Bishop wants Mass accessible to hearing-impaired
Created by djackson on 10/11/2013 11:45:00 AM


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP): The Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend is working to become more accessible to those with hearing impairments through an initiative led by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades.


Rhoades has asked two current seminarians to learn sign language to celebrate Mass and provide sacraments. He's also sponsoring a Day of Reflection for the Deaf on Saturday in hopes of drawing out deaf Catholics.

The diocese offers a sign language interpreter at Mass occasionally at churches in Fort Wayne and South Bend but wants to reach out to others in the community.

Rhoades says he'd like to see the celebrant sign at more Masses.


Rhoades helped create a deaf Catholic community in Harrisburg, Pa., and is a moderator for the National Catholic Office for the Deaf.