After fourteen years at Courage International and its companion apostolate EnCourage, including nine years as its Executive Director, Fr. Paul Check has announced that he will be leaving that position to accept another assignment. Bishop Frank Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport, has appointed Fr. Check to the post of rector at the diocesan seminary, St. John Fisher, effective at the end of the year.
Courage is the Catholic apostolate which offers support for men and women who experience same-sex attraction but who want to remain chaste. EnCourage is a ministry within Courage dedicated to the spiritual needs of parents, siblings, children, and other relatives and friends of persons who have same-sex attractions.
Last year, I had the opportunity to interview Father Check for the National Catholic Register, as he planned for the apostolate’s first international conference in Plymouth, Michigan, and again during the conference. “The distinguishing characteristics of human intimacy — love and life — are not just protections from harm,” he told me, “but they mark out the path to fulfillment. This is the way the human heart is designed by God.”
On October 2, 2015, Courage sponsored a one-day symposium, “Living the Truth in Love,” at the Angelicum in Rome. Father Check hoped that the symposium would attract many of the Synod Fathers, gathering in Rome for the Synod on the Family.
May God richly bless Fr. Paul Check as he prepares to accept his new assignment; and may He continue to bless the courageous men and women who, while experiencing attractions to a homosexual lifestyle which is contrary to God’s plan, strive with the help of Courage International to continue in faith, trusting in God’s perfect will for their lives.
Here in its entirety is the letter from Fr. Paul Check, announcing his new assignment and looking back at his fourteen years with Courage.
And here, Courage’s chairman of the board Fr. Paul Scalia expresses his thanks to Fr. Paul Check for his work over the past fourteen years, and pledges a smooth transition, as the apostolate moves forward under new leadership.