Courage is the Catholic Church’s ministry of the love of Jesus Christ for men and women who experience same-sex attraction.

He calls them his beloved brothers and sisters. Courage members have developed five goals to witness to the love of Jesus in the Church and to the world. Courage provides a safe and welcoming environment in which we support each other in our commitment to chastity, the life of grace, fellowship, friendship, and the witness to Christ’s unconditional love.

If you would like to join Courage, please contact Deacon Hilmar Pabel at or 778-887-5873.

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In the News

Courage: The best-kept secret in the Catholic Church

By Deacon Hilmar Pabel (Sept. 2018)

The basic message of a workshop I was recently invited to give on “The Benefits of Courage” is that Courage is a ministry that helps men and women who experience same-sex attraction flourish as disciples of Jesus Christ through worship and fellowship for the sake of Christian witness and service.

Read more on The B.C. Catholic


Heated LGBTQ debate better than none: Courage deacon

By Agnieszka Ruck (Feb. 2018)

It’s tough to start conversations about LGBTQ issues in a Catholic church these days. Deacon Hilmar Pabel, who has been trying to do just that for the last year, faced a respectful, but tense crowd at St. Peter’s Church in New Westminster Feb. 8. And it’s not the first time.

Read more on The B.C. Catholic


All should support goals of Courage, EnCourage ministries

By Deacon Hilmar Pabel (Sept. 2017)

About a year ago, Archbishop Miller entrusted Deacon Bruce Fraser and I with two related ministries. Deacon Fraser was assigned to lead an outreach ministry called EnCourage and I was assigned to lead an outreach ministry called Courage.

Read more on The B.C. Catholic


Courage ministry finds common ground in pastoral care for LGBTQ youth

By Jean Ko Din (April 2017)

Who we are as Christians is not defined by our sexual orientation, said Deacon Hilmar Pabel. Who we are, fundamentally, are God’s children. While the Church is in the midst of consultations for next year’s Synod of Young People, Pabel said identity must be the starting point for discussing pastoral care for LGBTQ youth.

Read more on The Catholic Register


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