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Father Robert Nugent

Catholic Gay Group to Honor Nun, Priest Silenced by the Vatican

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Marianne Duddy, Executive Director

Washington, DC, May 16, 2001 — Leaders of DignityUSA, the nation's leading group of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Catholics and their supporters, announced today that they will present Lifetime Achievement Awards to Sister Jeannine Gramick and Father Robert Nugent during the group's Fifteenth Biennial Convention this summer in Chicago.

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Gay Catholics Decry Vatican Silencing of Priest and Nun Who Pioneered Gay Ministry

May 29, 2000 — During meetings in Rome last week, Sister Jeannine Gramick, a School Sister of Notre Dame, and Rev. Robert Nugent, a Salvatorian priest, were ordered to stop speaking publicly about homosexuality, or about the investigation into their nearly thirty-year ministry. In July of 1999, the Vatican had ordered the two to refrain from any kind of pastoral ministry with gay and lesbian people or their families.

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Gay Catholics Dismayed and Angry at Vatican Authorities

Washington, DC - July 13, 1999 - DignityUSA is dismayed and angry at the decision of Vatican authorities to "permanently prohibit from any pastoral work involving homosexual persons" Sister Jeanine Gramick and Father Robert Nugent co-founders of New Ways Ministry.

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