2014 Nov - Dec Activities

 Activities of November and December 2014

November and December 2014 have been very busy months for NCPD.  In addition to wonderful conversations and emails with diocesan directors, parish catechetical leaders, ministry partners, families and people with disabilities, some of the highlights of our activities are listed below:

Vatican Address

  • Interview with Washington Post writer
  • Archdiocese of Washington Reception to honor Janice Benton and Nancy Thompson prior to leaving for Rome
  • Meeting and presentation at the Vatican in Rome


  • Observe at U.S. bishops’ annual meeting in Baltimore (99% voted “yes” to a revised Guidelines for the Celebration of Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities.)
  • Health Care Subcommittee meeting, Baltimore (Janice Benton is a consultant to the subcommittee)
  • Article written for Catechetical Sunday 2015 publication by USCCB
  • Catholic Social Ministry Gathering planning
  • Diversity Outreach Initiative, USCCB meetings

Connections with Publishers and Media

  • Critique of Orientation Review for Loyola’s Adaptive Finding God series
  • Filmed presentation for "Catechist Orientation for Adaptive Finding God series", by Loyola Press, Chicago
  • RCL Benziger and NCPD teams meeting for collaboration on projects to support disability ministry
  • Interview with Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Radio & recording of a PSA

Faith and Light International visit

  • Marie-Helene Mathieu Reception and Book signing
  • Faith and Light Prayer Service and Workshops

Workshops and Presentations

  • Presented Priest Study Day and Lay Ecclesial Minister, Parish Catechetical Leader, and Principal Study Day for the Diocese of Des Moines 
  • Diocese of Des Moines Disability Ministry Committee dinner meeting
  • Collaboration with 2 (arch)dioceses in preparation for on-site assessments of their disability ministry services by NCPD

Committees and Organizations

  • Leadership Forum Meeting, DC
  • IDAC meetings
  • NCPD Mission Committee meeting
  • NCPD Mental Illness Council meetings
  • NCPD Council on Intellectual and Developmental Disability meetings
  • Catholic Charities USA meeting               
  • Meeting with Catholic University of America Students to set-out new pro-life initiatives              
  • NCPD Governance Board Meeting
  • Catholic Disability Foundation (CDF) meetings


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