Casey and Mary Ellen Lopata are co-founders of Fortunate Families (FF), a ministry with Catholic parents of LGBT daughters and sons. They served as consultants to the drafters of Always Our Children, the US Bishops Pastoral Message to Parents of Homosexual Children. Casey has a Master of Divinity degree, and Mary Ellen has a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies focusing on homosexuality and the family. Casey and Mary Ellen have been married 54 years and are the parents of four (one of whom is gay), grandparents of 11 (one of whom is transgender), and Godparents of two sons of a loving, married gay couple. They were honored with the DignityUSA President’s Award in 2011.