This section of our website is dedicated to providing Catholic teachings and suggestions to assist persons with disabilities to participate more fully in the Church. If you are from another religious tradition, this website is a way for us to share our beliefs about persons with disabilities.
“… I invite each one of you to work ever harder at the integration of persons with disabilities into society, into the world of work and into the Christian community, as I remind you that every human life deserves respect and must be protected from its conception to its natural end. I assure my support and my prayers to all those who are already dedicated to this immense task.”
POPE BENEDICT XVI
St Peter’s Square
Second Sunday of Advent, 4 December 2005
Catholic Disability Teachings began began as a separate website in 2006 as part of a project for a doctorate of ministry degree entitled, A Different Journey, Internet Ministry to Persons with Disabilities. The project investigated the use of a website as a ministerial tool to assist the integration of persons with disabilities into the complete life of the Church.
Dennis McNulty, the author and current Director of Disability Services, formulated the website to prove the theory that the internet can be a useful ministerial tool. This may seem antiquated now, but in 2006, this was a new idea. The goal of the doctorate has long been proven and it seems appropriate to connect this website with the services and ministries of Catholic Charities Disability Services.
The original website was dedicated to Nathan Patrick McNulty. Jill and Dennis were blessed with a son in 1996. Nathan Patrick McNulty. The word “Nathan” means “gift from God”. But he was truly a “gift” in more ways than just his name. Nate was born with a lot of challenges both mentally and physically. As he grew he was an incredible miracle. He overcame every challenge and defied the labels and limitations that others imposed. He really was inspirational. Unfortunately, Nathan died in 2000. Wanting to do something for persons with disabilities, they created this website.