Commission for Persons with Disabilities Seeks New Members and Nominations for Catholics Can Award

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Friday, June 17, 2022

By Linda Peterson

Intermountain Catholic

SALT LAKE CITY — Due to recent retirements and other factors, the Commission for the Disabled in the Diocese of Salt Lake City is seeking at least three new members. Individuals who are concerned about Catholics with disabilities and who wish to make a difference in their lives and in the life of the Catholic Church in Utah are invited to apply.

The commission meets one evening a month and plans occasional workshops at the parish level. In addition, committee members organize the annual Diocesan Catholic Mass, which highlights the gifts of people with disabilities in the diocese and their many contributions to their parishes.

The commission’s mission statement calls on its members to educate Catholics in Utah about the rights and needs of people with disabilities and to promote the rights of accessibility and participation of all people in diocesan and parish liturgical celebrations and catechetical programs to encourage full spiritual life in the Catholic Church. faith, among other actions.

The commission organized the first Catholic Mass in 2008 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. The commission also helps parishes provide resources to serve people with disabilities.

Commission members are nominated by their pastors and are appointed for two-year terms by Bishop Oscar A. Solis. For more information about committee participation, contact Dolores Lopez, the diocesan director of human resources, at [email protected] or 801-328-8641.

The annual Catholics Can Award, sponsored by the committee, recognizes people with disabilities who contribute and participate in their parish community, as well as individuals, parishes or organizations that ensure meaningful participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of parish life. Catholic.

Nominations for the 2022 Catholics Can Award are being accepted until July 1. Application packages are available from Carol Ruddell, [email protected] or 801-440-8729 or Dolores Lopez, [email protected] or 801-328-8641.

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