Truth & Love to mark St. John Paul II’s centenary with conference on sexuality

TRUMBULL, Conn. — "Be not afraid: Affirming the truth about sex and identity" is the theme of a conference centered on caring for people who experience same-sex attractions (SSA) and gender dysphoria.

The upcoming Truth & Love conference, an initiative of Courage International, will take place within the Diocese of Arlington at the Washington-Dulles International Airport Holiday Inn in Sterling, VA, from April 27-29, 2020.

This conference is aimed at clergy, religious, and professionals who are seeking comprehensive formation on the topics of homosexuality and gender identity. It is especially geared towards those working in pastoral care, education, medicine, and the mental health profession.

The 2020 event will also mark the 100th birthday of Pope Saint John Paul II by establishing him as the official patron of the Truth & Love initiative. John Paul II (born Karol Józef Wojtyła on May 18, 1920) served as the Roman Pontiff from 1978-2005, and is known for his extensive writings on sexual morality, particularly Theology of the Body and Love and Responsibility.

April's gathering will include several witness testimonies from men and women who experience SSA, as well as presentations from experts in the fields of pastoral care, psychology, theology, and medicine.

Courage member and public speaker, Avera Maria Santo, will provide one of several testimonials about being committed to chastity with the experience of SSA.

Featured presenters also include George Mason University law professor, Helen Alvaré; licensed therapist, Suzanne Baars director of In His Image Counseling Center; and Trent Horn, author of Made This Way: How to Prepare Kids to Face Today’s Tough Moral Issues.

This will be the fifth Truth & Love conference to-date. Prior conferences have been held in Detroit, Mich., Phoenix, Ariz., Bloomfield, Conn., and Rome, Italy.

Additional information and updates will be available at the event page.

Truth & Love is an initiative which aims to provide sound formation to those who, in a pastoral or professional capacity, work with people who experience same-sex attractions and gender dysphoria. It is part of Courage International, Inc., an apostolate of the Catholic Church which offers support to persons who experience SSA and those who love them.



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