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Deaf Apostolate

Provides consultation and deaf/hard of hearing awareness and information to Catholics.

The Deaf Apostolate staff of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, provide deaf/hard of hearing awareness, information, and education. They serve as consultants for Deaf/hard of hearing persons in Catholic parishes and schools. This office coordinates, implements, and evaluates services and programs for Deaf, hard of hearing, and Deaf/blind persons. Staff members recruit and train individuals to serve the religious needs of the Deaf, hard of hearing, and Deaf/blind people within the archdiocese.

The Deaf Apostolate assists parishes to identify needs and plan to achieve accessibility goals. Members of the Office of the Deaf Apostolate work closely with the Wisconsin School for the Deaf, the Deaf/Blind Center and the International Catholic Deaf Association.

Hand in Hand Newsletter

A quarterly publication by the The Deaf Apostolate.

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Signed or Interpreted Masses for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Listing of parishes in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee that offer signed or interpreted Masses for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

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  When is a sign language interpreter provided in church?

An interpreter is provided upon request.

The Deaf Apostolate Office will work with individual parishes to establish services to meet the communication needs of the members.

  Are there religious education programs that specifically serve the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population?

Yes. St. Andrew Parish, in Delavan, teaches kindergarteners through seniors in high school. St. Matthias Parish, in Milwaukee, teaches child and adult religious education. An interpreter can also be scheduled for any religious education program.

Fr. Christopher Klusman

CNA Newsroom: "More Than Words"

The Deaf Apostolate is overjoyed with a podcast posting on the Catholic News Agency (CNA) website featuring your very own Fr. Christopher Klusman! This podcast does a great job presenting some of the current issues within the Catholic Deaf Community. You can listen to the podcast and/or watch on YouTube.

Fr. Christopher Klusman
Director of the Deaf Apostolate

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The Archdiocese of Milwaukee

3501 South Lake Drive
St. Francis, WI 53235

Phone:  (414) 769-3300
Toll-Free: (800) 769-9373
Fax:  (414)  769-3408