Kiss of Peace and Topless Women – How They Outreach to the LGBT Community in the Archdiocese of NY

2017-09-09T05:56:31+00:00June 27th, 2017|Blog, The Church|

The Church of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Francis of Assisi LGBT Ministry hosted a “weekend of inclusion and prayer” culminating with the “United in Love” Mass on June 24, 2017. An advertisement for the event was posted on the Parish Facebook page with the pro-gay marriage hashtag #lovewins. The following day was the official Gay Pride Parade in New York City. According to an announcement from St. Francis of Assisi LGBT Ministry:

Identifying as LGBT and Catholic can sometimes be a challenge, however, we affirm you….We’re here for you in returning to celebrate life, love, and God. At St. Francis of Assisi our unconditionally loving LGBT Ministry reassures you that we’re not the church that made you leave.

The LGBT Ministry at St. Francis has a problematic history including:

The Parish is staffed by the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province; their Provincial Office is located in New York City. The Friars also operate gay-affirmative ministries at St. Patrick – St. Anthony Church in Hartford, Connecticut, at the St. Anthony Shrine in Boston, and at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Raleigh. Recently, The LGBT Book Club at St. Patrick – St. Anthony Church promoted a book about “Discovering the Queer Christ.”

After the Mass at St. Francis, the Parish hosted a BBQ celebration complete with a rainbow frosted cake, rainbow-colored tablecloths, and rainbow flags. On the Parish’s web-site are posted numerous pictures from the event.

In attendance were: the Pastor – Andrew Reitz, O.F.M., Parochial Vicar – Michael Carnevale, O.F.M., the contact person for the Parish’s LGBT Ministry – Meredith Dean Augsutin, the Parish’s Director of Evangelization – Joseph Nuzzi, and Michael Delany – the Pastor and the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation in New York City which has a long history of gay-marriage advocacy.

Meredith Dean Augustin, who is also a frequent musical performer at the LA Religious Education Congress, posted a live-feed from the New York City “Pride” Parade on her Facebook page; her footage included video of several topless women who were in the Parade.

James Martin, S.J., who recently said to those with same-sex attraction – God made you this way, will speak at the Parish on July, 13, 2017.

Other high-profile pro-gay Catholic events that took place during the “Pride” month of June (2017), included a fundraiser for Lady Gaga’s LGBT-affirmative “Born this Way” foundation at The Church of the Blessed Sacrament and a “Pride” Mass at the site of the Stonewall Riots hosted by St. Paul the Apostle Church.

Contact: Cardinal Timothy Dolan
Phone: 212-371-1000

Contact: Monsignor Edward Weber
Phone: 212-371-1011 Ext. 2931



  1. Barry June 27, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Lord, are we in trouble.

  2. Mary Ellen Grayberg June 27, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    Some of what I see here to me is a disgrace it’s not Catholic it’s not what we believe and and I have no idea what the Pope is trying to do.

  3. Fran Macadam June 27, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Eros isn’t agape or even philia. Not surprised at the deceptions though, which seem to pervade every area of society, not just one cul de sac.

  4. Chardin June 27, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    ….BTW…you can always tell the dicey parishes by the drum set…

  5. Kathy June 28, 2017 at 12:59 am

    Dear Lord what is happening? Why are they not excommunicated? Why aren’t these priests stopped? Truly a diabolical disgrace. This is not Catholicism of any sort. Please everyone, pray!!

Comments are closed.