SPRED (Special Religious Development) is a program in which persons who are developmentally disabled come together with a spiritual friend/catechist to share a one-on-one relationship and form with others a small faith community. SPRED fosters and nourishes spiritual and personal growth by helping those with developmental disabilities discover God’s action and presence in their lives. SPRED gives developmentally disabled parishioners an opportunity for celebration and worship and prepares them for the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist) and Penance (Confession). SPRED serves age groups from children to adults (6-10 years old, 11-16 years old, 17-21 years old, and 22 years and older).

SPRED Locations

All Saints parish (Manassas), ages 6-10 and 11-16

Basilica of St. Mary (Alexandria), ages 11-16

Church of the Nativity (Burke), ages 6-10

Corpus Christi parish (South Riding), ages 11-16

Holy Spirit parish (Annandale), ages 22+

Our Lady of Hope parish (Potomac Falls), ages 6-10 and 11-16

Sacred Heart parish (Manassas), ages 6-10, 17-21, and 22+