Ministry for Persons with Disabilities

Discover the ways in which we serve our brothers and sisters living with disabilities and their families.

Special Needs Catechesis: Ongoing training, materials development for parents and catechists, including best practices for using Religious IEP’s.

Affirming Life/Prenatal Diagnosis Initiative: Helping parishes support women and families to carry to term following unexpected prenatal diagnosis of a disability or fatal defect. For more information click here.

White Mass: Annual Mass celebrating the giftedness of all persons especially Deaf Catholics and Catholics with Disabilities. This Archdiocesan Liturgy is celebrated by Cardinal Wuerl.

Rally for Life: Creating opportunities at Rally to consider disability issues.

Parish Ministry Formation: Helping create ministries serving persons who are disabled that meet the specific needs of these persons in their parishes.

Mental Illness Outreach: Training of clergy, parish personnel, school personnel and others in how parishes can support the spiritual needs of persons with mental illness and their families.

Adult Faith Formation: Supporting Faith & Light communities for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Contact the Department of Special Needs Ministries for information on Faith and Light Communities in your area.

Housing Opportunities: Helping create group homes for persons with disabilities on parish property, using the Rosaria Communities, Inc. model.

Hispanic Ministry Special Needs Catechesis: Translating materials into Spanish; developing Hispanic Special Needs ministries based in parishes.

Veterans Outreach: Offering spiritual retreat for veterans with a service-related disability, mental illness or PTSD; creating materials for use in parishes. For more information click here.

Retreats for Families: Spiritual retreats for families caring for a person with a disability.

Contact the Department of Special Needs Ministries for additional information on training needs at your parish.