We are an inclusive, informal group of people supporting each other to value and integrate our spirituality and sexuality. Anyone supporting the group’s purposes may join us: it is not necessary to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or Catholic. Group members come from across the East and West Midlands areas and we are trying to plan events across the year that will be accessible for most people across that wide geographical area.
Autumn is planning time for Quest in the Midlands. At the end of 2019 we drew up a new programme of events for 2020, we will have more information here and we’ll be advising on upcoming events throughout the year.
What we did in 2019
Our programme included a walk around Osmaston and Shirley in Derbyshire, an evening of sharing our stories as LGBT Catholics over dinner, and watching the film “The Boy Who Found Gold” about the life of William Hart McNichols, a gay American priest who is an artist and iconographer.
In May, members of Quest in the Midlands and friends from around the country joined together for what has become an annual weekend retreat at Mount St Bernard Abbey in Leicestershire. The weekend was an occasion to depart from our busy lives to grow and develop our faith, through prayer and reflection. We extended our thanks to the community at Mount Saint Bernard for their hospitality.
We had a trip to York to attend the Middlesbrough Diocese monthly Mass for LGBT+ Catholics on Sunday 14th July at the Bar Convent alongside Quest in the North:
In August a group of us went to the Quest conference in Winchester to hear former President of Ireland Mary McAleese (and chat with her over coffee):
and attended Mass in the beautiful chapel at the University of Winchester:
A couple of us were at Greenbelt over the August Bank Holiday Week:
and the Quest banner was taken through the streets of Leicester by the Chair of Quest during Leicester Pride!
Some of the other things we’ve done recently include:
A picnic and stroll around Wollaton Park in Nottingham
A walk in Lathkill Dale
Going to the Nottingham Diocese Mass for LGBT Catholics in Derby (2017)
and the Nottingham Diocese Mass for LGBT Catholics in Nottingham (2018)
Watch this space for updates or contact us by email to find out more about the group.
We also …
… meet informally outside our schedule of events for meals, theatre, cinema. Get in touch by email (email@example.com) for more information.
We currently meet monthly. Most of our meetings are in Leicester, but our members come from across the Midlands. Our meetings include social events, day trips or watching movies of interest to our members. Occasionally we organise retreats and meetings with invited speakers. Some of us, living in Leicester, have been gathering for Morning Prayer most weeks for over 15 years. We meet every Wednesday for Morning Prayer and breakfast at 7.15 am at members’ homes in the city.
We are keen to make links with other LGBT Christian and multi-faith groups locally.
Information about the welcoming and inclusive Anglican parish of St Nicholas in the centre of Leicester can be found on their website here. St Nicholas’ is the only church in the East Midlands to be listed by One Body One Faith (OBOF) as a Visible Congregation. You can find out more about OBOF Visible Congregations here.
Members of the group were also involved in the Sexuality Gender Identity and Belief: The Leicester Approach, a join project between Trade Sexual Health and St Philips Centre. More information can be found here.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be happy to answer your questions or provide you with further information regarding forthcoming activities. If you are on the Group’s mailing list and would like to join the group members’ Facebook page, a closed group for members of Quest East Midlands, get in touch and we can invite you to join this.
Local links that you might like to visit
- The Leicester Theological Society webpage can be found here.