Persons with Disabilities

The Center for Marriage, Family, and Life has recently been tasked with carrying on the work of the Office for Persons with Disabilities in the Catholic Diocese of Richmond. We will work to continue support of the following essential ministries:

Adaptive Curriculum Kits

Curriculum materials, including Sacramental preparation materials, are available to review to assist parishes in bringing the faith to students with disabilities. For a comprehensive list of the resources, click here.

The Office of Christian Formation has a limited supply of all the Loyola Adaptive Sacramental Kits available in their resource lending library. To purchase the kits, they offer a discounted cost of $25 per kit. To order, please contact the Office of Christian Formation.

OCF Resource Lending Library Links:

Melody Smith and Father Rob Cole developed this video on ways to use the Adapative Reconciliation Kit for the Sacrament of Reconciliation:

Special Needs Christian Support Teams

Members of the four Special Needs Christian Support Teams work with the parishes in their vicariates. The teams are available to help others find resources and determine how to help individuals with special needs learn their faith and be part of their church community.

Eastern Vicariate

  • Susie Stefonowich (Holy Family Catholic Church – Virginia Beach)
  • Robin Marchi (Prince of Peace Catholic Church – Chesapeake)
  • Melody Smith (Prince of Peace Catholic Church – Chesapeake)
  • Ping Camano (Saint Luke Catholic Church – Virginia Beach)
  • Christa Blomstrom (Our Lady of Mount Carmel – Newport News)

Central Vicariate

  • Chris Jenkins (Saint Mary Catholic Church – Richmond)
  • Joan Congable MacKay (Saint Edward the Confessor – Richmond)
  • Karel Bailey (Saint Theresa Catholic Church – Farmville)
  • Terry Colville (Church of the Redeemer – Mechanicsville)
  • Marie Wilborn (Saint Edward the Confessor – Richmond)
  • Waverly Bamman (Saint Benedict Catholic Church – Richmond)
  • Deacon V.J. Petillo (Saint Bridget Catholic Church – Richmond)

Western Vicariate (far southwest)

  • Charlie May (Saint Mary Mother of God – Wytheville)
  • Brenda May (Saint Mary Mother of God – Wytheville)
  • Kate Jacob (Christ the King – Abingdon)
  • Melanie Coddington (Regional Minister for Christian Formation)
  • Jessica McCoy (Good Shepherd Catholic Church – Lebanon)
  • Angela Wolfe (Christ the King – Abingdon)
  • Pat Wolfe (Christ the King – Abingdon)

Western Vicariate

  • Kim McInnis (Our Lady of Nazareth – Roanoke)
  • Maureen Van Doren (Our Lady of Nazareth – Roanoke)
  • Deacon Ed Handel (Saint John the Evangelist – Waynesboro)
  • Judy West (Saint Andrew Catholic Church – Roanoke)
  • Barbara Hairfield (Our Lady of Perpetual Help – Salem)