Deaf Aposolate Internship Program is now available through the Office of the Apostolate for the Deaf in Boston. This program offers full or part time learning experiences:
- for those who are interested in starting or enhancing their American Sign Language skill including signing religious texts/services and theological concepts
- for those initiation Deaf Ministry in their dioceses
- for those who want to expand Deaf ministry
- for those interested in working with Deaf Catholic
- for priest, pastoral workers, internship students, and seminarians (summer internship available)
The program length varies depending on your particular learning goals, the course length at your selected college/university, and the completion of your ministerial with the Deaf.
"I had a great time at the Boston Program. I took classes part time at Boston University in the Deaf Studies Department. I also had the opportunity to work with deaf inmates at the prison and also be a teacher's aides to first graders at a local deaf school. I recommend Boston for those who want to learn more about ministry opportunities to the Deaf"
-Rev. Kevin Anderson, Diocese of St. Cloud, MN Sabbatical Participant - Fall 2002
Boston offers many fine highter-education colleges, universities, and deaf schools, where you can study American Sign Language "ASL" and Deaf Culture to develop or enhance your signing skills and Deaf awareness. Enhancing your skills will revitalize your ministry. The following schools we recommend offer excellent academic programs for deaf studies:
- Boston University
- Northeastern University
- The Learning Center for the Deaf
In addition to deaf studies, you may wish to pursue an opportunity to update and renew your theological insights at the following schools:
- Boston College
- St. John's Seminary
- Weston Jesuit School of Theology
- Attend & Participate in weekly ASL Sunday Mass, Leadership Council (similar to Parish Council), and social events at Sacred Heart Parish in Newton, just minutes outside of Boston and as well as other parishes within the Archdiocese
- Learn how to sign Mass and the Sacraments using ASL
- Teaching opportunities in Religious Education classes from First Communion through Confirmation in various setting in the Archdiocese
- Participate in ASL Adult Bible Study, a bi-weekly program at a different person's home each time
- Visit with Deaf senior citizens and attend weekly ASL Mass at the New England Home for the Deaf, an independent living-assisted facility
- Visit with Deaf patients at state prisons
- Visit with Deaf patients at area hospitals
- Many more
As the pivotal point of so many events in American history, Boston in both a celebration of old and new. Modern buildings rub shoulders with historic landmarks. Lush green parks perfectly offset the bustle of a contemporary city. Every corner of its quaint streets offers the anticipation of a glimpse of the past or a peek into the future.
- Freedom Trail: Park Street Church, King's Chapel, Old North Church, Fanueil hall, and many more!
- Boston Area Fully Covered: Cambridge, Charlestown, & Brookline
- Spectator Sports: Bruins, Celtics, Patriots, Red Sox, & Revolutions
- Participate Sports: rowing on the Charles River, biking, skiing, and many more!
- Various academic lecture series, plays, and operas
- Great Excursions to Concord, Lexington, Salem, Cape Cod, Nantucket, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhoda Island, and many more! Also Whale Watching!