In November 2014, several LGBT Catholics from the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in New York City launched a project concerning the relationship between the Catholic Church and people of sexual and gender minorities. The goals of this project are to foster dialogue about and encourage greater inclusion and acceptance of LGBT people in the Church. In October 2014, Pope Francis convened a synod of bishops to discuss issues of the family within the Catholic Church, including the topic of homosexuality. The Pope has encouraged ongoing conversation on these topics in preparation for the Ordinary Synod on the Family, set to take place in October 2015.
We want our stories to be a part of the discussion because LGBT people have unique gifts to contribute to the life of the Church.
We hope the Church recognizes that God is working through our life stories. We want to inspire change that will strengthen families, encourage acceptance of LGBT people, foster an inclusive community, and promote an open and accepting dialogue among Catholics across the world. Most of all, we want everyone to know they are loved and not alone.
LGBT Catholics: OwningOurFaith seeks to open hearts and remind all of us that God works through love.
Michael Tomae | Executive Producer, Director
Patrick Manning | Producer
Chris Lawton | Producer
Andrew Ryan Shepherd | Lead Videographer, Assistant Editor
Jae Lee | Editor
Carlo Velayo | Associate Producer, Audio Recordist
Cailin Yatsko | Videographer
Father Mark-David Janus
Father Gil Martinez