25th Anniversary

Posted by Censor Librorum on Sep 27, 2007 | Categories: Lesbian in a Catholic Sort of Way

A special anniversary is coming up.

November 5-7 marks the 25th anniversary of the first Conference for Catholic Lesbians, which was held at Kirkridge in Bangor, PA. Over 100 women attended that historic event. In response to an overwhelming amount of letters, cards and calls, an organization was founded three months later to respond to a deeply felt need for a spiritual community for Catholic lesbians, and visibility within the gay and Roman Catholic cultures.

There are a number of groups and organizations to thank for their support, without which the conference and subsequent organization would never have been possible. New Ways Ministry, Women’s Ordination Conference, WATER and Dignity provided resources, speakers and some funding. They also channeled women to our organization and local groups, many of whom assumed leadership positions over the years.

During this anniversary year I plan to interview a number of the women who spoke or participated in any of the seven conferences sponsored by CCL, especially the first one in 1982.

As a small token of gratitude, we will also fund raise for these groups via this site. Call to Action will be included even though they weren’t around at our beginning. This wonderful organization has taken up the original call to justice and inclusiveness for women and gay and lesbian people in the Church.


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