In keeping with the mission of the University of Saint Francis, FREND (Franciscans Recognizing Everyone’s Natural Dignity) 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 9:00–11:00 PM. We gathered in Gunderson Auditorium (Achatz) to watch The Laramie Project and have a discussion after the movie. This event is being sponsored by the Social Work Club and FREND. This is the true story of Matthew Shephard and a theater company that visited his hometown of Laramie, Wyoming after his tragic death. Their goal was to tell Matthew’s story so that it would never happen again. Spread the word… Come and bring your friends… prepare to be changed. Watch the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awTx8iBm4u8
February 21, 2012: Mardi Gras themed event with movie movie Kinky Boots at 4:30 PM in Doermer 156B. We also had some 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!
November 20, 2011: Films, FRENDS, and other "f" words. Here's the poster. Movie shown was Kinky Boots.
April 19, 2011: Brown Bag Dinner. Trinity Social Room at 5:00. Bring you dinner over from the cafeteria and here a student share her story! Facebook
Here are some resources as to the Catholic Church's teachings on homosexuality:
- 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 a listening ear and if counseling is wanted, then they can help point someone in that direction. But we want members of the USF community to know that there are people available to talk about such issues in a safe, one-on-one environment. Download our current list which is ever growing!