Mental Illness Workshops

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NCPD Council on Mental Illness will be holding awareness workshops at three locations in July:  Hyattsville, MD (July 11); Chicago, IL (July 21); Portland, OR (July 24).  Please click here to download a brochure with more details.  Also, see the listings in our Coming Events Calendar at  The major cost of the workshops are provided by a grant from a generous benefactor to the NCPD Council on Mental Illness, so only a nominal fee of $10 will be asked to help cover the expense for a light continental breakfast, lunch and materials.  Register online by clicking here.


What Will You Learn?

The Mental Illness Workshops will introduce Catholic diocesan personnel, pastoral leaders, and parishioners to the issue of severe and persistent mental illness and will provide them with tools and resources to further the welcome, support, and involvement of individuals with mental illness and their families in the life of the faith community. Participants will be given specific practical, actionable ideas, ready and easy to use in their parishes.


NCPD Board Chair submits comments on Draft NIH Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research

The National Institute for Health drafted guidelines for Human Stem Cell research and requested comments from the public. The drafting of these guidelines is in response to the March 9, 2009 Executive Order 13505 Removing Barriers to Responsible Scientific Research Involving Human Stem Cells . The NCPD Chairman of the Board has submitted the following comments in opposition to promulgating these gudelines.


Upcoming NCPD Webinars

March Webinar ParticipantsThe upcoming NCPD Webinars are listed below. We look forward to producing these webinars for the support of your ministry in the Church.  Thank you to all who have helped make the previous webinars so successful and through whose suggestions the present schedule has been developed. 

Wednesday July 15, 2009, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT

NCPD Webinar
Access in Liturgy: Making Liturgical Ministries M
ore Accessible to People with Disabilities, in partnership with the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC), NCCL and others, will describe ways to make liturgical ministries more accessible to those with disabilities. Patrick Gorman and Karen Murray presenting. Lisa Tarker moderating. 

Webinar presenters during broadcastTuesday October 13, 2009, 3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT
NCPD Webinar   
Access in Catholic Education: Elementary Schools, in partnership with the USCCB Secretariat on Catholic Education, NCCL and others, with Marie Powell, Director, serving as moderator.  Sally Todd and Eileen Grams presenting.  


Model Futile Care Legislation

On August 22, 2008 the NCPD Board approved a statement on Futile Care (to view statement click here.) NCPD's Board Committee on Ethics and Public Policy posted model legislation for implementing this statement. Click here to view this model legislation in PDF, Word.


Support Community Choice Act

Support ADAPT in advocating for the Community Choice Act  which will allow Medicaid funds to cover community based services, thus enabling people with disabilities to live in the local community of their choice.  Ask your U.S. Senators and Representative in Congress to cosponsor this important legislation!  The Community Choice Act was recently introduced in the Senate (S. 683) by Senators Tom Harkin(D-IA) and Arlen Specter (D-PA) and in the House (H.R. 1670) by Representative Danny Davis (D-IL).

Contact your Senators at:

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Stauros Ministries Invitation: Access to the Land of the Bible

Stauros Ministries Invitation: Access to the Land of the Bible, August 17-28, 2010 is a trip for people with disability. Access to the Land of the Bible is a non-academic program of Bible study made accessible to persons living with disabilities. It is the realization of a dream by Fr. Donald Senior, CP, New Testament scholar, and Stauros U.S.A. founder, the late Fr. Flavian Dougherty, CP.   In the words of Fr. Senior, "For many people with disabilities, their suffering is not their disability itself but, rather, the barriers and negative attitudes society puts in their way. 

We named our program 'Access to the Land of the Bible' because we want to demonstrate that people with disabilities should have the same access to the sources of our faith as anyone else." 

Stauros is launching a campaign to recruit 25 leaders in the disability "no limits" movement who have disability themselves and desire to attend a fantastic study tour of the Holy Land with one of the world's foremost experts on the bible and New Testament:  Fr Don Senior, the current President of the Catholic Theological Union.



2009 Giftedness Gala

On April 16, NCPD will host our 2009 Giftedness Gala, recognizing the gifts all of us bring to the Body of Christ.  This national event will host guests from around the country and around the region.  To view the invitation click here.

To purchase tickets click here.
The Gala is a major way in which NCPD raises funds in order to provide our services, which we trust that you find helpful in your ministry.  We hope that you can join us in making the Gala a success by supporting NCPD in these ways:


NCHLA Postcard Campaign

Your diocesan Social Justice or Pro-Life Office has received the information below about FOCA and may have already established a parish campaign.  However, those in disability ministry and parish advocates might not have been made aware of this important campaign so we decided to send the information directly to you.  Check with your diocesan partners in ministry to coordinate and collaborate with them or to start your own campaign if they have not done so.

The "Freedom of Choice Act" (FOCA) was most recently introduced as S. 1173, H.R. 1964 in the 110th Congress. This act declares that it is the policy of the United States that every woman has the "fundamental right" to terminate a pregnancy. The act prohibits government at every level (federal, state, and local) from "interfering" with a woman's right to choose, and from "discriminating" against the exercise of this right.  During the campaign, President-elect Obama indicated that he would sign the legislation should it be passed by Congress.

 The Catholic bishops of the United States have unanimously called us to prayer and action to prevent passage of the radical "Freedom of Choice Act" (FOCA) and to oppose other attempts to overturn existing pro-life laws and policies. This year, our voices are needed more than ever.


SCHIP Action Alert from USCCB

On January 14, 2009 Bishop William F. Murphy sent a letter about supporting and improving the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to House and Senate members on behalf of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development. His letter is found at this link. (

The House voted on this issue yesterday, and the Senate vote will probably occur today or tomorrow. Join Bishop Murphy and the USCCB Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development in efforts to support and improve SCHIP by contacting your Senators today and urging others to do so. Go to the following links for telephone numbers and other contact information for Senators and for a USCCB action alert:  (contact Senators, ) (action alert,

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