Jerome LeJeune

Venerable Jerome Lejeune Fellowship

Word on Fire is excited to announce our newest Word on Fire Institute fellowship: The Venerable Jerome Lejeune Fellowship. ⁠

Through this fellowship, the Word on Fire Institute is seeking to advocate for people with cognitive and developmental disabilities (especially those with Down Syndrome) in the Church and in the culture. 

Jerome Lejeune was a French geneticist who committed his life to better understanding Down Syndrome and raising awareness about those with the condition. ⁠

The Lejeune Fellowship bears witness to the Church and culture about the necessity of integrating people with cognitive and developmental disabilities as valued and fully participating members in apostolic work and mission. ⁠

The Venerable Jerome Lejeune Fellow creates and develops evangelization and catechetical resources, materials, and opportunities for people with cognitive and developmental disabilities. In addition to these responsibilities, the Lejeune Fellow serves as a public advocate for cognitively and developmentally disabled people.

The Fellow serves as a public representative of the Word on Fire Institute with the mission of raising awareness about the indispensable role people with cognitive and intellectual disabilities have in the Church and in the culture. Further, the Fellow will advocate and model the pro-life teachings of the Church, especially as they concern people with intellectual and cognitive disabilities.

If you know anyone who could be a strong candidate for this fellowship position, please direct them to the Word on Fire Careers Page to apply or click the button below.

The Fellow’s first task is to utilize his or her requisite knowledge and experience to assist Word on Fire in its efforts to hire a person with an intellectual and/or developmental disability to serve as a second Lejeune Fellow.

The two Fellows will work together on developing evangelization and catechetical materials that are age appropriate, beautifully designed, helpful, and relevant, as well as evangelically and catechetically rich.

A Message from Bishop Robert Barron

“With this new fellowship, the Word on Fire Institute will provide a much-needed analysis of, and contribution toward, greater inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Church and in the culture. I am excited for the new Fellow to begin his or her work and find ways to both reach and collaborate with this community in our mission of evangelization.”

Support the Venerable Jerome Lejeune Fellowship

We need your help to establish this important fellowship and support the vital work of the Fellows to invite our brothers and sisters with intellectual and developmental disabilities into the Church’s evangelization efforts.

This is an ambitious endeavor, but it’s also an exciting opportunity to raise awareness, build community, learn, and grow as a people of faith.

Venerable Jerome Lejeune, pray for us!

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