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Highlights of DignityUSA's History: 1990

The following history is based on the commemorative booklet entitled DignityUSA at 25: A Chronology, 1969-1994 compiled by former DignityUSA President Pat Roche. Copies are available from the Dignity national office and were also printed in the Dignity Journal 27:2-3 (Autumn 1995). Highlights from 1995-Present compiled by former Dignity Vice President Pat McArron.
  • In February, DignityUSA’s national office in Washington, DC celebrates its tenth anniversary.
  • The April issue of the national newsletter is a special focus issue on "Women in Dignity: Women in the Church."
  • On April 3, President Pat Roche sends an Open Letter to the Bishops of the United States in care of Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk, President, National Conference of Catholic Bishops. The letter calls upon the bishops to enter into dialogue with Dignity leaders on issues such as AIDS Ministry, Civil Rights, Anti-Gay Violence, Sexism, Prejudice and Homophobia.
  • On April 9, Archbishop Pilarczyk responds that he has "many reservations" about meeting with Dignity leaders due to "fundamental differences between the Bishops of the United States and Dignity." He, nonetheless, says "I am open to the possibility of such a meeting but only after you (Roche) meet with the General Secretary of the NCCB, Robert Lynch."
  • In May, Dignity/Canada/Dignité holds its Third Biennial Conference in Ottawa.
  • In June, Pat Roche meets in Santa Clara (site of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops summer meeting) with Msgr. Robert Lynch to discuss a framework for possible talks with Archbishop Pilarczyk and ongoing dialogue with the NCCB on gay/lesbian issues.
  • The July/August issue of the national newsletter is a special focus issue on Dignity’s AIDS Ministry efforts.
  • From August 10-12, the national Board meets in Washington, DC. Highlights:

    • A formal response is formulated raising concerns with the NCCB’s second draft of "One in Christ Jesus: A Pastoral Response to the Concerns of Women for Church and Society."
    • A new Chapter-in-Formation Manual is finalized and published to give newly forming chapters a practical, step by step, how-to guide.
  • In November the United States Catholic Conference releases a 185-page document called Human Sexuality: A Catholic Perspective for Education and Lifelong Learning. The document includes a section titled: "Persons With a Homosexual Orientation."