A conference offering sound, practical, and pastoral guidance on the topics of homosexuality and sexual identity addressed to clergy, religious, and those lay faithful working in ecclesial ministry, as well as medical and mental health professionals.

“Speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ” (Ephesians 4:15).

Conference Features

Testimonies of persons who experience same-sex attractions regarding how chaste friendships and the Church have helped them on their journey toward chastity and sanctity.
Expert Talks
Talks by experts on Christian anthropology, natural law, the psychology of homosexuality, Scripture, and chastity.
Discussion on how pastors, family, and friends can best love those who experience same-sex attractions or confusion regarding sexual identity.
Practical recommendations and tools for communicating the Church’s teaching on homosexuality and sexual identity to parishes, schools, and students as an integral part of the New Evangelization.

2020 Truth & Love Conference

Holiday Inn Washington-Dulles International Airport
45425 Holiday Dr, Sterling, VA 20166

April 27 ● 2020 ● April 29

“Be not afraid: Affirming the truth about sex and identity” is the theme of the latest Truth & Love conference.

This conference aims to provide comprehensive formation from experts in the fields of pastoral ministry, theology, philosophy, psychology, and health care in caring for people who experience same-sex attractions and/or gender dysphoria. It will also feature testimonials from men and women who themselves experience SSA and who have embraced the Church’s teaching on chastity.

Attendees will include clergy, religious, and professionals who are seeking comprehensive formation on the topics of homosexuality and gender identity. The event is especially geared towards those working in pastoral care, education, medicine, and the mental health professions.

The 2020 gathering will also mark the 100th birthday of Pope Saint John Paul II by establishing him as the official patron of Truth & Love. Known for his extensive writings on sexual morality, particularly Theology of the Body and Love and Responsibility, John Paul II is a fitting patron for this formation initiative.

2018 Truth & Love Conference

St. Thomas Seminary Conference Center
Bloomfield, Connecticut

October 22 ● 2018 ● October 24

The 25th anniversary of Pope Saint John Paul’s prophetic document, Veritatis Splendor, will be at the center of an upcoming formation event for clergy, religious, and professionals who minister to persons who experience same-sex attractions (SSA) and gender dysphoria.

The event, which will focus on the theme “Proclaiming the splendor of truth with love”, will feature presentations from acclaimed theologians, including Dr. Janet Smith, Dr. Mary Healy, and Fr. Paul Sullins. Participants will also hear witness testimonies from two Courage members featured in the documentary Desire of the Everlasting Hills, Paul Darrow and Rilene Simpson.

The conference will take place October 22-24 at St. Thomas Seminary Conference Center, in Bloomfield, Connecticut. This will be Truth & Love’s fourth conference to date.

Clergy, religious, and anyone working in pastoral ministry or the healing professions are invited to attend.

The three-day event offers an opportunity to learn how to care for people living with SSA and questions about sexual identity from experts in the fields of pastoral ministry, theology, philosophy, psychology, and health care.

Registration will open summer 2018. Information on registration, as well as other details about the conference, will be added in the coming weeks. This event is an initiative of Courage International.

In preparation for the Truth & Love Conference, we invite you to watch Desire of the Everlasting Hills and a round table discussion on the film.