Archbishop's Appeal

The Archbishop’s Appeal is the annual fundraising campaign that provides supplemental financial assistance to institutions, programs and ministries affiliated with the Catholic Church throughout the Archdiocese of San Antonio.

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Ministry to Those with Special Needs

Ministry for Persons with Disabilities at the Archdiocese of San Antonio

The same Jesus who heard the cry for recognition from the disabled of Judea and Samaria two thousand years ago calls us, his followers, to embrace our responsibility to our own disabled brothers and sisters. (USCCB – Pastoral Statement of the U.S. Catholic Bishops on Persons with Disabilities)


The Archdiocese of San Antonio aims to further the spiritual, intellectual, moral, and physical development of every member of the Body of Christ. The Archdiocese reaches out to the disabled so that they can fully participate in the life of the parish, in worship services, recreational events and other activities. The Archdiocesan Ministry for Persons with Disabilities serves as an educational/informational resource to develop and advocate for the most vulnerable in our communities.

Contact your neighborhood parish to learn more about the services and ministries they offer for those that are disabled. Click here to find a parish near you.

If you are a parish leader (volunteer or staff) and need assistance starting a ministry or service to those that are disabled in community, contact your Parish Life Liaison or the Department for Pastoral Ministries by email or call 210-734-1952.


Other Contacts

Gloria Zapian

Secretariat Director for
Evangelization, Catechesis, and Faith Formation

Phone210-734-1960

Email Email Gloria

Aaron Castillo

Secretariat Director for Mission:
Life, Justice, Peace, Outreach & Young Adults

Phone210-734-1655

Email Email Aaron

A society truly welcomes life when it recognizes that it is also precious in old age, in disability, in serious illness and even when it is fading; when it teaches that the call to human fulfillment does not exclude suffering; indeed, when it teaches its members to see in the sick and suffering a gift for the entire community, a presence that summons them to solidarity and responsibility. (Pope Francis, Message of Pope Francis to Participants in the General Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life on the Occasion of the 20th Anniversary of its Founding)