A new website is being launched via video conferencing today as a Catholic ministry resource for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community across Australia.
Developed by the Australian Catholic Disability Council with the support of the Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life, the new website contains a series of liturgical resources with Australian Sign Language (Auslan) and live captioning.
Bishop Terry Brady, Bishops Delegate to the Australian Catholic Disability Council, said, ‘A major challenge is to ensure that all people are included in the life of the Church in Australia. We must assist and ensure that the deaf and hard of hearing community can fully participate in the life of the Church in Australia.
‘The new website has been developed as a resource for families, parishes, schools, church agencies and diocesan personnel. This website, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community Catholic Ministry, encourages church agencies and faith communities to discover and celebrate the beauty and strength of the body of Christ by promoting participation of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community, including their family and friends, in the life of the Church.’
Patricia Mowbray, Project Officer for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, said, ‘The new website creates opportunities for participation in an environment where everyone is valued, gifted and acknowledged. Let us strive to become inclusive communities’.
The launch takes place today, Thursday 22nd October 2015, at 2pm Australian Eastern daylight saving time (AEDT).
Registration to join the website launch is open until 2pm AEDT.
Visit the new website at: deafministry.catholic.org.au
The launch is being facilitated by Cisco Systems, Inc.
Media queries, please contact Aoife Connors on 0450 348 597 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Patricia Mowbray