Here’s a good news story! While many parishes are making strides in offering quality faith formation for young people with special needs, one parish stands out as an example of excellence. St. Rose of Lima Parish in Gaithersburg, Maryland, was recently honored as the recipient of the Opening Doors Award, presented by the National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD) in partnership with Loyola Press. With the award comes a check for $1000 and a plaque.
St. Rose of Lima Parish effectively utilizes the Adaptive Finding God curriculum, using a teen faith mentoring model. Students with profound special needs are paired with teen faith mentors who work under the supervision of adult catechists. Here is a video that describes the outstanding work being done with children with special needs at St. Rose of Lima Parish. Congratulations!