Maura Walsh

Author Credentials

Sister Maura Walsh, O.P. (Stodola)

Date of Award


Document Type

Research Paper

Superseded Degree Name

Master of Arts in Special Education-Religious Education (Education of Mentally Handicapped)

Colleges & School

Cardinal Stritch College

Degree Granted By

Cardinal Stritch College

First Advisor

Sister Sheila Haskett, O.S.F.

Library of Congress Subject Heading

People with disabilities--Religious life; People with mental disabilities--Social aspects; Church work with people with mental disabilities--Catholic Church


The purpose of this study is to determine the effectiveness of a program for adult retarded men to whom the Gospel has been systematically preached in a residential setting where fellowship and service are dramatically evident day in and day out. The conviction of the experimenter is that these men have had a unique life-experience, that although they are limited in the maturity necessary for marriage, rearing of children and the complex functioning of life in the business world, they have experienced the Good News of Jesus. The life they have shared in the residential setting with dedicated sisters and the daily Eucharistic celebration have prepared them for a Christian ministry. That the lived experience is essential basis for fellowship and service cannot be questioned. The aim of the study was to deepen the awareness of these men so that the Gospel so familiar to them could be a conscious source of celebration and power to them in their life of fellowship and service with and to one another.


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