Fostering the full inclusion of people with disabilities
Serving as a pastoral resource for parishes and individuals
Providing welcome and access to persons with disabilities
into the life of the Church
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The focus of this workshop is: archdiocesan supports for families with members with intellectual disabilities or autism; the Catholic Social Services IDD help-line and What a parish can do to support families with IDD / Autism. Click here for more information. To register click on the banner.
All are welcome to attend this annual Mass. Archbishop Chaput is the celebrant. A reception follows the Mass in the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center. Click here for more information. To RSVP click on the banner.
We invite mothers and grandmothers raising children with disabilities and also those who have adult children with disabilities to attend this week day retreat at Malvern Retreat Center. Click here for more information and to register on line.
Webinar on Praying with Children with Disabilities
Visit the USCCB Educational/Catechetical Leadership Institute to view this webinar on Praying with Children with Disabilities by Sister Kathleen Schipani and Father Bill Gillum's webinar on Awakening Spiritual Dimensions within persons with significant intellectual disabilities. Click here and scroll down for webinars.
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.
In the News
Recent Articles about the Catholic Church and Persons with Disabilities:
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.
On January 14, 2017, Sr. Kathleen Schipani was honored by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for her ministry
with persons with disabilities and the Deaf community.