Fr Alex interviews Presvytera Melanie DiStefano on the rewards and challenges of raising a special needs child. She offers observations on how parishes can welcome families with special needs and advice on how families can feel more at ease in community life.
Fr. Alexander Goussetis: Welcome to Family Matters. My name is Fr. Alex Goussetis, and our topic today is special needs parenting. We are joined by Presvytera Melanie DiStefano. Presv. Melanie received a Master of Divinity degree from Holy Cross School of Theology in 2003. She and her husband, Fr. Joseph, live in Campbell, Ohio, with their only son, Michael. Michael has a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and autism. Father and Presvytera serve…