Married couple don’t let disabilities get in the way of serving the church

Voice of Ability
By Beth and Marvin Patterson
We met through some friends. We were married in May 1987 at Blessed Sacrament Church in Wichita by Fr. James J. Billinger.
We both have a learning disability, and I am hearing impaired – deaf in one ear, limited hearing in the other ear.
We have owned our own home for 21 years. All paid for. We recently remodeled our home in-and-out. We go to St. Joseph Church where we are both Eucharistic ministers.
Marvin belongs to the St. Margaret Mary Council 3677 Knights of Columbus. We like to volunteer for the Ministry with Persons with Disabilities at the Midwest Catholic Family Conference, the Sedgwick County ARC, and Faith and Light.
Speaking of Faith and Light, we are co-coordinators for our group, Light of Christ Faith and Light Group. We meet the first Thursday of the month at St. Joseph Church. Faith and Light started in 1971 by Marie Helen Mathieu and Jean Vanier. There are 1,500 groups world-wide for persons with disabilities and special needs.
I work for First Student School Bus Services as a monitor for Special Education routes, USD 259. Marvin is retired now. He loves it! He loves to garden and mow grass. He keeps very busy.