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10th Anniversary - 1998 - Art Gallery Party

  • In October 1986, the Vatican issued the letter Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons.

  • Dignity USA Board of Directors and House of Delegates voted to change its Statement of Position and Purpose creating tension between Dignity and the Catholic Church. This occurred at Dignity July 1987 National Convention in Bal Harbor, FL.

  • Cardinal Bernardin, Archbishop of Chicago, notified Dignity Chicago that it would no longer be able to use St. Sebastian's as the location for its Sunday liturgy. This decision is based on the position that the Archdiocese "does not endorse organizations 'which assume a position of advocacy against Church teaching.'"

  • Dignity Chicago requested a meeting with Cardinal Bernardin in November of 1987 to discuss the immediate and long range future of Dignity Chicago. A series of seven meetings was held between the Archdiocese of Chicago and Dignity Chicago. Dignity Chicago presented several scenarios in which Dignity Chicago could continue to have its Sunday Mass at St. Sebastian's. None were acceptable to the Archdiocese. The Archdiocese agreed that the 7 pm Mass would continue and other "outreach" activities would continue to be part of the ministry.

  • On May 15, 1988 in a "Statement of Sponsorship of Sunday Evening Mass as St. Sebastian Parish" Cardinal Bernardin's remarks reaffirmed the Archdiocese's "commitment to minister spiritually to its brothers and sisters who are homosexual. To that end, the Archdiocese should pursue ways in which it can do this more effectively."

  • Dignity Chicago voted to reject the Cardinal's plan as unacceptable. Officers of the Board resigned from Dignity Chicago to assume leadership in working with the Archdiocese to continue the Sunday evening Mass at St. Sebastian's.

  • On June 5, 1988 the Archdiocesan Gay and Lesbian Outreach Chicago (AGLOChicago) celebrated its first Mass at St. Sebastian's with 55 participants.

  • Fire destroyed St. Sebastian's church on April 21, 1989. AGLOChicago celebrated Mass in the school's gymnasium where the parish also held its liturgies. Due to its financial condition and the loss of the church, St. Sebastian's parish was notified that the parish would be closed. AGLOChicago celebrated its last Mass at St. Sebastian's on April 22, 1990.

  • In May, 1989 the Archdiocese issued a Memorandum of Understanding recognizing AGLOChicago as "supra-parochial in nature" directing AGLOChicago to "extend . . . the Church's and specifically the Archdiocese's pastoral outreach to gay and lesbian Catholics throughout the Archdiocese."

  • 10th Anniversary - 1998
  • On April 29, 1990 AGLOChicago celebrated its first Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Approximately 100 participants attended.

  • Joseph Cardinal Bernardin presided at two of AGLOChicago's anniversary Masses: its third in June of 1991 and its fifth in June of 1993.

  • Frances Cardinal George presided at AGLOChicago's tenth anniversary in June 1998.

  • October of 1999 AGLOChicago hosted the National Association of Catholic Diocesan Lesbian and Gay Ministries conference.

  • AGLOSouth chapter formed at St. Emeric's, Country Club Hills, April 2000.

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