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Featured Articles

From the Depths of Our Souls to the Ends of the Earth

The days are getting longer, the light in the horizon produced by the setting of the sun lingers, and the sky embraces more shades of blue, orange, pink, and purple than has been possible in the last 6 months. Spring is indeed in the air, and for those of us who have survived a long and brutal winter, a very welcome change of season. Together with the new greeting of nature, our souls are ready for the light, the creation of something new, the resurrection of life and the conquest of death. The bells are ringing loudly and the alleluias are resounding in big cathedrals, in small chapels, and in communities all over the world. It is Easter, and we rejoice.

A Glimpse of Church Reform in Europe

by Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director

In March, I had the honor of representing the U.S. at the biennial meeting of International Movement We Are Church (IMWAC). This group, comprised of Church reform groups from Europe, North America, South America, Asia, Australia, and Africa, has been working to strengthen the international network of Catholic activists since 1996. At this convening in Vienna, Austria, I was the only non-European present, and removing barriers to participation from people from other parts of the world was discussed numerous times.

Visit the proposed new dignityusa.org

DignityUSA’s website, www.dignityusa.org, is changing.  The Website Redesign Team has built a website based upon input of the DignityUSA community and the technology now available.  The new site is designed to support desktops, laptops, and tablets, as well as smart phones, so you can access it your way. The site is more community oriented, more people oriented.  With a new structure and new services, the new website hopes to be a place where people will congregate and communicate, as well as share activities and stories with the rest of the DignityUSA community.

Publications

Quarterly Voice

​This issue of the Quarterly Voice presents three reflections, each by a person intimately engaged with the transgender community.        

Hilary Howes, the author of To Be or Not to Be: A Catholic Transsexual Speaks, served on the strategy group that formed Equally Blessed

“Sister Monica” (a pseudonym) has been a Catholic sister for 53 years and has been ministering among the transgender community since 1999. 

Mateo Williamson is a microbiologist from Arizona who identifies as an openly Catholic, transgender male. This year, he has been working at a shelter for homeless youth in New Jersey.

Highlights of DignityUSA's History

1974
On October 2, Bishops Thomas Gumbleton and Joseph Imesch of the Detroit Archdiocese send Brian McNaught a letter which says in part that the Catholic Church has "a serious obligation to root out structures and attitudes that discriminate against the homosexual as a person. We will exert our leadership in behalf of this effort. We hope for your continued cooperation with us in trying to achieve this goal." In the December issue of the newsletter, Paul Diederich sums up Dignity’s 1974 accomplishments as follows:
"… we have grown from nine chapters to over thirty, our membership has tripled and then some, we’ve reached the consciousness of our Church on a number of occasions, in New York and Detroit especially. Dignity has achieved affiliation with the Salvatorian Gay Ministry Task Force, and with Acceptance, Australia’s organization for Gay Catholics. Our communications with other Gay groups, religious and secular, has been vastly enhanced. It has been a good year."