A spiritual teacher and speaker, Sapienza has led workshops, classes and retreats around the country, including the annual LGBT Spirituality retreat at Unity Village. He holds degrees from NYU and All Faiths Seminary, the interfaith school founded by Rabbi Joseph Gelberman and led by Rev. Dr. Jon Mundy.
Sapienza is an ordained interfaith minister, spiritual director and meditation instructor working at Spirit Space Spiritual Enrichment Center in Saugatuck, Michigan, where he lives with his partner of 20 years. He also writes a monthly column for the Holland Sentinel newspaper.
SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN is a novel loosely based on Sapienza's years as a monk in the Catholic Church. During those years, he worked alongside Father Mychal Judge, the New York City fire chaplain who died in the World Trade Center attacks. Sapienza writes of his experiences with Father Judge in MYCHAL's PRAYER. GAY IS A GIFT is a spiritual handbook for the GLBT community.
Courtesy of Salvatore Sapienza. Gregg Smith & Salvatore Sapienza (©15)
Salvatore Sapienza is a former religious brother in the Catholic Church who worked in helping to establish St. Francis AIDS Ministry, one of the first Catholic AIDS organizations in the country. Gregg Smith and Salvatore Sapienza celebrated their 20th anniversary by getting married: "On August 7, 2013, we are celebrating Gregg's 50th birthday and our 20th Anniversary by getting married in California. There will be a small ceremony and reception at Gregg's sister's house in Murietta."
Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
CreateSpace Store: https://www.createspace.com/4910282
Amazon (Paperback): http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500563323/?tag=e
Amazon (Kindle): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MZG0VHY/?tag=e
Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher
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