National Catholic Partnership on Disability

Going to daily Mass can be a different experience than the Sunday liturgy. Subtle nods, smiles, hand gestures, and other greetings cross the spaces that may physically separate us at 6:30 AM.  Even in the midst of perhaps forty people or so, I find a true amalgam of the socio-economic strata — professionals, housewives, the retired, military personnel, religious, a deacon, and of course, the priest.  Occasionally, even a bishop.

There is one segment that is also invariably there –the disabled. Those with physical and/or the mentally illness.

One cannot but responsibly ask:  Are we ministering to them well?

Being a clinical social worker having worked with the mentally ill for nearly thirty years now, this question becomes an important one for me.

I want to direct your attention to a fine website having to do with all of this.  Log on to:

More great stuff our Church is doing that doesn’t seem to hit the headlines often. A ton of good information and opportunities for keeping abreast of current political, legal and social concerns.

About Deacon Bob

Moderator: Deacon Bob Yerhot of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester, Minnesota.
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