“Our wholeness as individuals and as the people of God lies in openness, service and love… There can be no separate Church for people with disabilities. We are one flock that serves a single shepherd.”     
~ USCCB Pastoral statement, 1978

The Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish community wants to serve and support those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (whether born-with or acquired), their loved ones, and their caregivers. Please help us begin to raise awareness and increase advocacy and inclusivity within our boundaries and beyond for individuals and families who live with special needs by filling out the brief survey below. Thank you for your generosity and thoughtfulness!

Special Needs Family Ministry survey  



Resources for Advocacy and Support


Diocesan and Global Support


Office of Special Needs Ministries
The purpose of the Office of Special Needs Ministries is to affirm the Baptismal promise of individuals with disabilities to participate in the life and mission of the Church. It does this through education, advocacy, affirmation, and family support. It also seeks to support the efforts of local parish leadership to encourage meaningful participation of individuals with disabilities.in all aspects of parish life, including the liturgy, the Sacraments, catechesis, faith formation, ministry, evangelization, social life and the mission of the church.


National Catholic Partnership on Disability
Promoting the meaningful participation of persons with disabilities in church and society.


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