McGuire Memorial Awakening Spiritual Dimensions: Prayer Services with Persons with Severe Disabilities presents a program whereby persons with severe mental and physical disabilities and their caregivers are given the tools and the opportunity to awaken the Spirit of God within them. The book begins with a presentation on the purpose and methods used to allow its participants to evoke, awaken, and intuit the love and presence of God during a time of prayer. The somewhat contemplative prayer services of Awakening Spiritual Dimensions use a sensory-based model allowing symbols, sight, sounds, aroma, touch, and people to bring about a sense of the sacred to all who have gathered for prayer.
Fr. William Gillum, OFM Cap., M.Ed. is a Capuchin Franciscan priest and friar of the Pittsburgh PA Province of St. Augustine. He received his M. Div. from the Washington Theological Union and his M. Ed. in special education from Loyola College in Baltimore Md. Presently Fr. Bill is the Director of Pastoral Care at McGuire Memorial in New Brighton, PA, a school, residence, and training facility for severely disabled, medically fragile children and adults. Fr. Bill's experience with persons with disabilities has taken place over the past thirty years. He is a member of the Religion Division of the American Association on Mental Retardation and the National Apostolate for Inclusion Ministry. In the past Fr. Bill has served in parish ministry and also within his Province formation programs.
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