Available Now: Revision of the Guidelines


 Revision of Guidelines for the Celebration of Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities online at the USCCB

The Guidelines have been published at the USCCB site found below. The Guidelines are the culmination of years of work and were approved by the Bishops last month at their annual meeting in June 2017.  A text of the Guidelines as well as a pdf version can be found in the Policies section of Divine Worship at the USCCB, (click here).  

A highlights of the Revisions can be found by clicking here.

NCPD wishes to express gratitude to the USCCB committees which produced the revision, especially Daniel Cardinal DiNardo and Archbishop Joseph Kurtz for their efforts, as well as NCPD staff, Board and Council members. It is the earnest hope of NCPD that they will be of benefit to Catholics with disabilities for years to come.

Charlie Gard Case

 The Charlie Gard Case: Who Decides “Quality of Life”

The tragic case of Charlie Gard and his parents’ fight for their rights as decision makers have given us all pause concerning the role of not only government, but also physicians in determining the quality of life of persons with disabilities.  Little Charlie is an 11-month old infant who suffers from a very rare genetic disease known as mitochondrial depletion syndrome. Specialists at Great Ormond Street Hospital, where Charlie is a patient, wish to withdraw Charlie’s life support and to allow him to die. Charlie’s parents have been denied, with the support of successive courts, the ability to take Charlie home or to bring him to the United States for treatment, indicating that Charlie be allowed to “die with dignity.”
Added to the controversy is the fact that the barrister representing the court-appointed advocate for Charlie is a barrister who has advocated for a patient’s right to death with dignity. She once represented the wife of an incompetent patient in Great Britain’s High Court, who argued that her husband, who was clinically stable and had not written an advanced directive, would want to have life sustaining treatments withdrawn. The court ruled that the husband’s assisted nutrition and hydration could be withdrawn, and he died.  The interesting fact is that in that case the will of the patient’s surrogate decision-maker was honored.  In the case of little Charlie, the parents, who are supposed to be the advocates for their child, wish to provide their son a chance for potentially helpful treatment.  Their wishes have been obstructed, not only by the hospital and the court, but also by Charlie’s court-appointed advocate and the barrister who represents the advocate. Read more

Vatican Conference

Catechesis and Persons with Disability: 

A Necessary Engagement in the Daily Pastoral Life of the Church 

This October 20-22 the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization (Council) will host an international conference to mark the 25th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. NCPD has been asked to serve as a collaborator with the Council, the bishops’ conference of Italy, and the Kairos Forum in England to help plan, promote, and carry out the conference.   The schedule, includes presentations by bishops and catechetical and pastoral leaders from throughout the world. All are encouraged to attend.

Click here for Vatican page about the conference.

Click here for program. 

                            Registration Form                                    

  Registration Process: Please register by using the attached form at the "Register" button, which, upon completion, is to be emailed to All registrations must be received by September 15, 2017 (due to the capacity of the venue, numbers will be limited and registration will be closed when that capacity has been reached).   Each participant is responsible for his/her travel and stay in Rome. There is a €30/$30 contribution to be paid by each participant upon arrival at the Conference. For further information or if you should have any questions, please email us 


Here are some resources to help understand NCPD and to potentially help you in your ministry with Catholics with disabilities.


April to July Monthly Themes


 Brochures about NCPD in English and Spanish

   Resources for April - Autism Awareness Month

   Resources for May- Mental Health Month


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   United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: Statements on Disability Ministry

Pastoral Statement of U.S. Catholic Bishops on People with Disabilities (1978) Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities (1995)  Welcome and Justice for Persons with Disabilities (1998)

   Welcomed and Valued Resource Manual and DVD

The Resource Manual features 90+ pages of information, perspectives and tools to assist in the ministry with people with mental illness.



 Opening Doors to Welcome and Justice/ Parish Guide

60 page booklet that is a wonderful resource on parish based ministry with Catholics with disabilities.

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CARA Special Reports on Disabilities

To measure how the Catholic Church in the United States is taking up the Pope’s call to recognize the strength in weakness and to be transfigured by love, the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) was commissioned by Potomac Community Resources Inc., the National Catholic Partnership on Disability, the Department of Special Needs Ministries of the Archdiocese of Washington, and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington to conduct a survey of whether and how Catholic parishes, dioceses, and Catholic Charities in the United States are including serving people with disabilities in their ministries. The report on the findings from the diocesan and Catholic Charities surveys has just been completed. A previous Special Report, issued in summer 2016, summarized the findings from the parish survey.

Both of these CARA Special Reports can be found by clicking here.



Congratulations to Cardinal DiNardo, new President of the USCCB

 Congratulations to Daniel Cardinal N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, who was elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), during the annual Fall General Assembly held in Baltimore November 14 - 16, 2016.Cardinal DiNardo has served as Episcopal Moderator for NCPD since November 2007. 

Our prayers will be with him in special ways throughout the next 3 years of his service as USCCB President.   


New Episcopal Moderator for NCPD



We are honored and pleased that outgoing president of the USCCB Archbishop Joseph Kurtz has accepted our invitation to serve as Episcopal Moderator for a three-year term.

We look forward to working with him.

(Pictured are Janice and Martin Benton with Archbishop Kurtz.)






New Episcopal Moderator

We are honored and pleased that outgoing president of the USCCB Archbishop Joseph Kurtz has accepted our invitation to serve as Episcopal Moderator for a three-year term. We look forward to working with him. (Pictured are Janice and Martin Benton with Archbishop Kurtz.)

Loyola Press Opening Doors Parish Award

Congratulations to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church from West Des Moines, Iowa, this year's winner of the 2016 Loyola Press Opening Doors Parish Award. 

After reviewing numerous applications from across the United States, the judges were most impressed at how this parish demonstrate a deep commitment to parishioners with disabilities and provides access for full participation in all aspects of the parish life: sacramental, catechetical, social, ministerial, and community service.

The award was presented to the pastor and parish community at the 9:30 am Mass on Sunday, December 11 by Dr. Nancy Thompson, NCPD Director of Diocesan Relations. For press release click here.



Matching Grant Available until December 8: Giving Tuesday was created to give a focus to the charitable contributions that many make during the Christmas season, in response to Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.

We at NCPD ask you to consider a donation to our work; supporting Catholics with disabilities in the United States to experience welcome, belonging and meaningful involvement in their parish and the Catholic Church.We are also offering the option to have a Christmas card sent in honor of someone.

If you wish to have one sent, please make a minimum contribution of $10 per card If you wish to send the cards yourself, we can mail them to you, Let us know how many you wish to receive via email to bquinlan@ncpd,org. More information


An Evening of Faith, Fellowship and Fundraising


National Catholic Partnership on Disability Presents

An evening of Faith, Fellowship, and Fundraising

Thursday, November 3, 2016 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

St. Louis University High School 4970 Oakland Avenue St. Louis, MO 63110

Hosts: Robert (Rob) Funke – SLUH Class of 1992 James (Jim) Goodman- SLUH Class of 1992


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