In 2017, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, through the Bishops’ Commission for Pastoral Life released a document providing Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with People with Disability. Prepared in collaboration with the Australian Catholic Disability Council, the guidelines draw upon the Church’s rituals and experience in ministering to or with people with a disability. To help unpack and implement the Principles, a number of practitioners working in parish, school, healthcare and pastoral care networks across the Archdiocese of Melbourne were invited to reflect on how parishes and workplaces can work towards creating more inclusive environments for people with disability. (Read more here).
Katrina Mynard (JPC Pastoral Coordinator) was invited by Mary Ryan (Archbishop’s Office for Evangelisation) to offer her insights as a Deaf person, growing up and living in hearing and Deaf parishes.
We are extremely proud of Katrina’s involvement in the development of this important resource and we appreciate her personal and rich contributions.
We believe that this resource will go a long way in assisting parishes around the country to improve their awareness and in turn, access for Deaf people.