Ministry to Transgender Persons: A Pastoral Response

Event date: Dates listed below

                                                                Ministry to Transgender Persons

                                                                           A Pastoral Response


Please join us for 3 zoom sessions helping deacons, and women and men religious to receive God’s transgender people with welcome and respect.  We are currently on the fifth of six sessions for priests.

Hosted by: JR Zerkowski,,Executive Director of Fortunate Families and the LGBT Ministry for the Diocese of Lexington, KY


First session:  Sister Luisa Derouen, O.P.

A Dominican Sister of Peace who has been ministering as a spiritual companion among    the transgender community nationally for 22 years

Second session:  Scotty Pignatella

Principal Systems Engineer with Raytheon Technologies.  He began medical transition to male in the early 1990’s.  Scotty has been  an               advocate, presenter and mentor to others on trans/LGB issues for many years.

Third session:  Deacon Ray Dever

Permanent deacon for the Diocese of St. Petersburg, FL.  He and his wife are the parents of a transgender daughter.  His personal and pastoral experiences have led him to an active national ministry of writing and speaking to LGBTQ individuals and their families.

Time:  1:00-2:30 pm Eastern


For transitional and permanent deacons:

            Friday March 12

            Friday April 9

            Friday May 7

For women and men religious:

            Friday March 26

            Friday April 23

            Friday May21

To receive the zoom invitation please contact JR Zerkowski at  If you have questions he can be reached at this email address or 859-327-1047. 




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