Courage is a support organization for persons with same-sex attractions who wish to live the virtue of chastity.  It was initiated in the 1980’s by the late Father John Harvey, OSFS, and has chapters in many countries around the world.  In 2011 it opened a chapter in Colorado Springs, with Father Mark Zacker and Deacon Matthew Brend as chaplains.

Courage espouses five goals: chastity, prayer, group support, chaste friendships, and healthy role modeling.  It runs its meetings on the model of a 12-step group.  It does not engage in reparative therapy or political activism.  It assumes a distinction between same-sex attractions and same-sex activities.  It acknowledges that, although the former may not be a matter of choice, the latter are.  It seeks always to support the choice for a chaste self-restraint and a healthy self-giving.  

Catholic spirituality begins with a sense of self-acceptance based on the love of God. That self-acceptance serves in turn as a basis and motive for self-improvement.  Courage is about both.  For more information, visit www.couragerc.net.  To contact the local chapter, write courage@diocs.org, or call (719) 481-3511.  “I can do all things in Him who gives me strength” (Phil 4:13).


Worldwide Marriage Encounter offers a weekend experience designed to give married couples the opportunity to learn a technique of loving communication that they can use for the rest of their lives. It's a chance to look deeply into their relationship with each other and with God. It's a time to share their feelings, hopes and dreams with each other. The emphasis of the Marriage Encounter weekend is on the communication between husbands and wives. The weekend provides a conducive environment for couples to spend time together, away from the distractions and tensions of everyday life, while encouraging them to focus on each other and their relationship. It's not a retreat, marriage clinic, group sensitivity, or a substitute for counseling. It's a unique approach aimed at revitalizing Marriage. This is a time for you and your spouse to be alone together, to rediscover each other and together focus on your relationship for an entire weekend. Every marriage deserves that kind of attention! For more information and to find out the schedule for the next weekend please click on the link below.

Marriage Encounter Weekend Information


A weekend experience for couples who have reached a point of disillusionment and misery in their marriage.  Retrouvaille, which is French for rediscovery, offers couples hope as they rebuild and put the pieces of their broken marriage back together. The Retrouvaille program is Catholic in origin but is open to married couples of all faith expressions. For more information please call Ron & Diana Lovell @ (303) 328-8658 or 1-800-470-2230 or visit the web site below.

Retrouvaille Weekend Information