Ministries to the Deaf
The Diocese of New York seeks to welcome all of God's people into the life and worship of the Church. Within our boundaries we have the oldest church in the United States for people who are Deaf, St. Ann’s Church for the Deaf, founded in 1852. At the Cathedral of St. John the Divine we regularly interpret major services, such as the annual Blessing of the Animals. A number of our parishes now offer assisted listening devices for people who are experiencing hearing loss. And in the future we hope to have new accessible ministries throughout the diocese.
Bishop Dietsche has establish the position of Pastoral Missioner to the Deaf in order to provide resources directly to New York Episcopalians who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing and to assist our more than 200 parishes and facilities in welcoming people who are Deaf, Deafblind, hard of hearing, blind or visually impaired.
Please feel free to explore our various services and ministries, and let us know how we may assist you.