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Archbishop's Appeal

The Archbishop’s Appeal is the annual fundraising campaign that provides supplemental financial assistance to institutions, programs and ministries affiliated with the Catholic Church throughout the Archdiocese of San Antonio.

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Deaf Ministry

Deaf Ministry at the Archdiocese of San Antonio

Deaf ministry provides pastoral ministry to and advocates for Deaf individuals in the Archdiocese by making accessible all aspects of the Catholic Faith. Through accessibility and providing the necessary resources, the ministry encourages deaf individuals to participate fully in the sacraments and all aspects of parish and diocesan life.

Deaf Ministry Events

Deaf Retreat

God’s Future Saints: A Deaf Retreat Led by Fr. Mike Depcik

DATE: Friday and Saturday, May 27–28, 2022

SCHEDULE: Friday: 7:00–9:00 PM (San José Room)
Saturday: 9:00 AM–3:00 PM (San José Room)
4:00 PM (Mass at St. Joseph’s Chapel)

LOCATION: Oblate Renewal Center
(5700 Blanco Rd., San Antonio, TX 78216 - Directions)

CONTACT: Angela Mauer | 210-305-5689 (VP) | Email Angela


Pentecost Vigil Mass

Saturday | June 4th at 5:30 PM
Church of the Holy Spirit with Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, M.Sp.S.

Deaf Ministry hosts events throughout the year such as retreats, ASL classes for lay ministers, and interpreter workshops. Sign up for our mailing list or check our calendar for upcoming events.

The Synod in the Archdiocese of San Antonio

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Hello, I have exciting news! In October 2021, Pope Francis announced that our Church will begin a new process together. The process is called the Synodal Process. What does the word synod mean? It means ‘to walk together’. Has that been your experience? What does beginning this process look like? Pope Francis announced that all over the world, each (arch)diocese will establish groups to discuss their experiences. It is not to focus on faith development, studying the Bible, or how much you know; it is focused on your experience. Here in San Antonio, Archbishop Gustavo has called various groups, including the Deaf Community, to form discussion sessions. We have set up a few Deaf discussion groups. One will be in-person and one will be on Zoom. This will allow the opportunity for us to dialogue about the Deaf experience in the Catholic Church. The outcome of this synodal process is for us, as a Church, to improve and we want to include your voice! I encourage you to join a discussion group. I hope you will participate with us and we look forward to walking with you. God bless.

Did you miss our Synodal discussions?

Fill out the Deaf Ministry survey for the Synod  on the NCOD website.

Deaf Ministry at the Archdiocese of San Antonio

Masses with Sign Language Interpreters



Phone Number

St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina
3843 Bulverde Pkwy.
San Antonio, TX 78259

4:30 PM


Our Lady of Perpetual Help
16075 N. Evans Rd.
Selma, TX 78154

10:00 AM


St. Francis of Assisi
4201 De Zavala Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78249

11:15 AM


St. Leo the Great
4415 S. Flores St.
San Antonio, TX 78214

12:00 PM



Deaf Ministry provides support to parishes by providing formation in sign language in order to provide persons with a hearing loss full access to the Faith. To arrange sacramental needs for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing parishioners, contact the Deaf Ministry Director.

Request Interpreting Services

In order to have time to secure an interpreter, requests must be submitted at least two weeks in advance of the date services are needed. Request interpreting services today.


Belonging: Baptism in the Family of God

Be Opened!: The Catholic Church & Deaf Culture 

Publisher: CUA Press, 2021

Be Opened!: The Catholic Church & Deaf Culture (CUA Press, 2021) tells the story of 200 years of sign language in the church. This book is a gift to the church and to the Deaf! For more information on this book visit this website.

downloadMore information

LinkGuidelines for Celebrating the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities

LinkNCOD Policy for Working with Sign Language Interpreters in Catholic Religious Setting

LinkNational Catholic Office for the Deaf (NCOD)

LinkInternational Catholic Deaf Association

LinkFather MD's Kitchen Table

LinkUnited States Conference of Catholic Bishops

LinkTexas Health & Human Services: Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services

LinkSan Antonio College American Sign Language Academic Program

LinkReligious ASL Worshop 2021


Deaf Ministry at the Archdiocese of San Antonio

As a start to ASL catechesis, a national project was developed to translate the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church (YOUCAT) into ASL.  Learn More

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