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Open Arms Ministry

Open Arms is a group of family members, allies, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. 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 7:30 PM in the Shehan Pastoral Center Conference Room.

This is a recent addition (2021) to our ministry roster.  Working with the Archdiocese of Baltimore and the parish clergy, we have been able to begin this important work to provide pastoral support to families and members of the LGBTQ+ community.



How can I get involved?

Contact information: 
Diane Gibbons Lesko:

443 956-5120

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

  • Local Behavioral Health Authority

Howard County Health Department

8930 Stanford Road

Columbia, MD 21046

Director: Roe Rodgers-Bonaccorsy


  • Grassroots 24/7 Crisis Assistance



  • NAMI Howard County

(National Alliance for the Mentally Ill)

Phone: (410) 772-9300


  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1–800–273–TALK (1-800-273-8255)

or text “MHFA” to 741741 to talk to a Crisis Text Line Counselor 24/7

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

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