Annual Appeal: " Faithful to a Mission" 
Excerpts from 
recount blessings of 2017 and look ahead to 2018 

Fr. Philip Bochanski Executive Director
Dear Friends of Courage and EnCourage,

"I want to be remembered as being faithful to a mission."  With these words ... our beloved founder, Father John F. Harvey, OSFS, summed up his reflections on the precious gift that he left to us and to the Church: the Courage and EnCourage apostolates. What may have seemed to Father Harvey like a project for his retirement years ... has grown beyond anything he could have imagined. Amid many developments over nearly four decades, both Father Harvey and the spiritual family he founded have always been faithful to the mission entrusted to us by the Catholic Church. ...

As we approach the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of Father Harvey (born April 14, 1918), fidelity to the mission that the Church has entrusted to us is more important than ever. ... Courage International is committed, as you well know, to being faithful to the mission of serving our brothers and sisters who experience same sex attraction, and their loved ones, with the truth and love that come from the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the heart of His Church. This mission was further clarified for us last November when we were established as a public association of the Christian faithful, and our Statutes (centered on the Five Goals of Courage and the Five Goals of EnCourage) were approved by ecclesiastical authority. ...

Some highlights of Courage's activities featured in Fr. Bochanski's letter: 

Blessed opportunities in 2017: 
  • Presented Church's teaching in more than twenty dioceses in all regions of the United States, as well as in England, Scotland, Italy and Mexico
  • Presented at the Convocation of Catholic Leaders last summer in Orlando
  • Courage and  EnCourage on EWTN's The Church Universal show
  • Addressed the national bishops' conferences of Mexico and Guatemala
  • New Truth & Love website ( communicating truths of our faith
Looking ahead to 2018: 
  • Commemoration of Father Harvey's 100th birthday at annual conference and regional retreats around the country
  • 30th Annual Courage and EnCourage Conference at Villanova University in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, July 12 to 15, 2018
  • Truth and Love Conference for clergy and others in ministry with the Archdiocese of Hartford, Connecticut, October 22 to 24, 2018
  • New Courage website ( will be bilingual in English and Spanish

None of this work is possible, of course, without your cooperation.  I urge you to give generously of your prayers and your financial resources to support the work of Courage International, as we provide pastoral care faithful to the mission of the Church, and assist bishops, clergy and other pastoral ministers to participate in this mission along with us. Your generosity in the past inspires me to ask you to be even more generous in this jubilee year, in recognition of the great debt that the Courage and EnCourage family owes to our dear Father Harvey.

Please know how grateful I am for your continued support of Courage and EnCourage, and be sure that you and your loved ones will be remembered in my prayers and those of our members and chaplains. 

Sincerely yours in Christ, 
Father Philip G. Bochanski 
Executive Director 

Read Fr. Bochanski's letter 

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