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                                                                            Spred Centers belong to the parish.
                                           Experience has shown that when necessary resources are available
                                                 a parish is able to gather a sufficient number of its members
                                        who form a small community of faith, a community of adult believers
                                                           to welcome those with developmental disabilities
                                                                            and to grow in faith with them
                                        as preparation for their participation in the worship experiences
                                                                              of the parish community.


We provide:

 ANIMATION We help people in local Churches to become aware of the needs of persons with developmental disabilities. We show them how SPRED can assist them in responding to their needs. With the support of the parish leader, we prepare them to take the necessary training.

 MATERIALS for catechesis with the total community and preparation sessions for the catechist community.

Opportunities for OBSERVATION as a learning tool for parish leaders, families, prospective volunteers, catechists.

TRAINING courses  Training can be taken for graduate and undergraduate credit depending on the approval of the college or university.  Workshops, seminars and reflection weekends are offered throughout each Year.

We promote and support area COORDINATION.

SPRED FAMILY LITURGIES at the SPRED Center chapel as a way of modeling for parish leaders, catechists and families, the meaningful ways of participation for persons with developmental disabilities.

 A monthly NEWSLETTER, a reflection on the experience of SPRED ministry .


 March 2021               Accompaniment -The Joy of the Gospel - Fratelli Tutti -The  Catechetical Directory               May 2021                   Reflecting on life experiences through the Spred method, Vivre.

September 2021       Spred faith formation involves a global intuition, synthesis. 

September 2022       Father Jim McCarthy shared his deepest joy to have a catechesis that brings life and has                                           that life celebrated in the Eucharist.

October 2022             A Spred community expresses its process of evangelizing through the environment.       November 2022         Father Jose Santiago OP becomes the Spred chaplain and associate director of Spred. 

December 2022         Spred  is a ministry of encounter with Christ . 

January 2023             Each Spred community formed patiently within the heart of the parish has the potential

                                        to awaken life giving conversion.

February 2023           The foundation of Spred is friendship, the best witness of God's love  and presence to

                                        every person.

March 2023                Cardinal George gives delegation of powers for Confirmation for those with intellectual 

                                       and developmental disabilities to Fr. James McCarthy to be  passed on to pastors who                                               wish to Confirm those in Spred communities of faith. 

April 2023                  The catechist team from Ensenada, Mexico is able to develop a Spred Center after coming                                        to Chicago for training.

May 2023                    We want a life that is good and full of meaning for our friends that includes a rich  inner                                          life of the Spirit.

September 2023       Sister Mary Therese Harrington retires from Spred after 60 years of service.  The story of                                         Sr. Mary's wonderful contribution to the development of Spred ministry is amazing.  

October 2023             Spred, a community of joyful missionaries. Pope Francis calls us to share our joy with                                               others.

November 2023        Kathleen Kaiser retires after 50 years in Spred ministry saying, "I received so much more                                         than I gave".

December 2023         Fr. Jose Santiago OP, Spred Chaplain, describes the Spiritual experience made possible                                            for persons with developmental disabilities during a Spred Family Eucharistic                                                              celebration.

January 2024             Faith lies dormant within the soul.  It waits hopefully for a nudge to call it forth and                                                  taste communion with God.    Julie and Bob Hess

February 2024           Discovering who we are, enriching our lives and the life of the Church as we grow in

                                        faith together

March 2024               Larry Adams reflects on how one's involvement with Spred leads to a deeper and more 

                                      profound life of prayer. 

                                      Also:  Announcement of Sr. Susanne Gallagher's retirement as Assoc. Director of Spred.

April 2024                 A Student at Catholic Theology University, CTU, reflects on his experience of observing a                                        Spred catechetical session and becoming a Spred catechist. 

May 2024                   A previous story of Fr. James McCarthy sharing a conversation with Sister  Susanne                                                  regarding her focus on the preparation phase of the Spred method of catechesis is                                                      presented.                       


                                                             For more information contact Spred 




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