“One Body in Christ” – new resource for welcoming people with disability


The Australian Catholic Disability Council and the Disability Projects Office of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference have released a new resource for parishes and Church communities called One Body in Christ, Welcoming People with Disability.

This parish resource kit will be useful for clergy, religious, pastoral councils, teachers, parishioners and anyone involved in welcoming people who are living with a disability.

Disability Projects Officer Patricia Mowbray managed the project with the assistance of the Australian Catholic Disability Council.

Mrs Mowbray explained that The Shamrocks - a small social enterprise that promotes work-ready skills and social opportunities for people living with an intellectual disability - collated and packed the kits ready for posting to every Catholic parish in Australia.

“The Shamrocks engagement in this project is a testament to the Church’s commitment to the full participation of people living with a disability,” Mrs Mowbray said.

The kit includes a new checklist that parishes and other Church agencies can use to reflect on how they welcome people living with a disability and how they can respond.

Bishops Delegate for Disability Issues, Bishop Terry Brady, said he hoped the kit will encourage parishes to confidently strive forward in becoming faith communities that gladly welcome people living with a disability and their families, recognising in all the presence of Jesus Christ and empowering all to evangelise and tell their Good News.

'One Body in Christ, Welcoming People with Disability', is available for $20 by contacting the Secretariat for Pastoral Life at sales@catholic.org.au or 02 6201 9850.

More information about the kit and how the Church can welcome people living with a disability is available from the Disability Projects Office at disability@catholic.org.au or 02 6201 9868.

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