East Texas news site, KLTV, recently published a story about the Special Needs Ministry in the Diocese of Tyler. Click here to check it out!
Ministering to individuals with special needs and their families is an important mission for Bishop Joseph Strickland. He has said,
Care for those among us with special needs is part of our Catholic commitment to the Sanctity of Human Life. People with special needs are our Catholic brothers and sisters, beloved of God. Families who love and support members with special needs need our support, they are heroically living out that call to love one another which comes from Jesus Christ. Let us pray for all of these families, and the tremendous witness to they offer to the world concerning the dignity and value of every single human person.
The Diocese of Tyler Special Needs Ministry exists to:
- Show compassion and understanding for those who struggle with disabilities.
- Include those with disabilities and their families more into the life of the Church.
- Establish specific areas in the diocese where people with disabilities can serve the Lord and others.
- Instruct these individuals in their duty towards God and help them grow in devotion.
- Work with families, pastors and DREs concerning preparation and celebration of the sacraments for individuals with special needs.
- Bring together families of this community for spiritual formation, and educational and social gatherings.