Accra, 25 November, 2020 / 8:44 pm (ACI Africa).
The leadership of the Society of African Missions (SMA) in Ghana, the pioneer Catholic Religious Order in the West African nation, has launched the first Deaf apostolate in the country.
In an interview with ACI Africa, the Chaplain of the new apostolate, Fr. René Dan Yao explained that SMA members involved in the initiative are seeking to serve the faithful living with hearing disability who have been “marginalized” for a long time.
“The Deaf people are really marginalized. They have been put aside for a very long time,” Fr. René told ACI Africa Tuesday, November 24, making reference to the new apostolate dubbed St. Martin Deaf Ministry.
The Ivorian-born Cleric highlighted the importance of the Church Sacraments to this group of persons saying, “There is a need for them to be baptized, a need for them to be catechized; they need to receive the Sacrament of confirmation; they need to be administered marriage counselling and they need to be listened to during confirmation.”
He added in reference to the beneficiaries of St. Martin Deaf Ministry, “They too need to receive all the pastoral ministry that we give to the hearing so that they will find a space to listen to the word of God, doing the activities that they would do in order for us all to be saved.”