These Catholic institutions seek to welcome and integrate LGBT students into the learning community.

List of over 200 inclusive Catholic communities in the U.S., Canada, and England.  Find one in your area!

Welcome to New Ways Ministry,

Celebrating 35 Years of Ministry in the LGBT Catholic Community!

Links to Catholic LGBT organizations, Catholic reform organizations, national interfaith LGBT organizations, and resources for young adults.

Articles, press releases, and links to online resources for LGBT and questioning Catholic youth experiencing anti-gay bullying.

Order CDs & DVDs of 7th National Symposium

March 15-17, 2012
Baltimore, Maryland

Catholics Support Gay Rights

The Public Religion Research Institute's report, Catholic Attitudes on Gay and Lesbian Issues: A Comprehensive Portrait from Recent Research, found that the majority of the sixty-four million Catholics in the United States support a number of public policies that extend rights to gay men, lesbians, and their families.

Combined Federal Campaign

If you are a federal employee, you can donate to New Ways Ministry through the Combined Federal Campaign (our CFC number is 11699). Learn more about the CFC

Marriage Equality: A Positive Catholic Approach, by Executive Director Francis DeBernardo, is now in its second printing. You can download the book free online or order hard copies!

Learn more

From Water to Wine:
Lesbian/Gay Catholics and Relationships

New Ways Ministry - 4012 29th Street - Mount Rainier, Maryland 20712 - Telephone: (301) 277-5674
Contributions to New Ways Ministry are tax-deductible under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. CFC Number: 11699

New Ways Ministry - 4012 29th Street - Mount Rainier, Maryland 20712 - Telephone: (301) 277-5674
Contributions to New Ways Ministry are tax-deductible under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. CFC Number: 11699

a gay-positive ministry of advocacy and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Catholics, and reconciliation within the larger Christian and civil communities.

Through research, publication and education about homosexuality, we foster dialogue among groups and individuals, identify and combat personal and structural homophobia, work for changes in attitudes and promote the acceptance of LGBT people as full and equal members of church and society.

New Ways Ministry is a member of Equally Blessed, a coalition of faithful Catholics who support full equality for LGBT people both in the Church and in civil society.

Marriage Equality Book Now Available!

Remembering Fr. Robert Nugent

New Ways Ministry mourns the loss
of co-founder on January 1, 2014


Father Charles Robert Nugent, who always went by his middle name, was born on July 31, 1937, in Norristown, Pennsylvania. He was one of two children born to Charles and Mary (Robinson) Nugent. He attended his hometown parish's schools - St. Patrick's Grade School and High School, graduating in 1955. Two years later, always having felt called to the priesthood, he enrolled at St. Charles Seminary in Philadelphia, where he graduated from college in 1961, and from its theology school in 1965. He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on May 22, 1965. He ministered as Associate Pastor in parishes in the Archdiocese until 1971: St. John Bosco in Hatboro, Stella Maris and Most Precious Blood in Philadelphia, and Immaculate Conception in Levittown. He was one of the diocesan priest founders of the
LaSalle Catechetical Center at the University of Villanova, where he earned a Master's degree in Library Science in 1974. In 1971, he met Sister Jeannine Gramick, who was doing pastoral work with lesbian and gay Catholics, and he joined her in that part-time ministry.

Sensing a new call, that of being a member of a religious community,
Fr. Bob became a Candidate for the Salvatorians in 1975. The following year, he entered the Society's Novitiate in New Carrollton, Maryland, where he made his profession of vows on June 16, 1977. He ministered as chaplain at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in Baltimore, and he worked on the staff of the Quixote Center, a peace and justice organization. Together with Sr. Jeannine Gramick, they began to work on a center solely dedicated to working with gay and lesbian Catholics, and it became known as New Ways Ministry.

Such work was never without controversy, however, both from within the Church and outside it. For Fr. Bob, the most negative part of his work came from being misunderstood, misquoted by the media, having his motives questioned and his loyalty doubted by people he respected. But, he notes, the positive experiences far outweighed the painful ones. In a 1999 article for "The Salvatorian" newsletter, he said, "I feel that I have had some role in shaping attitudes and ministries for gay and lesbian people both here in the USA and even beyond. In the process I have also had the chance to meet and work with wonderful, dedicated and courageous people in many countries. I find the work exciting and contact with groups and individuals, bishops and theologians, activists, contemplatives, Catholic parents and pastoral ministers, campus personnel, religious provincials and heads of national Catholic organizations has given me a chance to view the Church in a global perspective, and this has been well worth the risks taken."

In 2000, Fr. Bob was directed by Church authorities both in the United States and
the Vatican to leave his ministry at New Ways Ministry. After that, he assisted in
parish ministry at St. John the Baptist Church in New Freedom, Pennsylvania,
until his retirement in summer of 2013.

A dedicated student and writer, following two years of intermittent studies at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut, Fr. Bob received a Master's Degree in Sacred Theology in 1983. He spent time at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium in 1993-1994, a sabbatical in England in 1997-1998, and two months at the Tantur Ecumenical Center in Bethlehem, Israel, in 2005. Over the years, he wrote numerous books, booklets and articles that appeared in Catholic newspapers and magazines, including Ministry & Liturgy, U.S. Catholic, The Priest, Our Sunday Visitor, The Catholic Witness, Today's Parish, Ligourian, St. Anthony MessengerThe Catholic World, America, and the National Catholic Reporter, as well as other diocesan and secular newspapers. One of his final works, one he considered a real labor of love, was about the friendship of two writers, one of whom was his favorite contemplative monk, the other a Salvatorian Sister: Thomas Merton and Thérèse Lentfoehr - The Story of a Friendship.

Upon retirement, he lived for a short time with Salvatorians in Florida, but after being diagnosed with a rapidly advancing lung cancer, he moved to Alexian Village in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he died in the Health Center on the first day of the new year, January 1, 2014.

An LGBT-friendly pilgrimage to Rome, Assisi, and Florence with Sr. Jeannine Gramick, SL

"Rebuild My Church: Pope Francis & St. Francis"

February 12-21, 2015

Upcoming Events

A weekend workshop for gay priests & brothers; congregational leaders; diocesan clergy personnel; formation & vocation personnel

"The Gathering & Draining of Desire"

Facilitated by Richard Rohr, OFM

March 27-29, 2015 -- Norbertine Hermitage Retreat & Library in Albuquerque, NM