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Marianne Duddy-Burke is Executive Director of DignityUSA, the leading organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Catholics, their families, friends, and allies. She has also served as the organization’s President, Vice-President, New England Regional Director, and President of the Boston Chapter. Marianne received a Masters in Theology from Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was an Honors graduate of Wellesley College.

Marianne speaks regularly at conferences around the country on issues of importance to LGBT Catholics and their families. She was featured in the video DignityUSA: A Conversation with Marianne Duddy, and her work has been included in several books, including, most recently, Redemption Stories: Stories of Survival and Transformation. She is a featured blogger for Huffington Post.

Marianne has over 25 years of non-profit and corporate leadership experience. She has worked in health care, human resources consulting, and the elder care fields. 

Marianne lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with her spouse Becky Duddy-Burke and two adopted daughters, Emily (10) and Infinity (9). 

Recent Posts

Nov 23, 2015

As the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) concluded its annual meeting last week, it revealed itself as grossly out of touch with both grassroots Catholicism and Pope Francis.

Sep 15, 2015

The Vatican recently announced that it is “impossible to allow” transgender people to be godparents. In the warped logic of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, identifying as transgender “reveals in a public way an attitude opposite to the moral imperative of solving the problem of sexual identity according to the truth of one's own sexuality.”

Oct 06, 2014

As this blog goes to press, in two cities more than 5,000 miles from each other, flights will be landing, hotels will be checked into, local hosts will undergo a final flurry of preparations as Church leaders gather to pray, deliberate, and work for the future of our Church.

Aug 11, 2014

Sometimes the personal truly is political.

Today, I read a letter sent by three Catholic bishops to U.S. lawmakers. The letter endorses a bill that would allow publicly funded child welfare agencies to refuse to place children for foster care and adoption with same-sex couples due to "their religious beliefs or moral convictions."

Apr 03, 2014

About a century ago, Catholic job-seekers were routinely confronted with signs reading, "No Catholics need apply." Now, it seems administrators in some Catholic schools are prepared to post signs that say, "No gay people need apply."

LGBT people have worked for the Catholic Church probably for as long as the church has been around.

Jul 30, 2013

During an onboard interview on his flight back to Rome following World Youth Day, Pope Francis issued unexpected comments on his view of gay priests, and, many believe, gay people more broadly. He remarked: "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?"

Pope Francis’ comments on gay people in the Church represent a very welcome change in tone from what we’ve heard from the last two Popes.

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