The responsibility of the belief in the Resurrection is not lost on us. With every alleluia we sing, we faithfully embrace the light, but we also take the risk that comes with living the life that Jesus calls us to, what he promises us, and what only he can deliver here and in eternal life. We cannot remain passive witnesses to this life-changing event narrated to us in the Gospels. Dignity has heard the call loud and clear: go, tell it on the mountain.
From the Depths of Our Souls to the Ends of the Earth
Highlights of DignityUSA's History
Early in 1969, Father Patrick X. Nidorf, O.S.A., an Augustinian priest and psychologist, starts a ministry for gay and lesbian Catholics as an extension of his professional work. Father Pat would later describe the beginnings of Dignity in his own words as follows:
"The Catholic gay people whom I had met were frequently bothered by ethical problems and identity with the Church. It seemed obvious that the Church wasn't meeting the needs of the gay community. In counseling gay Catholics, there always seemed to be an excessive and unreal problem of guilt that was sometimes reinforced in the confessional instead of being resolved. With these ideas rattling around in my brain, I wrote a paper on a proposed group for Catholic gays and presented it to our members at a Provincial meeting. Most of the priests seemed to favor the idea of forming such a group and I did."