"I sleep but my heart watches over this house which I have built."     St. Thèodora Guèrin   



SPRED is a special religious development program sponsored by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis under the auspices of the Office of Catholic Education. It is specifically designed to meet the spiritual needs of persons with developmental disabilities.

SPRED invites and trains up to eight volunteers from a parish to prepare a special place: a small community of faith, specifically formed to welcome persons with developmental disabilities. Within these communities of faith, participants discover friendship in one-on-one relationships, a place where they belong, and their own giftedness and dignity.

Parish SPRED centers welcome persons with developmental disabilities according to chronological age. There are four groupings:


•  Children: 6-10
•  Youth: 11-17
•  Young Adults: 18-21
•  Adults: 22 and older

SPRED provides training and opportunities for observation; SPRED materials and resources for catechesis and special liturgies. You can learn more about SPRED through the Office of Catholic Education, 317-236-1448 or (800)382-9836 ext. 1448 or by contacting Erin Jeffries at ejeffries@archindy.org.

Local SPRED Groups:

  •  Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Indianapolis
•  Richmond Catholic Community, Richmond
•  St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Seymour
•  St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, Indianapolis
•  St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church, Indianapolis
•  St. Malachy Catholic Church, Brownsburg
•  St. Mark the Evangelist, Indianapolis
•  St. Meinrad Catholic Church, St. Meinrad
•  St. Monica Catholic Church, Indianapolis
•  St. Paul Catholic Church, Tell City
•  St. Pius X Catholic Church, Indianapolis
•  St. Simon the Apostle Catholic Church, Indianapolis


Annual SPRED Events


 SPRED Dinner Dance: February 20,2016  
 Archdiocesan Disability Awareness 
and SPRED Family Liturgy
                       April 3, 2016
 SPRED Overnight Retreat
 August 8-9th 2015
The Benedict Inn, Beech Grove, IN  
Click HERE to see a photo album from our 2014 retreat "Hallelujah Luau" 
 SPRED Catechist Evening of Reflection
      September 9th, 2015 5:00-9:00 pm
     Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House

More information about the SPRED Program:


•  SPRED Mission Statement 
•  SPRED Ministry Description 
•  Roles in a SPRED Center