In keeping with the mission of the University of Saint Francis, Franciscans Recognizing Everyone’s Natural Dignity (FREND) works to create a culture of compassion to aid USF community members in addressing issues of identity including sexual orientation and gender.
To foster awareness, promote education, provide a respectful forum for discussion and nurture a support system where we respect the unique dignity of each person.
March 25, 2013: Movie night from 9-11 p.m. We gathered in Gunderson Auditorium (Achatz) to watch “The Laramie Project” and have a discussion after the movie. This event was sponsored by the Social Work Club and FREND. “The Laramie Project” is the true story of Matthew Shephard and a theater company that visited his hometown of Laramie, Wyo., after his tragic death. The theater company’s goal was to tell Matthew’s story so that it would never happen again. The trailer is available on YouTube.
February 21, 2012: Mardi Gras themed event featuring the movie, “Kinky Boots,” at 4:30 p.m. in Doermer 156B. We served snacks, drinks and a King Cake! “Kinky Boots” is a film that provides a great message about recognizing everyone’s natural dignity and is based on a true story!
April 19, 2011: Brown Bag Dinner in the Trinity Social Room at 5:00 p.m. Everyone brought dinner over from the cafeteria and listened to a student share her story!
The following resources provide insight on homosexuality, based on the Catholic Church’s teachings:
- FREND Fact Sheet
- USCCB, “Ministry to Persons with a Homosexual Inclination”(2006)
- USCCB Committee on Marriage and Family, “Always Our Children: A Pastoral Message to Parents of Homosexual Children and Suggestions for Pastoral Ministers” (1997)
- Catechism of the Catholic Church, “Chastity and homosexuality,” nos. 2357-2359
- Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons. . . (1986)
You may have noticed FRENDly signs outside different offices around campus. These designate faculty and staff who have offered a listening ear to those who want to talk about anything, but especially issues of sexuality or gender. These offices are a safe place. These faculty and staff are not counselors but are available if you’d like a listening ear and can help you find a counselor if you wish. As a valued member of the University of Saint Francis community, we want you to know that there are people available to talk about such issues in a safe, one-on-one environment.
A current list of FRENDly faculty and staff is available. Check back often – the list is always growing!