Conference for Catholic Lesbians

Span Dates: 1983-1996
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A virtual archives of primarily articles published in Images, the group’s newsletter is no longer available online. The CCL has donated a small box of their organizational records to Marquette University Archives and Special Collections; they are not processed at this time.

Hist/Bio Note

The idea for a national meeting of Catholic Lesbians was first discussed at a retreat for lesbians sponsored by New Ways Ministry in May 1981. Six months later, K... and C... of New York City drew up a proposal for a national conference for Catholic Lesbians, held in November 1982 at Kirkridge Center in Bangor, Pennyslvania. Over 100 women participated in that historic gathering, coming from throughout the United States, Canada and Argentina. The catalyst for the conference came from the fact that none of the groups participants belonged to–women's, Catholic, or gay–encouraged activities or environments, either social or spiritual, that affirmed Catholic lesbians' unique identity. Shortly after the Kirkridge conference the organizers met to form the Conference for Catholic Lesbians. The original goal of the organization was to act as a clearinghouse of information and resources for Catholic Lesbians. Over time, this expanded to the formation of local groups, bi-annual national conferences, a quarterly newsletter, regional events and retreats, and participation in a number of Catholic coalitions.

Finding Aid

A finding aid is not available at this time.


CCL organizational records can be found at the Marquette University Archives and Special Collections.


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