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Open Arms Ministry

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Pope Francis:

Archbishop Lori:


How can I get involved?

Diane Gibbons Lesko:

443 956-5120

Open Arms is a group of family members, allies, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. Working with the Archdiocese of Baltimore and the parish clergy, we seek to be a safe space where people can, if they choose, honestly and safely share their stories while confirming and respecting the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

Meetings are at Church of the Resurrection and are usually the 4th Thursday of the month at 7:00pm in the Shehan Pastoral Center Conference Room.

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LGBTQ+ Welcoming Parishes

Members of Open Arms gathered to write notes of encouragement to those who needed to take advantage of the Grassroots Cold Weather Shelter

Crisis Resources

Other Resources

  • NAMI Howard County

    • National Alliance for the Mentally Ill


    • Fr. James Martin's website with news, essays helpful resources like videos, books and links to welcoming organizations.​

  • PFLAG Howard County

    • promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, as well as their families and friends.

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