Deaf priest to use ASL in Catholic Mass celebration

Summarized by Juli Holbert, Staff Writer

A deaf priest in West Hartford, Connecticut, will be celebrating Mass in American Sign Language the first Sunday of every month.

Father Thomas Coughlin, a former general of the Dominican Missionaries for the Deaf and Disabled, was named to to serve as chaplain of the Archdiocese of Hartford’s Deaf Apostolate. Coughlin earned the title of first ordained deaf priest in North America in 1977.

Coughlin has been involved in for the International Catholic Deaf Association, a Catholic deaf youth and adult program and worked as a pastor for St. Benedict’s Parish for the Deaf.

The parish has and will continue to celebrate ASL-interpreted Mass every Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

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