In this workshop, we will explore the notion of persons with special needs moving past being simply “recipients” of the faith, toward being agents of the Gospel message. Ways for including persons with disabilities and special needs in the life of the parish, across that person’s life span, will also be discussed. As the Pastoral Statement of U.S. Catholic Bishops on People with Disabilities states, “We are a single flock under the care of a single shepherd. There can be no separate Church for persons with disabilities.”
Mary O’Meara serves the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. as Executive Director of the Department of Special Needs. She is a presenter at national conferences for children with disabilities and special needs and at diocesan workshops across the United States. O’Meara serves on the Executive Board of the International Catholic Foundation for the Service of Deaf Persons and is Course/Certificate Designer for the University of Dayton’s Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation Certificate in Disability Ministry.
REC16-7-17 From Access to Belonging
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