Who We Are

Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and adults need a place where they can feel welcome and comfortable as they develop their relationship with God and God’s people.  Often Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons feel “out of place” when they attend a parish that does not offer services in American Sign Language(ASL).  The Deaf need to communicate with God and worship in a “Deaf Friendly” environment, one that uses ASL, the language of the Deaf.  We offer a ministry with the Deaf and try to meet the spiritual and social needs of persons who are Deaf or experience a hearing loss of any kind.

The Office of Ministry with the Deaf has two Co-Directors who will “pay attention” to your needs and try to welcome and include you and your family into every aspect of Catholic Parish Life.   We desire to empower Deaf and hard of hearing persons to become active members of the Catholic Deaf Ministry as well as the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Camden.  

kateKate Slosar, is a Deaf woman who comes to us from Detroit,Michigan.  Kate ministered as a pastoral worker in two Deaf Parishes in the Archdiocese of  Detroit.  She has a MA in Pastoral Studies with the Deaf from St. Thomas University  in Miami, FL and is Vice President of the International Catholic Deaf Association-US (ICDA-US) and a Board Member of the National Catholic Office of the Deaf (NCOD).  Kate moved to the Diocese of Camden in 2010.  '

bonnieSister Bonnie McMenamin, SSJ is a Sister of St. Joseph of Philadelphia, PA.   Sister began her ministry with the Deaf in 1987 as a teacher at Archbishop Ryan School for the Deaf in Philadelphia, PA.  Sister Bonnie also has a Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral   Studies with the Deaf from St. Thomas University in FL. and a certificate in Spiritual Direction .  Sister has ministered with the Deaf in the Diocese of Camden since 2002.

 In order to meet the various needs of the Deaf, we are blessed to have two office sites:  one in the Pastoral Life Office in Camden and one in McDaid Hall, 15 Virginia Avenue, Westmont, NJ.  

Every Sunday, members of the Deaf Community celebrate the Eucharist in American Sign Language (ASL) at the Church of the Holy Saviour, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish.  Fr. Joseph Pham signs the Mass in ASL and the Mass is also voice interpreted for hearing members of the Church.   All are welcome!

We have a vibrant Deaf Community that prays and plays together.  There are many opportunities to come together to pray and socialize in ASL. We invite you to be an active member of our Catholic Deaf Community. As baptized members of the Church we have a right and a responsibility to actively participate in all aspects of the life of the Church.  We are  “Living Signs of God’s Love”… let us lift up holy hands and celebrate God.

The International Catholic Deaf Association – I.C.D.A. Chapter #138 also meets at McDaid Hall, Church of the Holy Saviour, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish, 15 Virginia Avenue, Westmont, NJ.   The ICDA Chapter provides monthly activities and meetings to support the Deaf Life and Deaf Members in the Catholic Church.

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