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On Saturday, April 1, 2017, Bishop McNamara High School was pleased to host the 7th Faith, Deafness, and Disabilities Conference for the Archdiocese of Washington Department of Special Needs Ministry. This year's conference with the theme of "Creating Communities: Access/Belong/Empower", highlighted the need for self-advocacy, just as our Holy Father, Pope Francis, spoke about last June at a Mass in Rome for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. "Differences are a richness because I have something and you have something else and by putting the two together we have something more beautiful, something greater," the Holy Father reminded us. He went on to proclaim: "The world does not become better because only apparently 'perfect' people live there, but when human solidarity, mutual acceptance and respect increase" (June 12, 2016).
The archdiocesan community was invited to the conference to learn more about and understand the deaf and disabled, and to envision ways our Church can empower persons who are Deaf and those with disabilities to share their many gifts within their parishes and communities.
The conference included keynote speaker, Greg Hlibok, Esq., general counsel and compliance officer for AVRS and former Chief of Disability Rights Office in Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission. This was followed by a panel discussion with self-advocates, and a variety of community and faith-based workshops throughout the day. The conference came to a close with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Barry C. Knestout, Auxiliary Bishop of Washington.
The event was hosted by Bishop McNamara, under the direction of Mr. Reginald Brady, Assistant Principal and Dean of Students, pictured here with Bishop Knestout.