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The National Catholic Bioethics Center
Fostering Programs that Respect the Life and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities
February 2016
© 2020 by The National Catholic Bioethics Center

NCBC Collaborates with NCPD to Foster Programs and Policies that
Respect the Life and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities

February 18, 2016

The National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC) and the National Catholic Partnership on Disibility (NCPD) have been collaborating to protect the life and dignity of all persons, especially those with disabilities, through joint statements, public comment on government policies, and providing testimony to state legislatures in opposition to Physician Assisted Suicide.  The NCPD Ethics and Public Policy Committee is chaired by Dr. Marie T. Hilliard, NCBC’s Director of Bioethics and Public Policy.  The NCPD ( is an excellent source of resource material and guidance for parishes and dioceses, to enable them to foster inclusion in the life of the Church.  NCPD recognizes, annually, through an award funded by Loyola Press, parishes who have been models of inclusion for persons with disabilities.  This year’s national winner is Saint John Chrysostom Parish of Wallingford, PA.



In the photo on the day of granting the award are: Left to right: Dr. Marie Hilliard of the National Catholic Bioethics Center, Fr. Rev. Edward J. Hallinan, Pastor of St. John Chrysostom, Janice Benton Director of NCPD, and Sr. Kathleen Schipani, Administrator of the Office for Persons with Disabilities & Deaf Apostolate in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and Board Chair of NCPD.