Collection Info

Conference for Catholic Lesbians

Span Dates: 1983-1996

Volume: online


This virtual archives includes primarily articles published in Images, the group’s newsletter. (Note: The CCL is in the process of donating their organizational records to Marquette University Archives.)

Hist/Bio Note

The idea for a national meeting of Catholic Lesbians was first discussed at a retreat for lesbians sponsored by New Ways Ministry in May 1981. Six months later, K... and C... of New York City drew up a proposal for a national conference for Catholic Lesbians, held in November 1982 at Kirkridge Center in Bangor, Pennyslvania. Over 100 women participated in that historic gathering, coming from throughout the United States, Canada and Argentina. The catalyst for the conference came from the fact that none of the groups participants belonged to–women's, Catholic, or gay–encouraged activities or environments, either social or spiritual, that affirmed our own unique identity. Shortly after the Kirkridge conference the organizers met to form the Conference for Catholic Lesbians. The original goal of the organization was to act as a clearinghouse of information and resources for Catholic Lesbians. Over time, this expanded to the formation of local groups, bi-annual national conferences, a quarterly newsletter, regional events and retreats, and participation in a number of Catholic coalitions.

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Index Terms

CatholicUnited StatesCatholic gays -- United States Lesbians -- Religious life