To promote this mission, the NCOD will:
Raise the national consciousness concerning deaf and hard of hearing people’s position within the Catholic Church;
Encourage deaf and hard of hearing persons to be active in ministry;
Provide pastoral training opportunities;
Share communication, religious education and pastoral training resources;
Develop and disseminate religious education materials;
Provide an annual pastoral conference;
Collaborate with other organizations with a similar mission;
Publish a national magazine, VISION;
Support the national Deaf Cursillo Movement.
The National Catholic Office for the Deaf is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to pastoral ministry with deaf and hard of hearing persons. NCOD serves 5.7 million deaf and hard of hearing Catholics through its pastoral ministry and through its special advocacy to bishops, pastors and families with children who are deaf and hard of hearing.
In the last several years, deaf and hard of hearing people themselves have increasingly assumed leadership roles and responsibility for their own destiny. This grassroots movement among deaf and hard of hearing persons has had a profound effect on the institutions that serve deaf and hard of hearing persons. NCOD takes pride in providing continuing opportunities for deaf and hard of hearing Catholics to become spiritual leaders in the Catholic deaf community. Never before has there been more hope for deaf and hard of hearing people to achieve their potential as sons and daughters of our loving God. NCOD is grateful for its special, unique role enabling Catholic persons who are deaf and hard of hearing to have rich, full and rewarding spiritual lives.
Pastoral Week is an annual conference for pastoral workers who work with the deaf and hard of hearing Catholic community. This conference is also attended by interpreters and lay Catholics involved with or interested in Deaf Ministry. The content provides professional development opportunities as well as spiritual growth for attendees. The location of Pastoral Week is different each year to allow for deaf communities throughout the United States to experience this unique blend of fellowship and faith.
A pastoral ministry offers deaf and hard of hearing Catholics services and support that fosters spiritual development in their own language, American Sign Language (ASL) and provides access to the Church’s pastoral care. This ministry is sensitive to and incorporates aspects of deaf culture to meet the unique needs of this population. Diocesan offices that address ministry to persons who are deaf and hard of hearing and/or persons with disabilities as well as individuals interested in promoting deaf ministry are encouraged to become members of NCOD and benefit from its specialized expertise.