MEDIA ADVISORY: LGBT Catholic Families Kick Off World Meeting of Families Pilgrimage

Written By Call To Action


September 15, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                CONTACT: Ryan Hoffmann
Thursday, September 10                                     773.531.9203 |

Press Conference will introduce the Equally Blessed Pilgrims to media, participants in the World Meeting of Families, and Catholics worldwide

The Equally Blessed coalition of pro-lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Catholics will hold a press conference to introduce the diverse members of the LGBTQ family pilgrimage to the 2015 World Meeting of Families. The pilgrims will join thousands of other Catholics from all over the world to dialogue about and celebrate the sacredness of Catholic family life today.

WHO: Equally Blessed LGBTQ Pilgrim Families, Regional Pro-LGBTQ Catholic Leadership, Organizational Representatives from Call To Action, Dignity USA, New Ways Ministry, & Fortunate Families

            WHERE:                    Arch Street United Methodist Church
                                                55 North Broad Street
                                                Philadelphia, PA 19107-2531

            WHAT:                     Introduce Catholic LGBTQ pilgrim families

            WHEN:                     Tuesday, September 22; 10:00-11:00 am

The Equally Blessed partners, comprised of Call To Action, DignityUSA, Fortunate Families, and New Ways Ministry, are among more than 30 organizations that sent a letter to Pope Francis at the end of June asking him to meet with LGBT families during the World Meeting of Families. As of this release we have not received a response from the Vatican.

In August Equally Blessed was evicted and excluded from holding events at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Philadelphia at the behest of the Archdiocese.

More information about the Equally Blessed World Meeting of Families Pilgrimage can be found at


Equally Blessed is a coalition of Catholic organizations committed to equality for LGBT Catholics and their families in the Church and the larger society. It includes Call To Action, DignityUSA, Fortunate Families and New Ways Ministry, which collectively represent over 130 years of ministry with and advocacy on behalf of LGBT Catholics and families.

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