SPRED Program: Faith Formation and Inclusion for Children & Adults with Developmental Disabilities
Information Meetings Scheduled at St. Benedict & St. Andrew
SPRED is an agency of the Archdiocese of Chicago which has designed a unique program for people living with various developmental disabilities or learning problems. With the support of the SPRED Agency, a parish welcomes these children and adults into a small faith community where they form friendships with people from the parish who journey with them in faith. SPRED helps each participant to know God and prepare them for full participation in the sacramental life of the parish
Each SPRED community chooses to focus on a particular age grouping in order to respect the chronological age and life experiences of their Friends. They fall into the following categories: 6-10 year old children; 11-16 year old teens; 17-21 year old young people; and adults (22 years and older). A parish is part of an area or deanery effort to assure inclusion in a SPRED program from childhood throughout adulthood.