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Catechesis and Persons with Disabilities

A Necessary Engagement in the Daily Pastoral Life of the Church

20 October 2017 - 22 October 2017 (Save to calendar)

Pontificia Università Urbaniana

Catechesis and Persons with Disabilities:

A Necessary Engagement in the Daily Pastoral Life of the Church

October 20 – 22, 2017


Friday, October 20, 2017


14:00   Arrival and Welcome

15:00   Opening prayer

15:30   The Profession of Faith: “To believe” - One’s response to God who reveals Himself

Archbishop Rino Fisichella

President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization


16:30   Life in Christ: The person made in the image of God

            Stefano Toschi, Association “Beati noi” (Bologna, Italy)

            Pia Matthews, Lecturer, St. Mary’s University (London, England)

17:30   Break

18:00   Presentation and the opening of the exhibition on the accessibility of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Pastoral and catechetical tools for inclusion.


Saturday, October 21, 2017


9:00     Opening prayer

9:30     The celebration of the Christian mystery: Sacraments as precious occasions for catechesis

            Miguel Romero, Professor, Salve Regina University (U.S)

            Bishop Peter A. Comensoli, Bishop of Broken Bay (Australia)

11:00   Break

11:30   The celebration of the Christian mystery: Experiences of catechesis

Isabel de la Taste, Service National de la Catéchèse et du Catéchuménat Déléguée aux Pédagogies de Catéchèse pour le Handicap, Episcopal Conference (France)


Mary O’Meara, Executive Director of the Department of Special Needs Ministries, Archdiocese of Washington (U.S.)


Fr. Giuseppe Fabrini and Fiorenza Pestelli, Archdiocese of Pesaro (Italy)

12:45   The experience of the Jubilee of Mercy – a video testimony

13:00   Lunch

15:00   Prayer

15:30   Christian Prayer: The religious dimension

Fr. Diego Pancaldo, Professor, Italia Centrale, Moderator of the Association Maria Madre Nostra, Diocese of Pistoia (Italy)

Fr. Michael Depcik, OSFS, Director of the Catholic Deaf Community, Archdiocese of Detroit (U.S.)


17:00   Break

17:30   Christian Prayer: Experiences of catechesis

Petites Soeurs disciples de l’agneau: Contemplative Community of Religious Sisters with Sisters with and without Down’s syndrome (France)


Cristina Gangemi, Kairos Forum, Director, Expert in the Field of Disability (England)


Fr. Gabriele Pipinato, Diocese of Padova, Founder of the Saint Martin Catholic Social Apostolate of Talitha-Kum and the L’Arche Community of Nyahururu (Kenya)


Anne Dewulf, Community of S. Egidio (Belgium)


19:00   Catechesis and persons with disabilities: conclusions and perspectives


Sunday, October 22, 2017


10:00   Holy Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica and procession before the tomb of St. John Paul II

12:00 Angelus Prayer in St. Peter’s Square 

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