Fr. Nugent co-founded New Ways Ministry, which for decades has helped to build bridges of trust and understanding between LGBT Catholics and those elements of the Church that fail to see that, ultimately, there can be no conflict between being a faithful follower of Jesus and being faithful to who we know ourselves to be as created in God’s image and likeness. Requiescat in pace.
With confidence in the promise of the Resurrection, but also with hearts heavy with sorrow, New Ways Ministry reports the passing into eternal life of our co-founder, Father Robert Nugent, SDS. Fr. Nugent’s three-month battle with cancer ended on Wednesday, January 1, 2014, at 2:10 pm, Central Time, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Present at his side at the time of his death were New Ways Ministry’s co-founder, Sister Jeannine Gramick, SL, and Brother John Hauenstein, SDS, a member of his religious congregation, the Salvatorians.
Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry’s Executive Director, reflected on the impact of Father Nugent’s life:
“When few priests would do more than whisper about homosexuality, Father Nugent was meeting with lesbian and gay people and encouraging them to claim their rightful place in the Catholic Church. During a time of intense homophobia in both church and society, he exhibited uncommon courage and foresight in welcoming and affirming…
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