SPRED (Special Religious Development)

For more information on this ministry, contact the Parish Office at 708-895-6700


This group is an Archdiocesan program embracing a unique mission: to provide appropriate and meaningful experiences of faith formation, sacramental preparation and worship for children and adults with developmental disabilities.
Annette Leber and her group of volunteers/catechists give parishioners an inviting place and opportunity to connect with individuals with disabilities, and offers ways to more fully include persons with developmental disabilities and persons with learning problems into our parish assembly of worship through the process of education.

St. Ann SPRED group serves adults ages 22 and older. Other neighboring parishes serve groups for children 6-10 years old, adolescents ages 11-16 and young adults ages 17-21.

No special talents are needed to join the SPRED team, just a kind and loving heart. Each volunteer, called a catechist, is paired with one disabled friend. Together they learn from each other, and experience joy, laughter, prayer, hope and fellowship. Catechists meet September to June. You need to be 21 to volunteer. No prior experience with developmentally disabled persons is needed. Training is offered every fall and spring. Enrichment is on-going.


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