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St. Monica Gay and Lesbian Outreach Ministry (GLO) is a fellowship where LGBTQ+ persons of faith are welcomed to explore their spirituality and share their experience, strength, and hope with one another. GLO was established in 1992 to provide a welcoming place for members of the LGBTQ+ Community at St. Monica. For over 25 years, the Ministry has provided outreach, acceptance, encouragement and fellowship to LGBTQ+ Catholics and their families.
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Fr. David Guffey and the Film Club look forward to discussing Amadeus with you at our season-closing event! If you haven’t seen the film—or want to relive the experience, you can stream it on multiple platforms, including Amazon Prime, You Tube, Google Play, Apple TV, iTunes and Vudu.
Amadeus, Mozart’s reported middle name, means “loved by God.” Yet in the eyes of some, Mozart was not exactly a reflection of his creator (other than his musical genius, of course). He was hedonistic, unpleasant, arrogant, rowdy—kind of an 18th century punk rock star. His God-given talent, however, was no less than divine.
Enter Antonio Salieri, another musician in the court of Viennese Emperor Joseph II. Salieri is pious, a devoted disciple of God. He is, however, consumed with jealousy: Why did God grant the “unworthy” Mozart such talent? Salieri’s moral conflict becomes central to the movie. His resentment evolves into seething rage focused on Mozart’s downfall. The consequences are dire for both men.
The 1984 film, Amadeus, follows Salieri and Mozart against the magnificent backdrop of 18th century Vienna. Central to the film is another character—one you can’t see but hear—the music created by the men. It’s part of the narrative.
The film is based on a Tony-winning play of the same name. The characters are certainly real, but the story is largely fictionalized. How much fiction? How much fact? Here’s an article that may help you sort that out. And believe it or not…Amadeus may not be Mozart’s middle name but a nickname. Read this for the scoop.
Amadeus swept the Oscars winning eight at the 57th Academy Awards. These were: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor and, not surprisingly, awards for art direction/set decoration, costumes, makeup and hairstyling, and sound. Both lead actors were nominated: F. Murray Abraham who played Salieri (the winner) and Tom Hulce who portrayed Mozart.
Between the years of 1980 and 1996, over 300,000 individuals in the U.S. died of AIDS. People were terrified. Within the Catholic Church, however; and in spite of the fear, a contingent of loving individuals risked it all by ministering to, and caring for, thousands of those who were sick. In his book. Hidden Mercy: AIDS, Catholics, and the Untold Stories of Compassion in the Face of Fear, author Michael J. O’Loughlin weaves a compelling story of the love and sacrifice of Priests, Nuns, and other Catholic individuals, who were determined to show the love of Christ to those most in need.
GLO was blessed to host a Book Talk with the author, Mike O’Loughlin, on Sunday, March 27. The talk was co-hosted by the Archdiocesan Catholic Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Persons (CMLGP), and the St. Monica Peace and Justice Ministries. Former GLO Team Leader, Bill Chapman, interviewed Mike with some in-depth questions regarding those of whom he wrote about, the things he learned, and some of the most impactful moments in the book. After the interview, Bill moderated a Question and Answer Session from both the in-person and Zoom audiences, which generated a lively response. Attendance was exceptional, with guests from many of the neighboring LGBTQ+ Ministries in the Archdiocese joining us in person, as well as another 10 joining us on Zoom from throughout the state.
GLO would like to extend our immense gratitude to Michael O’Loughlin, for his presence, his openness, and his incredible book! We would also like to thank the CMLGP, and the Peace and Justice Ministries of St. Monica, for their financial support, as well as all of those who joined us, both in-person and online!
Is one of your New Year's resolutions to be more involved? We are looking for people to join our GLO Core Team. We can have a conversation about where your interest are and discover where you can help not only keep our Ministry alive, but help it thrive! Contact for more information on how to get involved!
When we are together, we are able to hear your feedback first-hand. Even though we are not together physically, we still want to hear from you! Please take a moment to answer a few short questions from GLO. We will use the learnings to help plan future events.
Like to read and discuss your thoughts with others? GLO has an active and dynamic Book Club just for you! The Book Club meets once a month via Zoom. If you would like to gather with us, contact Veronica at .
Meet and Greet Committee:
Plans socials, informal activities and seasonal parties both on and offsite for the ministry.
Prayer and Retreats Committee:
Plans a variety of spiritual activities including retreats and evening prayer