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Greetings from Dr. Pax Nidorf, Founder of DignityUSA

When I started Dignity [in 1969], in the eyes of the world it was probably a very small thing. However, in the microcosm of my own life, it was a monumental gamble. The fact is that we are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.


I think that is what Dignity is all about. Teaching people to dare to be themselves, to risk being open to love, to dare to open their hearts and let the world peek in.

…Let us hold hands to share our strength, love and faith with one another. Let us challenge anyone who would question our validity.

(on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Dignity/San Diego)


Pax Nidorf was born in the spring of 1932. He spent the first 20 years of his life studying art and other educational pursuits. The second 20 years were spent in intensive training in the Augustinian monastic order, and was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1962. During these years, he continued his art work and started Dignity, a ministry to gay & lesbian Catholics.

Pax retired from the priesthood in the 1973, was married, and began his private practice as a psychotherapist. Throughout his life, Pax has always had many ongoing creative projects. He has been a productive artist as an adult and has had many one-man shows throughout the West. He has a large following in Southern California with a waiting list for his commissioned works.

Pax Nidorf is an accomplished painter, illustrator, potter, and craftsman. Added to these gifts, he has also written several in-depth books on various topics. His intense psychic and spiritual insights are revealed in their pages. His website is http://www.frodinart.com/

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