Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Conference Announcement

*Wanted to share this conference that is coming up here in Washington, DC in February. All are welcome, and break-out sessions will focus both on community and parish issues. I'm going to learn about the resources that the Archdiocese has, as well as to make some connections outside of our parish community.

Second Annual Conference on Faith, Deafness and Disabilities
Creating Communities Where All Are Welcome

February 13, 2010 • 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament
6001 Western Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20015

9:30: Welcome & Introduction
Monsignor John J. Enzler
Pastor, Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament
Chairman, Potomac Community Resources, Inc.

9:45: Keynote Presentation
Brian Cox, Executive Director,
Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council
“Disability Issues: The State We Are In”

Chuck Short, Special Assistant to
Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett
“Creating Disability Program Opportunities in Your Parish and Community”

10:30-10:45 a.m.: Break

10:45- 12 Noon: Town Hall Meeting and Introduction of Session Presenters
Moderator: Rev. William Byrne,
Secretary for of Pastoral Ministries and Social Concerns of the Archdiocese of Washington

Noon: Recitation of the Angelus, followed by lunch
"Celebrating 50 Years of Service:
The Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute of Catholic Charities"

Daphne Pallozzi, Director of the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute
Delores Wilson, Founding Director of the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute and Director of Bethlehem House

Breakout Sessions
1:00 p.m.-1:50 p.m.
2:00 p.m.-2:50 p.m.
3:00 p.m.-3:50 p.m.

4:00 p.m.: Creating New Resources Through Collaboration
James M. Sullivan, President, and Steve Riley, Executive Director,
Potomac Community Resources, Inc.

4:15 p.m.: Wrap Up and the Way Forward (conclude by 5:05)
Rev. William Byrne

5:30 p.m.: Closing Liturgy and Commissioning
Most Reverend Donald W. Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington
Registration is $15. Sign up online.
Questions? Please contact Peg Kolm or 301-853-4560


We wish to thank and acknowledge our sponsors for this year's conference:

Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute of Catholic Charities
Potomac Community Resources, Inc.
Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind


Breakout sessions: there are two types: community workshops and parish workshops

Community Workshops

Creating Residential Opportunities
Creating Recreational/Social/Employment Opportunities
Promoting Shared Interests Though Effective Advocacy
Creating Access to Blind Awareness (TBD)
Legal and Financial Planning for Special Needs Families
Parish Workshops

Life Issues and Prenatal Diagnosis
Deaf Ministry
Hispanic Ministry
Creating Parish Ministry
Inclusion Options in Catholic Schools for Students with Special Needs
Meeting of Liturgical Sign Language Interpreters for the Archdiocese of Washington

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