Winners of the Opening Doors Awards!

open-door-awardTogether with the National Catholic Partnership on Disability, Loyola Press congratulates St. Joseph’s Parish of Moorhead, Minnesota, and All Saints Parish of Dallas, Texas, winners of the inaugural Opening Doors Award.

The Loyola Press Opening Doors Award honors a parish community that demonstrates inclusion and engagement practices that facilitate the meaningful participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of the parish community and the life of the Catholic Church. The award will be presented by NCPD and Loyola Press at the Where Faith and Disability Meet Conference in Houston, Texas, November 1–3, 2013.

The Where Faith and Disability Meet Conference serves to highlight the innovative efforts of hundreds of parishes who are opening doors for the full and active participation of all their members. Attendees will enjoy a variety of learning sessions and addresses that cover a diverse selection of important topics, including but not limited to bioethics, mental illness, autism, sacramental preparation, family support in a multi-cultural environment, and much more. All learning sessions will be available in both English and Spanish, and numerous exhibitors will be on hand to share innovative products and services.

Join keynote speakers Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, and John Foppe, Executive Director of St. Vincent DePaul of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, as NCPD continues to foster an environment in which parishioners with disabilities are engaged and serve in parish life.

Read more about the mission of the NCPD, and learn how to attend the Where Faith and Disability Meet Conference.

About Joe Paprocki 2748 Articles
Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at

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