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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.

Gearing up for Convention 2015

Dignity/Boston members are gearing up for the Convention in Seattle this July. Sunday, March 15, after liturgy, members enjoyed a supper of pizza and dessert, while some shared memories of past conventions. Previous attendees discussed touring sites before and after conventions, workshops attended, and, as one member put it, seeing extended family members we didn't know we had.

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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

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The document Always Our Children: A Pastoral Message to the Parents of Homosexual Children and Suggestions for Pastoral Ministers is released by the US National Catholic Conference of Bishops on October 1.