Autism, the Holy Father, and Loyola Press

Holy Father at autism conference 2014

Recently, Pope Francis hosted a three-day conference at the Vatican (sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Pastoral Health) titled “The Person with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Animating Hope.” Over 600 experts from nearly 60 countries gathered with several hundred parents and children affected by autism.

Loyola Press was proudly represented by Tom McGrath (Author, Speaker, Vice President for New Product Development) and Joellyn Cicciarelli (Director of Curricula Development), both of whom are intimately involved in the development of some wonderful products and resources for children with special needs, including the soon-to-be-released Adaptive Finding God Program.

Tom says that, “Our partners at the National Catholic Partnership on Disabilities played a strong role at the conference. Jan Benton (pictured below) reported on the state of the situation in North America regarding autism. She highlighted the work of publishers who have created faith formation resources to help those with special needs prepare for the sacraments, including Loyola Press with our Adaptive Sacramental Prep kits.”

I am so proud to be associated with Loyola Press’s efforts to provide such wonderful resources for children and families affected by special needs.

Tom McGrath with Loyola Press's Adaptive First Eucharist Preparation Kit
Tom McGrath with Loyola Press’s Adaptive First Eucharist Preparation Kit
Joellyn Cicciarelli taking a well-deserved break from the conference to do some sightseeing in Rome
Joellyn Cicciarelli taking a well-deserved break from the conference to do some sightseeing in Rome
Jan Benton of the National Catholic Partnership on Disabilities speaking at the conference.
Jan Benton of the National Catholic Partnership on Disabilities speaking at the conference
The Holy Father convenes the conference in Paul VI Hall
The Holy Father convenes the conference in Paul VI Hall.
About Joe Paprocki 2133 Articles
Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press. He has more than 30 years of experience in ministry and has taught at many different levels. He is the author of numerous books, including the bestseller The Catechist’s Toolbox and Under the Influence of Jesus.

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