Author Credentials

Sister Mary Magdalene Buergler, O.S.B.

Date of Award


Document Type

Research Paper

Superseded Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (Special Religious Education)

Colleges & School

Cardinal Stritch College

Degree Granted By

Cardinal Stritch College

First Advisor

Sister Gabrielle Kowalski, O.S.F.

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Children with disabilities--Religious life; Children with mental disabilities--Education; Children with mental disabilities--Religious life;Religious education;Religious education of children


The mentally retarded have a right to three separate dimensions in the program of religious education: 1. The right to hear the Good News belongs to everyone. The mentally retarded child needs to hear the Word of God and experience the love of Jesus as does every person. 2. He also has a right to find Christian fellowship and community among the People of God. This includes participation in the life of the Church through liturgy and reception of the Sacraments, as well as all other parish functions. 3. And finally, the mentally retarded person has a right to be involved in service to the Christian community as an expression of his commitment in faith. The purpose of this research paper is to present what the literature describes as desirable components for special religious education programs and to suggest various organizational models with their specific recommendations and reservations.


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