216-696-6525

Toll Free: 1-800-869-6525

Address: 1404 East 9th Street, Cleveland, OH 44114

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Offices Parish Life Marriage and Family Ministry Human Sexuality Ministry to LGBT+ Individuals and their Families

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Ministry to LGBT+ Individuals and their Families

This ministry aims to support all persons and their families in their quest for wholeness and holiness.

The Body of Christ in the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland is called to revere each person as a unique reflection of God's presence in our midst. We commit ourselves to become a community of care, support, formation, reconciliation and witness to justice with and among gay and lesbian persons, their parents, family members, and all who minister in and with this community.


Courage is a Catholic apostolate for men and women who experience same-sex attractions and who have made a commitment to strive for chastity. 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. 

Visit Courage's website

Local Courage Chaplains

  • Fr. Matthew Byrne, St. John Bosco, 440-886-3500
  • Fr. Kevin Estabrook, St. Ignatius of Antioch, 216-251-0300
  • Fr. Michael Matusz, Our Lady of Victory, 330-633-3637
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Local Groups

Throughout the diocese there are individual outreach and family support groups.  Click here to lean more.


Eden Invitation
Original personhood beyond the LGBT+ paradigm, Eden Invitation creates space to receive the whole person, grow systems of mutual support, and empower for creative discipleship.

For parents, spouses, sibling and friends of people who identify as LGBTQ. They are looking for help to keep the faith and keep their family bonds intact.

Gender Teaching
Provided by the USCBB, this is a teaching resource with select excerpts from various sources intended to provide some information, not exhaustive, in the area of “gender theory”/“gender ideology”.

Have questions? Need more information?

Maria Wancata, Marriage and Family Specialist
216-696-6525 x2323

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