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National Chaplaincy for Deaf People

The National Chaplaincy for Deaf People has been providing pastoral care for Deaf people for over 150 years.

There is a strong focus on working with the Deaf community in Dublin, especially the school, residences and the centre for Deaf people in Deaf Village Ireland. There is also a focus on supporting the Deaf Community throughout Ireland through the provision of chaplaincy services that combine spiritual and pastoral care.

About the National Chaplaincy

The aim of the National Chaplaincy for Deaf People is to serve and work with Deaf People and the Deaf Community anzd to provide liturgical services, pastoral and spiritual support across the 32 counties of Ireland.

The National Chaplaincy for Deaf People provides Sacramental and Pastoral outreach supports for the Deaf Community across the 32 counties of Ireland.

The NCDP currently has one priest of the Dublin archdiocese, Fr Paddy Boyle, who is appointed as chaplain to the Deaf in the Dublin archdiocese, and three lay chaplains based in Dublin, Cork and Belfast.

The Emmaus Chapel in Deaf Village Ireland, Cabra, is the focal point of the NCDP and the Dublin chaplain also provides religious support to St Joseph’s Supported Living Services , Holy Family School for the Deaf (of which Reach Deaf Services is Trustee) in Cabra, and the Boarding residences run by Reach Deaf Services in support of the school. The NCDP is supported by one office administrator, also employed by Reach Deaf Services and based in Cabra.

The NCDP is funded by Reach Deaf Services, the Archdiocese of Dublin and the Irish Episcopal Conference with each Diocese making a contribution to the work of the Chaplaincy.