Archbishop Timothy Dolan Recognizes Courage and Dignity of Disabled at Annual Mass


May 16, 2011, New York, NY--Following a tradition started by Cardinal John O’Connor, Archbishop Timothy Dolan celebrated the annual archdiocesan Mass for the Disabled on Sunday, May 15 at 2:00 p.m. in St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Sponsored by Catholic Charities New York, the Mass welcomed 600 individuals who face physical, cognitive and psychological challenges daily, and who served as the deacon, readers and altar servers for the Mass.

The Mass will be concelebrated by Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, executive director of Catholic Charities, and Father John R. Sheehan, SJ, chairperson of the Board of the Xavier Society of the Blind.

Challenged and disabled individuals and their families traveled to this annual recognition of their courage, determination and dignity from parishes throughout New York and the surrounding area, and from the human service agencies of the Catholic Charities federation.

The Mass for Disabled is a celebration of the life and dignity of people challenged in various ways. It is also a statement of concern for and commitment to the well-being of the disabled and an expression of gratitude for their gifts.