Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Preaching the Gospel in sign language

Deaf Catholics can evangelize where others cannot go
Carol Stokes, Toronto archdiocese deaf ministries coordinator, and Richard Csabi,
national chairman of the Canadian Section of the International Catholic
Deaf Association, sign "I love you." Deborah Gyapong / CCN.
The B.C. Catholic has a story by Deborah Gyapong, who recently attended a conference of deaf Catholics:
The Church needs deaf Catholics and their gifts, for they can reach people that only they can reach to pass on the Gospel.

That’s the message Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, SJ, gave delegates at the 11th National Conference of the Canadian Section of the International Catholic Deaf Association (ICDA) in Ottawa July 9-14. He gave his message at a special Mass where most of the participants responded in sign language and hymns were sung with hands.

According to ICDA Canadian Section’s general chairman Richard Csabi, deaf Catholics have built a loving fellowship that is poised to reach out to deaf Canadians who have either fallen away from the Catholic Church or who have never heard the Gospel.
Read the full story at The B.C. Catholic website.

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