Pride month at Holy Trinity parish in Washington D.C.
Non-Catholics are MORE than welcome to comment, so long as they observe our rules. (Pinned at the top.)
The ministry was founded thanks to a commitment by the Jesuit order to make sure that the spiritual needs of all marginalized community are being met, said Ernie Raskauskas, 71, who has been a Holy Trinity parishioner for decades.
He went to Gonzaga College High School, Holy Cross College, Catholic University. Hes got the Catholic bona fides. In Georgetown, he finally found a place to be Catholic and gay after the Jesuits decided that the LGBTQIA communities were very marginalized, that our spiritual needs werent being met, and that they were going to make a special effort on this.
The parishioners are all deeply Catholic and found a place at Holy Trinity and nearly everyone I spoke with said this explicitly where they can be fully themselves.
It may be difficult to be queer in Catholic spaces, said Cerissa Cafasso, 40. But it can also be a challenge to be Catholic in progressive spaces.
Shes a lawyer and bisexual and never gave up on practicing Catholicism but wasnt totally comfortable until she came to Holy Trinity. I can be myself, my full person, with no throat clearing.
My daughters attended Holy Trinity School 4-6 grades, and were asked (separately) by their teachers to explain Hanukah to their classes.
I and some of my family have had less pleasant encounters with more radical individuals associated with that umbrella, glad thats not the consensus
But it is something. Uneven progress in the face of corruption is still progress