The Opening Door’s Award highlights the importance of parishes recognizing the gifts and needs of persons with disabilities. Janice Benton, Executive Director of NCPD, in announcing the selection of All Saints, a large, urban parish in Dallas, Texas, said “All Saints sets a standard that other parishes should strive to achieve as they make efforts at welcoming persons with disabilities into a parish community. The parish’s willingness to embark on new initiatives to meet identified needs and to call forth the gifts of persons with disabilities captured the attention of the selection committee.”
“Cardinal DiNardo leads by example, with humor, with deep insight and with a willingness to explore new methods of reaching out to people with disabilities. He is visionary in guiding NCPD to continue to find ways to involve all people in our Church and to recognize that we are all in a marvelous partnership with God,” notes Susanna Herro, current Chair of NCPD’s Board of Directors.
Two national Catholic disability organizations, the National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD) and the National Apostolate for Inclusion Ministry (NAfIM) recently voted to forge a new bond with a renewed commitment to engaging Catholics with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the full life of the Catholic Church.
Janice L. Benton, Executive Director of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD) is pleased to announce the recipients of four National Awards. The presentation was made at NCPD’s National Conference, Partnership 2013: Where Faith and Disability Meet, in Houston, Texas, November 2, 2013. His Eminence Daniel Cardinal Dinardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, Texas, received the Visionary Leadership Award recognizing an individual who possesses a vision for the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in the life of the Catholic Church.
April is Autism Awareness Month. The National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD) calls on parishes and dioceses to observe this commemorative month. The NCPD website has resources for this observation such as Prayers of the Faithful and a bulletin announcement to support your ministry at www.ncpd.org. The NCPD Autism Task Force (Task Force) joins with others across our nation to support efforts of dioceses and parishes in their ministry to and with people with autism and their families.
As a resident of Oregon, the first state to legalize assisted suicide, and a family member of a person with profound developmental disability, I am acutely aware of how the passage of physician-assisted suicide has had an adverse impact on the lives of people with disabilities. You live with the continual fear that whoever is providing medical care will regard your life (or the life of a family member) as having less value, and will weigh the risk-to-benefit based on their determination of your quality of life. People with disabilities living in Oregon under this legislation, which purports to provide compassion and choice, are at great risk to experience neither.
(Bellevue, WA) On Thursday, June 16, 2011, at their Spring General Assembly in Seattle, the U.S. Catholic bishops voted on a statement outlining the Church’s moral objections to physician-assisted suicide. The statement, To Live Each Day with Dignity, details longstanding Church teaching on the life and dignity of the human person, and reflects on how this teaching relates to people with terminal illness, chronic conditions, and disabilities.
Washington, D.C. - The NCPD Council on Mental Illness joins in the prayers of our nation for all affected by the tragic events in Tucson, Arizona. We pray for those who have died, for the healing of those injured and struggling to recover, consolation for those who have lost ones they love, and peace for a community that has experienced this trauma.