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Philadelphia, Pa., Jul 22, 2018 / 05:00 am (CNA).- The Catholic group Courage International hosted its 30th annual Courage and EnCourage conference last week, which aimed to offer men and women with same-sex attraction inspiration from the organization’s founder, the late Father John Harvey.
“This year we had the opportunity to remember the legacy of Father Harvey who is our founding director,” said Ann Schneible, communications director for Courage International.
Members - Position - CNA
“This is really important, especially for our new members who joined since he stepped down from the position in 2008,” she told CNA.
More than 300 people attended the conference, which was hosted on July 12-15 at Villanova University in Philadelphia, Pa., where Harvey was born. The event also recognized what would have been the priest’s 100th birthday on April 14. He died in 2010.
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Among the conference speakers were Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia and Johnnette Benkovic, host of the EWTN series Women of Grace. Schneible said many of the speakers personally knew Harvey, giving witness to the priest’s gentleness, patience, and humor.
The conference also featured a panel of Courage and EnCourage members and chaplains, who shared their personal experiences of Harvey.
Schneible - Event - Theme - Faithful - Mission
Schneible said the event’s theme, “faithful to the mission,” was inspired by a quote from Father Harvey.
“He said he wanted to be remembered as having been ‘faithful to a mission.’ He wasn’t just serving people out of obedience; he really had a heart for this ministry, especially for the people….He really ministered to the whole human person – heart, mind, and soul.”
Harvey - Novitiate - Oblates - St - Francis
Born in 1918, Harvey joined the novitiate of the Oblates of St Francis de Sales 18...
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