By Kenneth Dowling
Dignity's Young Adult Caucus (DYAC) is planning its third biennial retreat in Chicago this July 29-31, called "Telling Our Stories, Creating Our Home." The spiritual director will be Judy Brown of Wisconsin, founder of The Hesed Project.
At the 2011 DignityUSA convention, the young adults present enjoyed the connections we made so much that we resolved to hold a DYAC national retreat in 2012, in Newark. In 2014, more than 30 of us held another fantastic retreat in Washington, D.C. This summer, we'll meet again, to strengthen the friendships we've forged over the years and to renew our commitment to DignityUSA, whose chapters and central leadership mean so much to us. We'll return to our home chapters spiritually renewed in our faith and our fellowship. We will also be renewed in our vision to keep engaging in LGBTQ Catholic advocacy around the country and keep growing Dignity as an indispensable presence in a Church that still sorely need us.
All young adult LGBTQ Catholics are invited to this retreat, not just Dignity members. Interested young adults (under age 35) can register using our online registration form, and share the event with friends on Facebook.
DignityUSA members who are interested in supporting the retreat financially can visit https://dignityusa.org/donate, where your gifts will help pay for attendees' transportation and lodging. As young people, most of us don't have the means ourselves. Also, consider having your chapter sponsor some of your young adults.
As the youngest members of Dignity chapters around the country, we are the next generation of Dignity. In not too long, we DYAC members will be passed the torch to become the face of DignityUSA and LGBTQ Catholicism to the world. This retreat is our chance to rekindle the flame! We look forward to seeing a lot of familiar and new faces there."