NCPD Staff Person Wins National Award

Dr. Nancy Thompson awarded the Distinguished Service Award for 2014 by the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership 

May 21, 2014, St. Louis, MO.

Dr. Nancy receives award from Bill Miller, President of the NCCL Board of Directors.
Dr. Nancy Thompson and
the late Lee Nagel, Executive Director NCCL

Dr. Thompson, the Director of Programs and Diocesan Relations for the National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD) and a leader in disability ministry received this prestigious award at the NCCL annual convention held May 19 - 22  in St. Louis, Missouri.

The award recognizes and applauds Dr. Thompson’s many years in developing catechetical materials to serve the needs of children and adults with disabilities.  Through her work, thousands of peoples have encountered the Good News of Jesus.

“Dr. Thompson’s energetic leadership at NCPD and her deep faith have benefited the entire church by creating practical, uplifting tools for catechesis and sacramental preparation for children and adults with many types of disabilities,” said Susanna Herro, Chairman of the Board of NCPD.

Since joining the staff of NCPD in 2007, Dr. Thompson has infused her work with the professionalism gained by earning her doctorate in applied ministries in 2000 with an emphasis that included ministry with people having disability. Her rich faith life, as a Discalced Carmelite Secular brings an additional dimension to her efforts. An area where she excels is providing countless hours of consultation to diocesan and parish staff.  Tom Racunas, Director of the Ministry with Persons with Disabilities for the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas said, “Dr. Thompson’s assessment of the status of the office of this ministry along with her loving and patient guidance was invaluable to me as a new director in 2010!  Dr. Thompson continues to be a resource and mentor to me.”

In an endeavor that will prove extremely valuable to the future church, Dr. Thompson has guided the volunteer professionals and family members of the NCPD’s Autism Task Force (ATF).  New catechetical and sacramental preparation resources to educate students on the autism spectrum and/or with intellectual and developmental disability will soon be available on the NCPD website,


Disability Rights Conference

Dr. Marie Hilliard, Chair of NCPD Board Ethics Committee; Susanna Herro, NCPD Board Chair, and Janice Benton, NCPD Executive Director will be attending the Disability Rights Leadership Institute on Bioethics on April 25 and 26. This is an event for disability rights advocates to advance the disability rights perspective on bioethics issues such as Withholding Medical Treatment, Assisted Suicide Laws, Reproductive Technologies and developing advocacy strategies on these issues. We will share news from the conference next week.

Co-sponsors include the National Disability Leadership Alliance, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, the National Council on Independent Living, and Not Dead Yet.


National Prayer Vigil for Life: Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities

National Prayer Vigil for LifeThere are limited seats available for persons with disabilities at the National Prayer Vigil for Life on Tuesday January 21st (the evening before the March for Life).

To request an accommodation, please fill out the "Request for Accommodation" form at the link below.



Disability Article Featured in US Catholic Magazine

Real presence: What Catholics with developmental disabilities bring to the table

Catholic churches strive to welcome those with developmental disabilities through special ministries and a change in attitude. Like many other lifelong Catholics, Danny Benavidez, a member of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Chula Vista, California, helps out at his parish in a number of ways. On Thursdays he serves as a eucharistic minister. Every other Sunday he delivers communion to the homebound. Once a month he listens to the “talking, talking, talking” at his Knights of Columbus meeting. And once a week—usually Tuesday—he stops into a neighboring parish to visit an old friend, who is now a deacon. Benavidez, who has Down syndrome, is a third-degree Knight. He was an altar server for 20 years. Since 1981 he has been involved in his parish’s Faith and Light community for people with developmental disabilities and their family members and friends. Passionate about his faith, he joyfully greets his pastor at Mass every week. -

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Enjoy Cardinal DiNardo's Blog on Partnership 2013

 A Shepherd's Message - Nov. 11, 2013

The weekend of Nov. 1 to 3, beginning with the Solemnity of All Saints, was a beautiful one for our Archdiocese.

That weekend, we hosted a national conference of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD). I have been a board member of this very energetic group for some years, and it was a pleasure to welcome so many persons to our local Church.

I was also honored to be able to deliver the keynote address for the Saturday night dinner and to be principal celebrant for the final liturgy on Sunday.

The conference was titled, Partnership 2013: Where Faith and Disability Meet. It was truly an encounter of Catholic Faith and persons of different abilities and disabilities. It was a showcase of accessibility on all levels and was attentive to languages and cultures.


NCPD Board Chair Emeritus on NPR Regarding Organ Donation

Click the NPR grapic to listen to Stephen Mikochik, Esq. discuss on "Morning Edition" how a proposed organ donation policy can work against people with disabilities by devaluing their lives in favor of potential organ recipients.

NPR Logo Woman watching son in hospital bed.


Read latest letter in opposition to proposed policy changes.
Read Not Dead Yet letter opposing OPTN/UNOS proposed policy changes.
See Action Alert on emailing the organ donation board that will issue decision (OPTN/UNOS).
Supporting statement from the National Catholic Bioethics Center.



March Bioethics and Public Policy Report

Lots of legislative activity occuring related tho the HHS mandate and other issues which impact the Catholic faith. Read the latest news in the Bioethics and Public Policy Report from the National Catholic Bioethics Center.


Join us for an Evening with Fr. Robert Barron

Fr. Robert Barron serves as the Rector of Mundelein Seminary; is founder of Word on Fire and producer of the acclaimed Catholicism series.

He will be speaking at an event benefitting the mission of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability. To download a flyer regarding the event click on the image below. To register for the event or make a donation visit




National Catholic Bioethics Report

The National Scene: 

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops urged Catholics nationwide to participate in Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage, January 19th through the 27th, marking the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.1 This year’s turnout for the events surrounding the March for Life was phenomenal, with some estimates as high as 600,000. 

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of the dismissal of a suit, by the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, concerning government funding of embryonic stem cell research, which relies on destroyed human embryos. Two scientists have been challenging President Obama’s 2009 executive order which allowed federal funding of research on stem cells taken from human embryos as a violation of the 1996 Dickey-Wicker law.2 

The Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act is before the U.S. House of Representatives.  It would prevent Planned Parenthood from receiving federal dollars for providing contraception.3 

Read the full report here.


Sum of Their Parts

NCPD Board Chair Emeritus, Stephen Mikochik pens a criticism of the drafted organ donation policy and the procedure by which it came about. Read this article in the new forum by Human Life International, Truth and Charity. Click here for the article.

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