Gay & Lesbian Family Ministry

The LGBT Family Ministry aims to support all persons and their families in their quest for wholeness and holiness.

The Body of Christ in the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland is called to reverence each person as a unique reflection of God's presence in our midst. We commit ourselves to become a community of care, support, formation, reconciliation and witness to justice with and among gay and lesbian persons, their parents, family members, and all who minister in and with this community.

Lgbt family ministry


For more information, please contact the Secretariat for Parish Life and Development at (216) 696-6525 or (800) 869-6525 ext. 3500, and/or visit our website: Gay and Lesbian Family Ministry




Outreach Groups

Parish outreach groups exist to provide a place of support, affirmation and spiritual guidance to gay and lesbian Catholics.

Gesu Parish, University Heights
Contact: Fr. Michael Vincent, SJ, (216) 932-0617

Blessed Trinity Parish, Cleveland
Contact: Fr. Doug Koesel, (216) 671-5890

Support Group for Parents

St. John Vianney Parish, Mentor 
Contact: Fr. Tom Johns, (440) 943-3445

St. Joseph Parish, Avon Lake
Contact the parish office, (440) 933-3152

If a sufficient number of people express interest, the ministry is willing to support the formation of additional groups in other areas of the diocese. Please contact Sister Rita Mary Harwood (216-696-6525 x2200) for more information.