International conference to focus on disability and catechesis

Participants at the 2016 Living Fully conference

Bishop of Broken Bay Peter Comensoli will lead a session at an international convention to be held in Rome this month for more than 450 participants working in the area of catechesis for persons with disabilities, the Diocese of Broken Bay reports.

The Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation, in collaboration with the Kairos Forum for Cognitively and Intellectually Disabled People, will host the Catechesis and Persons with Disabilities: A Necessary Engagement in the Daily Pastoral Life of the Church conference at the Pontifical University Urbiana, from October 20–22.

Recognising the 25th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the conference, at its heart, will honour persons with disabilities and highlight the unique blessings they bring to the Christian community.

“We believe this conference will empower people from around the world to make a positive difference in their local parishes and communities,” says Australian coordinator, Dr Zachariah Duke, Associate Dean, Broken Bay Institute - The Australian Institute of Theological Education.

“It is about bringing our theology and pastoral practice into dialogue with one another – sometimes there is a disjoint between the two, and it is the hope of this conference to iron out any disjoints!”

Following on from the success of the 2016 conference, Living Fully, this year's conference conference will hear from international experts including Archbishop Rino Fisichella (Vatican), Cristina Gangemi (England), Isabel de la Taste (France), Fr Gabriele Pipinato (Kenya) and Anne Dewulf (Belgium).

Bishop Comensoli will lead a joint session with Professor Miguel Romero (USA) on the "Celebration of the Christian Mystery – Sacraments as precious occasions for catechesis".

“Those among us who are profoundly, cognitively-impaired live a graced humanity,” Bishop Comensoli said.

“It is for everyone to recognise that they are privileged stewards of sacramental faith because they are quite ordinarily participants in the life of Christ.”

Program highlights over the three days include exploration of prayer and the experience of catechesis, pastoral and catechetical tools enabling inclusion of persons with disabilities, protection of persons with disabilities, and an audience with Pope Francis in the Apostolic Palace.

For further information visit: Living Fully

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