Two years in a row we have done this massive event that impacts thousands of people and it keeps growing. Myself and two other ministers created Blessings at PrideFest with numerous religious leaders, “I’ve dreamed of doing blessings in the LGBTQ community for years. Influencing my call to ministry were hundreds of people I’ve sat with over the years who were abandoned by their religions and families of origin leaving them faithless, without a family support system, even homeless. This community was thrilled to have us making up custom blessings for each one of them.” —Denise Cawley
Minister Denise Cawley and Leonel Marchan embrace after she blesses him at PrideFest in in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Friday, June 7, 2019. The two have known each other for many years and were part of the founding of the LGBTQ center in Milwaukee more than 20 years ago.