In fishing around the net for information on religious orders and mental illness I found an order that accepts those with disabilities no matter what they would be…Here is the link and an excerpt from the article:
New religious order open to disabled
ALBANY, N.Y. – “We don’t discriminate against the able-bodied,” says Louise Principe. That is her explanation for why the Franciscan Missionaries of Jesus Crucified, which she founded in 1987 as a path of consecreated life for people with disabilities, also welcomes those who have none.
“Disabilities catch up with us all, sooner or later,” she adds. At the end of their annual retreat this summer, Principe was one of the first four missionaries to profess perpetual vows. Four others made their temporary profession at the same time and nine new candidates were welcomed.
Bishop Howard J. Hubbard of Albany, who authorized the formation of the group eight years ago, presided over the rite of consecration.
In just eight years the group has attracted 35 members – six men and 29 women. Eventually they hope to receive formal church recognition as a secular institute – a society of Catholics who live and work in the world but take public vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.
Principe, who uses a wheelchair, is a former nun who had to leave her order, partly to care for her father and partly because of her disabilities. She said several other members also had to leave their religious orders or were not accepted as candidates because of severe disabilities.
Even though it is a secular institute it’s a good start… This is something I will definitely be looking into…
Edited to add their contact info:
Founded in 1987 in Albany, New York, USA; approved as an association of the faithful, January 7, 1992.
Louise D. Principe, FMJC
400 Central Avenue, Apt 3D
Albany, NY 12206-2207
Tel: 518 438 5887