Bridget Brown is a young woman with Down’s Syndrome who is well-known as a speaker and consultant on ministering to people with special needs and disabilities. During her presentation at the gathering of Catholic leaders in August, she said, “those of us with Down’s Syndrome do not want to be on the periphery. We want to contribute and to participate. We find ourselves on the periphery not because we want to be, but because the periphery has been imposed on us – even by our Church.”
Most of us were motivated to get into ministry because of our love of the Lord, the Church, and a deep desire to serve others. The mantle of ecclesial leadership includes coordinating and managing with a vision of inclusivity that builds-up people. We can always do more and we can always do better. But will we try?
Growing-people grows ministry. God’s grace is exponentially present in community. Two upcoming events from the office of Laity, Family and Life offer pinnacle moments to develop those who minister (on every level and genre) and to breakdown the barriers that leave people on the periphery or stuck in the margins.
Now is the moment to rally everyone in ministry to re-tool, re-commit, and re-surrect.
All are welcome. Register today!
- August 8, 2017 – Ministry Professionals Gathering (with Frank Mercadante) on “Making Ministry Teams”
- September 16, 2017 – Ministry Formation Conference “Disciples of Word, Sacrament, and Mission”