By Gene Corpuz, Dignity/Honolulu President
On Saturday, May 14, 2016, Dignity/Honolulu celebrated 40 years of ministry to the LGBTQ Catholic community in Hawaii, with a dinner at the Willows Restaurant in Honolulu. There were over 40 people present with great local food, door prizes, awards, and special speakers including, Glenn Crane, DignityUSA Treasurer. Glenn also presented the homily at the chapter's anniversary mass the next day at St. Mary's Episcopal Church. St. Mary's Church was one of the recipients of the St. John Award, cited for their support for Dignity/Honolulu and providing the site for their weekly liturgies. The other recipient of the St. John Award was Pat Gee, staff writer for the Honolulu Star Advertiser newspaper and editor for the weekly Religion Page in the Saturday edition. She wrote an article about Dignity/Honolulu's anniversary, interviewing me and Jim Slatkavitz, original charter member of the chapter. Please contact Honolulu@dignityusa.org for the text of the article. We thank Pat Gee for the articles she has written about our chapter and the periodic listing of our events in the Religion Calendar.
The St. Peter Award was presented to Kwok Hung Ho. He served on the Board of Directors as Secretary, and also contributes to the liturgies as sacristan and usher. We thank him as well as all of the past and current members for their loyalty and support for the Honolulu Chapter. From weekly liturgies, monthly movie nights, advocacy in the legislature, participation in community events including the annual Pride Parade, Dignity/Honolulu has been in an integral part of the LGBTQ community in Hawaii. Dignity/Honolulu also has contributed to DignityUSA through its participation and attendance at the biennial conventions, special campaigns, and for its members who have held positions on the DignityUSA Board and various committees. The chapter received congratulatory messages and support from around the country including chapters from Los Angeles, San Antonio, Rochester, Dayton, Boston, and Arizona.
Again we thank Glenn Crane, representing DignityUSA, at our special events for our chapter's 40th Anniversary. We hope to continue our ministry to LGBTQ Catholics for many more years.