Deaf Ministry

The mission of Deaf Ministry is to provide priestly pastoral care and the full scope of the liturgy and Catholic Sacraments to deaf Catholics through the parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Northeast Minneapolis. The Archdiocesan Office for the Deaf joined this parish in 1986, and today, there are 170 registered families.

Father Tom Margevicius heads this ministry and has ministered to the deaf for 18 years. There are only 2 priests in this Archdiocese who know sign language, so for Father Margevicius, ministering to the deaf is a lifelong commitment. The liturgy provided at Our Lady of Mount Carmel is a unique blended experience, because Mass is spoken while simultaneously being signed.

All people are welcome to celebrate Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel and greet deaf brothers and sisters. Most deaf Catholics stay away from Mass because they feel unwanted. Only 4% of deaf people consider themselves people of faith. There is a great opportunity to evangelize among the deaf.

Did you know?

  • The Archdiocesan Office for the Deaf joined Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Northeast Minneapolis in 1986.
  • At Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the priest signs, the choir signs, and the music is signed to allow the community to fully participate using the deaf language and culture. This is much different than an interpreted mass which is more so a three-way communication between the priest, the interpreter, and the deaf individual.

2017 CSAF Goal Amount: $39,733

Father Tom Margevicius and Deacon Powers
Father Tom Margevicius and Deacon Powers

For most ministries, CSAF funds only part of their annual budget. Some ministries have other sources of funds, such as participant fees and direct donor gifts for some of their programs.