Learning to Include the Disabled

Manila – During the monthly meeting of the Guanellian Lay Cooperators on June 18th, two people from the Archdiocese of Manila (Kuya Jon) and Diocese of Novaliches (Ate Josephine) came to teach how to establish ministries for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities(I/DD) in parishes. One of the problems of many parishes in the Philippines is the lack of systematic and established pastoral programs for persons with I/DD. Although there are increasing numbers of cases of persons with I/DD, many times the special children are left on their own, if not totally excluded especially from liturgical celebrations. With the talk of Jon and Phine, we hope that in the future, Guanellian Cooperators will spearhead the establishment of Ministry for Persons with I/DD in their respective parishes.

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