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Dignity/San Diego, a Chapter of DignityUSA, is a Catholic organization providing a safe and supportive faith community for LGBT Catholics, and all who seek a healthy connection between their religious traditions and spirituality through weekly liturgy, social, and service activities.  We celebrate the dignity of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Catholics.

Dignity is a voice of change within the Catholic Church, a beacon of light for all that seek justice & equality, and a place for peaceful reflection without bias.

Our Founder, Pax Nidorf

"When I started Dignity in 1969 in the eyes of the world it was probably a very small thing. However, in the microcosm of my own life, it was a monumental gamble. The fact is that we are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.

I think that is what Dignity is all about. Teaching people to dare to be themselves, to risk being open to love, to dare to open their hearts and let the world peek in.  

Let us hold hands to share our strength, love and faith with one another. Let us challenge anyone who would question our validity."

Dr. Patrick X. Nidorf,  Founder of DignityUSA

Patrick X. (Pax) Nidorf was born in the spring of 1932. He spent the first 20 years of his life studying art and other educational pursuits. The second 20 years were spent in intensive training in the Augustinian monastic order, and was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1962. During these years, he continued his art work and started Dignity, a ministry to gay & lesbian Catholics.
Pax retired from the priesthood in the 1973, was married, and began his private practice as a psychotherapist. Throughout his life, Pax has always had many ongoing creative projects. He has been a productive artist as an adult and has had many one-man shows throughout the West. He has a large following in Southern California with a waiting list for his commissioned works.
Pax Nidorf is an accomplished painter, illustrator, potter, and craftsman. Added to these gifts, he has also written several in-depth books on various topics. His intense psychic and spiritual insights are revealed in their pages.  One such book is "Beyond Dreaming - Tools for Psychic Development"
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