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Starting a Dignity Chapter in Your Community

Chapter Formation Manual: Guidelines and Timetable for Chapter Formation and Applying for Full Chapter Status

More than likely you are thinking of starting a Dignity chapter because you feel some need for opportunities to have regular contact with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics and supportive family and friends whose faith is an important part of their lives. Many gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and their families feel that some contact with the Catholic Church is important, but they feel alienated in some way from the local church. Perhaps they need a safe place where they can find accepting and affirming ministry, which they cannot find elsewhere. You could be instrumental in fulfilling their needs as well as your own by beginning a chapter.

You may wonder why you should form a Dignity chapter instead of just any group. Our organization is well known in gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender (glbt) and Catholic Church communities and can provide you with an immediate identity in your locale. In addition, you can receive support for your efforts through contact with the DignityUSA national office and nearby chapters and through attendance at various Dignity meetings. Being a part of a larger family is important for the leaders of smaller, more isolated groups who find refreshment and energy from meeting their sisters and brothers in Dignity.

All members of your chapter would also profit by receiving our excellent quarterly, QV, and having connection with other like-minded people throughout the country. Being members of Dignity can make them feel part of a larger endeavor that can have a greater impact on the Church and on peoples' lives than any other local group can have by itself.

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