The Office for Persons with Disabilities

The Office for Persons with Disabilities fosters the full inclusion of people with all disabilities into the life of the Churchin the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and serves as a pastoral resource for parishes, families and individuals in providing welcome and access to persons with disabilities.  The Office for  was established in 1991 and  is committed to following the mandates of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as stated in their Pastoral Statements on Persons with Disabilities.

Parish Contact Form Office for Persons with Disabilities  2018

USCCB 1978 Pastoral Statement on Persons with Disabilities

1998 Welcome and Justice for Persons with Disabilities

2017 Revised Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities

Mass for Persons with Disabilities – RSVP

The Annual Archdiocesan Mass Honoring the Gifts of Persons with Disabilities, The Deaf Community, Family, Friends and Caregivers is Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul at 18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia.  Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., will be the principal celebrant and homilist.  There will be a reception immediately following the Mass.  All are WelcomeTo RSVP click here.

Revised Guidelines

Revision of Guidelines for the Celebration of Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities is Now Available online at the USCCB


The Guidelines are the culmination of years of work and were approved by the Bishops at their annual meeting in June 2017.   A text of the Guidelines as well as a pdf version can be found in the Policies section of Divine Worship at the USCCB, (click here).  The National Catholic Partnership on Disability wishes to express gratitude to the USCCB committees which produced the revision, especially Daniel Cardinal DiNardo and Archbishop Joseph Kurtz for their efforts, as well as NCPD staff, Board and Council members. To read more about the guidelines click here.



Religious Sign App for Families

ASL_app_postcard_EN_avail11.10.17The Religious Signs for Families APP-  Now Available!

This App produced by the Deaf Apostolate of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is a fun way to learn  signs for religious words and to teach young children how to pray in American Sign Language.  This App can be used by Deaf and hearing as a way to encourage families to pray together in American Sign Language.   It can be used in homes and classrooms.   It is a great resource for those who have Intellectual Disability and use functional signs.

Click here to purchase in the Apple App Store.

Click here to purchase the APP in Google Play for Android users.

All the adult models are Deaf and all the children are Deaf or Children of Deaf Adults (CODA’s).   This is a great way to have the whole family learn to pray in ASL.  The App is captioned and voiced in English and Spanish.  To learn more about the App go to

Poor Prenatal Diagnosis Support

If a Prenatal Diagnosis is poor, you are not alone. Lily’s Gift, is a network of concerned parents and professionals who have experienced or worked closely with issues surrounding poor prenatal diagnosis.

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Parish Contact Program

Currently, over 110 Parish Contacts act on behalf of persons with disabilities to assist the pastor in his role of inviting people to full membership and to share fully in the life of the Parish. Each contact is appointed by the Pastor to serve as a liaison between persons with disabilities and their parish and between the parish and the Department for Pastoral Care for Persons with Disabilities. If your parish does not have a parish contact or would like to appoint a new contact, please submit the PCPD Parish Contact Form.

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