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Faith clubs provide formation for disabled adults

By Jessica Able, Record Staff Writer-Archdiocese of Louisville

Several parishes and volunteers in the Archdiocese of Louisville have been providing faith formation for developmentally disabled adults for a quarter of a century. This ministry is set to expand this fall.

Currently, the archdiocese has four Faith Clubs that aim to foster the Catholic faith among these adults in a safe, comfortable environment, said Maureen Grisanti Larison, consultant for adult formation and initiation in the archdiocesan Office of Lifelong Formation and Education.

“The goal is to promote inclusion in the parish life,” she said. “There are a wide variety of people in parish life. This is a place for (developmentally disabled adults) to feel at home.

“They may not be able to sit down and read a Why Catholic? book or participate in a traditional Bible study, but this they can do,” she said, noting that the clubs have 50 to 60 members in total. “It gives them a place to share their faith in a way that is accessible to them.”

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For more information about the Faith Clubs contact Maureen Larison,, (502) 636-0296 Ext. 1269.

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