When few priests would do more than whisper about homosexuality, Father Nugent was meeting with lesbian and gay people and encouraging them to claim their rightful place in the Catholic Church. He died on New Years Day according to a statement on the New Ways Ministry blogsite.
Francis DeBernardo, executive director of New Ways wrote.
“While we at New Ways Ministry are sad that we will no longer experience his sharp mind, his warm heart, and his delightful wit, we are comforted by the fact that his impact will live on in the lives of those he touched and in the Catholic Church’s continued renewal of its welcome and commitment to its lesbian and gay members — a renewal that he played such a large role in effecting,”
“We now have another saint to whom we can pray for LGBT equality and justice.”