January 2018

Remembering Fr. John Harvey on His 100th Birthday 

Fr. John F. Harvey, OSFS Founding Director of Courage
Dear Friends of Courage and EnCourage, 

We are quickly approaching the one hundredth anniversary of the birth, on April 14, of Fr. John F. Harvey, OSFS, the founding director of Courage. Fr. Harvey was a gentleman-priest and scholar, like St. Francis De Sales -- the saint he most sought to emulate. Father's holy life, compassionate ministry, and clear writings laid a solid theological and pastoral foundation on which the Courage apostolate continues to grow and bear fruit today.

Throughout 2018, we will remember and honor Fr. Harvey in our regional retreats, conferences, pilgrimage, and other events. We will also dedicate a portion of our newsletter to his memory by sharing his legacy of writings and talks, including several installments of the Director's Corner, the column he penned for the early print version of the newsletter. We are asking those of you who knew Father personally to submit stories/anecdotes for a remembrance booklet to be made available at the Annual Conference (details below).  

We encourage all members and friends of the apostolate to invoke Father Harvey's intercession this Jubilee Year as we pray for many blessings on our lives and on the ministry. 

God bless you, 
The Courage Central Office 

Contents of this Newsletter

Focus on Fr. Harvey  
Celebrating His 100th Birthday Jubilee
"The Spirituality of Courage"
Fr. Harvey's inspiration from St. Francis de Sales to "Live Jesus"

St. Francis de Sales in Ecstasy 
 by Louis François Félix Musnier
The beginning and the end of both Courage and EnCourage rest in the interior lives of our members.  As we begin this Jubilee year, it seems most fitting to draw inspiration from Fr. Harvey by taking a look at "The Spirituality of Courage" which begins as follows:

Rooted in the priestly heart of Fr. John Harvey, OSFS, whose spirituality was born of a profound personal relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ and inspired by the Oblates of Saint Francis de Salesʼ fervent devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the spirituality of Courage reflects the urging of the Saint to "Live Jesus." In The Introduction to the Devout Life , St. Francis de Sales opens the way for persons living in the world to develop a Christian life founded upon the union of oneʼs heart with the Sacred Heart of Jesus and in a daily striving marked by a total offering of oneʼs life and all of oneʼs works in union with God.
Wanted: Your Memories of Fr. Harvey 

To commemorate Fr. John Harvey's 100th birthday, we are compiling a collection of stories/anecdotes about Father, written by those who knew him. The booklet will be a tribute in honor of the founding director of our apostolate.

Accordingly, we invite those of you who are interested to please submit entries of 500 words or less, to: Submissions may be slightly edited upon receipt. You may use your full name, a pseudonym, or just your first name to go with your entry. Entries must be received by February 28, 2018.

Director's Corner: Trip to Rome 
Fr. Harvey's column from the May 2000 Courage newsletter 

Fr. Harvey kisses the ring of     
 Pope Saint John Paul I
Courage staff member Pat Size interviewed Fr. Harvey after his exhilarating visit to the Vatican in which he had multiple "thrilling" encounters with St. Pope John Paul II. This is Fr. Harvey's own account of one of these blessed meetings:

I thought it was all over and you just walk off the stage, but no, no ... we went up to the Pope again, and you knelt down. This time I really told him that I was the Director of Courage which is a ministry to Catholic men and women with homosexual tendencies. I said we have a very serious program of chastity, and he said 'Good!' and that was the end of my conversation - he just said one word - that's okay.  So I moved out again, walking on air.

Fr. Mike Schmitz's New Book  
Made for Love: Same-Sex Attraction and the Catholic Church

Many Courage and EnCourage members already appreciate Fr. Mike Schmitz for the compassion and clarity he offers in his From Love, For Love, By Love CD and in his videos of his talks to young people. Now Fr. Schmitz has fully developed his presentation in this new book published by Ignatius Press. Written especially for persons who experience same-sex attractions and those who love them, this book will be particularly valuable in providing authentic pastoral care to our hurting world. 

In Made for Love Fr. Schmitz "shows that the Church's teachings are rooted in the yearnings for authentic love that are shared by all who are made in the image and likeness of God." He writes about "genuine love: how we can truly love each other, how the Bible teaches us to love and how God is not simply loving, but love itself." 

Courage Executive Director, Fr. Philip Bochanski, writes in the foreword, "Made for Love is an important answer to ... questions about identity and sexuality. ... Made for Love proclaims one message loud and clear: 'You are who you are because God loves you!'"  


EnCourage on EWTN's Church Universal Show
January 17, 2018, at 11:00 p.m. on EWTN 

"Gender Matters: Fighting for a New Generation" 
January 20, 2018, in Queens, New York
With Andy Comiskey and Desert Streams Ministries 

Courage Men's Retreat 
January 26-28, 2018, in Stamford, Connecticut

Living Waters Leadership Training Seminar
January 27 - February 2, 2018, in Calabasas, California
With Andy Comiskey and Desert Streams Ministries  

Courage & EnCourage Atlanta Open House 
February 3, 2018, in Atlanta, Georgia

Courage on EWTN's Church Universal Show
February 4, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. on EWTN 
February 6, 2018, at 5:00 a.m. on EWTN 
February 7, 2018, at 11:00 p.m. on EWTN 

"Gender Matters: Fighting for a New Generation" 
February 10, 2018, in Overland Park, Kansas
With Andy Comiskey and Desert Streams Ministries  

First Midwest Courage Men's Retreat: Registration Now Open!
February 16-18, 2018, in Indianapolis, Indiana
With Fr. Philip Bochanski, Fr. Steve Mattson, and Dcn. Steven Hodges. 
New flyer and registration  Register by February 2

Diocese of St. Petersburg Courage/EnCourage Day of Recollection 
February 24, 2018, in Tampa Bay Area, Florida

EnCourage on EWTN's Church Universal Show
February 25, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. on EWTN 
February 27, 2018, at 5:00 a.m. on EWTN 
February 28, 2018, at 11:00 p.m. on EWTN 

Philadelphia Courage Day of Recollection
March 10, 2018, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
With Mr. Mark Houck, Founder of Kings Men
More information:

Courage Women's Retreat
April 12-15, 2018, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 
Email Tina at for more info.

Courage Men's Sports Camp
May 24-27, 2018, (tentative date), in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  
More information on Sports Camp page.

Courage/EnCourage Annual Conference  
July 12-15, 2018, at Villanova, Pennsylvania (Archdiocese of Philadelphia)

Courage/EnCourage Canada Shrines Pilgrimage
October 6-11, 2018 

Truth & Love Conference 
October 22-24, 2018, in Bloomfield, Connecticut (Archdiocese of Hartford)
For  clergy, religious, lay faithful who work in ecclesial ministry, medical and mental health professionals
Watch for details on  Truth & Love conference page.

Courage does not necessarily fully endorse all of the ideas included in resources that are not produced by Courage, but we still like to share items that we and our members have found to have considerable helpful content. 

Detail of St. Francis de Sales in Ecstasy by Louis François Félix Musnier, 1700s, photographed by G. Garitan, 7 August 2016, own work, CCA-SA 4.0 International, Wikimedia Commons. 

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