News: NCPD

November Celebration

Join the National Catholic Partnership on Disability to Celebrate 40+ Years of Ministry

Recognizing the Body of Christ
November 8 - 9, 2019

Washington DC Area Events:
Friday, Nov. 8th: 6pm - 9:30pm
Dinner Awarding Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight,
Knights of Columbus and Honoring Janice Benton,
retiring NCPD executive director
Rosensteel Hall, Silver Spring MD
Saturday, Nov. 9th: 9am – 3:30pm
Symposium - A Theological Engagement on Disability
Co-sponsored by the Institute for Human Ecology at
The Catholic University of America, Washington DC
Visit or email for further information.



Let us take this month of April, Autism Awareness Month, to challenge ourselves to learn more about the ways in which we can accommodate the needs of those in our community who experience autism so that they may participate more fully, and to seek out and celebrate the richness of the gifts they have to offer.


Tomemos este mes como un reto para aprender nuevas maneras en que podemos responder a las necesidades de personas con Autismo, para que puedan tener una participación mas plena en la Iglesia y mostremos y celebremos los dones que ellos tienen para ofrecer a su comunidad de fe.



Prayers of the Faithful 

English          Spanish

Bulletin Announcement 

English          Spanish         Vietnamese

Embracing Persons with Autism 

Diocese of Columbus 

English          Spanish

Mass without Tears 

Diocese of Toledo 


Tips for Welcoming People with Disabilities at Mass

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Helpful Information for Ordinary and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Related to Persons with Disabilities                                      

Archdiocese of Philadelphia



Loyola Press Opening Doors Parish Award 2018

Congratulations to St. Patrick church in in Providence, RI for receiving the the 2018 Loyola Press Opening Doors Parish Award. 

Father James Ruggieri (pictured) has been the driving force behind all the wonderful things that have been happening in St. Patrick for people with disabilities and all his parishioners the last fifteen years! 
Conratulations to Fr. Ruggieri and all who have contributed in making St. Patrick's such a vibrant parish!

For more information about St. Patrick go to



NCBC Two-day Seminars

NCBC Two-day Seminars:

Catholic Healthcare Ethics:
A Tradition of Compassion and Care for the Human Person

Each Fall The National Catholic Bioethics Center presents a series of two-day seminars in various cities across the United States to address current topics in bioethics. Required for those participating in the Center's National Catholic Certification Program in Health Care Ethics, these seminars are open to all engaged in, or preparing to engage in health care ministries consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church.  These seminars are intended to benefit health care workers, clergy, those involved in research in the life sciences, members of ethics committees, and others who provide spiritual support and counsel to patients and their families. Those interested in understanding and advancing the Church’s moral tradition in health care will also find them accessible and informative.

Seminar Sites in 2019:

  • Austin, TX (January 11 & 12, 2019) — Seton Healthcare Family Administration Offices — schedule

  • Bismarck, ND (August 9 & 10, 2019) — University of Mary

  • Philadelphia, PA (September 6 & 7, 2019) — Archdiocese of Philadelphia, 222 N. 17th St.

  • New York, NY (September 20 & 21, 2019) — The Priory of St. Catherine of Siena, 411 E. 68th St. .


2018 Highlights

 Click on the image below to open up a pdf which documents some of the highlights of NCPD's achievements this year. Thanks for all the support from so many who made these possible!


Holiday Tips

Tips for Enhancing the Holiday Experience

Happy Kids for Christmas

It’s typical for children to become over stimulated and stressed with all the activities surrounding the holiday season. Children with social and behavioral challenges may have the most difficulty adapting to schedule changes, visits to unfamiliar places, and introductions to new people and foods. The following tips give parents and caregivers some ways to maintain the joy of the season.

Click Here



Coping with the Holidays
(Bi-lingual Summary)

Mental Illness:
Coping with the Holidays

Bringing Peace back
into the Holiday Season

Click Here

Click Here

Click Here


Affirmation of Pastoral Statement on 40th Anniversary



The US Bishops received, at their annual meeting, the NCPD Board of Director's Affirmation of the Pastoral Statement of U.S. Catholic Bishops on People with Disabilities (Pastoral) on the 40th anniversary of it's proclamation. NCPD is honored to have had this opportunity to share the value of the Pastoral with the bishops.


Click on the graphic of the document to download and print. Please note, the document is bilingual and formated such that it can be flipped over and read in either language from the outside in, as a regular document.


Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, NCPD Episcopal Moderator, presenting on the Affirmation of and Commitment on the 40 Anniversary of the Pastoral Statement of the U.S. Catholic Bishops on Persons with Disabilities: A Resolution issued by the NCPD Board of Directors. For video click link:




Nominations for Loyola Award 2018

Loyola Press Opening Doors Parish Award


Nomination Deadline
Postmarked by Friday November 23, 2018
Emailed by Monday November 26, 2018

The Loyola Press Opening Doors Parish Award honors a parish community that demonstrates a spirit of belonging and engagement practices that facilitate the meaningful participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of the parish community and the life of the Catholic Church.
The winning parish will be awarded a plaque, be featured in NCPD E-News and website, and receive $1,000 to be used by the parish to continue their efforts on behalf of parishioners with disabilities.




Cancellation: NCPD Pastoral at 40 Anniversary Events


    The National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD) and Catholic Disability Foundation announce the cancellation of the November 15 symposium and dinner celebration, Recognizing the Body of Christ: NCPD Past, Present, and Future. A similar gathering in the fall of 2019 is under consideration.  NCPD continues to promote the implementation of this important foundational document, which has impacted the lives of so many individuals and families these forty years. It is our hope that members of the Church will find ways to celebrate this historic anniversary of the Pastoral Statement on Persons with Disabilities.  Here are some suggested steps:


  1. Read the Pastoral Statement on Persons with Disabilities, available for free download at
  2. Discuss the significance of the Pastoral Statement on Persons with Disabilities with your parish and diocese
  3. Stay engaged with faith and disability initiatives from all over the country by reading NCPD’s E-news (click here to sign up for this electronic newsletter)
  4. Attend faith and disability events. Click here to learn about several events this year which will commemorate this historic Pastoral Statement)




Resources for Mental Illness Awareness Week and Day of Prayer 2018


Mental Illness Awareness Week: October 7 - 13, 2018
National Day of Prayer: Tuesday, October 9,  2018

See below for links to Prayer Service resources.

One out of every four families in a parish will have to cope with the effects of mental illness. Find out some simple ways your parish can reach out to them. 

In 1990, the US Congress passed a resolution designating the first full week in October  “Mental Illness Awareness Week” (MIAW).  Its purpose was to give recognition to the work accomplished by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and similar organizations to educate and raise awareness about such conditions as depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.    

One special highlight has been the designation of the Tuesday of MIAW as a day of prayer for mental illness recovery and understanding.  People of all faiths take part in diverse prayer services across the country, where our religious traditions add their voice to MIAW’s effort to raise awareness and loving support for people whose lives are affected by mental illness.