Recommittment of the NCPD Board in Support of the NCPD Council on Mental Illness
RECOMMITTMENT of the NCPD BOARD of DIRECTORS
in SUPPORT of the MISSION and VISION of the
NCPD COUNCIL on MENTAL ILLNESS
In recognition of the fifth anniversary of the establishment of the NCPD Council on Mental Illness (Council), the Board of Directors of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability recommits to its support of the mission of the Council to help parishes welcome, include and serve the spiritual needs of Catholics with mental illness and their families.
As Cardinal DiNardo stated when the Council was first established, “Fundamental to this work is honoring the life and dignity of the human person regardless of circumstance, as affirmed in the 1978 Pastoral Statement of U.S. Catholic Bishops on People with Disabilities. We are all part of the Body of Christ.” We commend the significant efforts the NCPD Council on Mental Illness has made these past five years to increase awareness within the Church through development of the program Welcomed and Valued and the National Catholic Network on Mental Illness.
It is our hope that the next five years will see the expansion of the work of the Council to further address the significant needs within the Church and society to give voice to this human condition that often carries the burden of stigma and isolation. We look forward to a future where increasingly people with mental illness and their families can find their parishes to be communities of support and hope.
APPROVED BY THE NCPD BOARD OF DIRECTORS
FEBRUARY 18, 2011