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Michael J. O’Loughlin To Head Outreach

By Charlotte Robinson, February 06, 2024

The LGBTQ Catholic ministry Outreach has announced that Michael J. O’Loughlin has been appointed the organization’s first executive director. James Martin, S.J., who began Outreach will continue to guide the organization in his new role as founder. Father Martin stated, "Everyone at Outreach is overjoyed. With his years of journalistic experience, his theological background, two books to his credit & his deep knowledge of the LGBTQ community, I can think of absolutely no one better suited for this job. This is the perfect job for Mike & Mike is the perfect person for this job." O’Loughlin will help grow the organization which publishes a news & analysis website & hosts an annual conference for those engaged in LGBTQ ministry. O’Loughlin added, “I have seen firsthand the vibrant faith active in the LGBTQ Catholic community, which provides essential energy in our parishes, schools & nonprofits. I’m looking forward to highlighting these stories & fostering community at Outreach, so that all LGBT Catholics & their families, know that they are both welcome & needed in the church today.” Sam Sawyer, S.J., editor in chief of America Media concluded, “In the two years that Outreach has existed, we’ve already seen a significant outpouring of support & a deep unmet need for its ministry of encounter & welcome to the Catholic LGBTQ community. Mike’s deep involvement with & concern for the life of the church has always been evident in his writing for America & we are excited to see how he will help more people, parishes & organizations across the church connect with the resources & opportunities for dialogue that Outreach offers.” I talked with Father Martin a few years ago on OUTTAKE VOICES™ in this exclusive podcast. LISTEN  

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