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Dr. Miguel Romero is assistant professor of Religious & Theological Studies at Salve Regina University (RI), and NCPD Board member. His published work is in moral theology, Catholic social teaching, theological method, and the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas.
In June 2017, the United States Bishops approved the Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities revised edition. These revised and expanded guidelines supersede the previous version issued by the USCCB in 1995. The Guidelines reflect growth in knowledge and understanding of the gifts and needs of individuals in parish communities who live with disabilities and their desire for full participation in the sacramental life of the Church.
When I think back to my own First Reconciliation and First Communion, I don’t recall as much as I’d like. I remember Sister Ann, and her kindness and light, but my relationship with the Church and my faith was different than the relationship that I see growing in my girls. So approaching these sacraments with my daughters was touching, and I felt myself relearning and connecting to the Church right alongside them. However, it was not until my daughters received the sacraments that I realized how moving the experience would be.
USCCB Approves Revision of "Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities"
Washington, D.C. - The National Catholic Partnership on Disability is pleased to announce the ratification of the Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities, Revised Edition, (Guidelines) by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) at their semi-annual meeting held June 14 and 15, 2017, in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Guidelines passed overwhelmingly by a vote of 180 - 1. These revised and expanded Guidelines supersede the previous version issued by the USCCB in 1995.