– CEUs APPROVED –
“Deaf & Hearing Teams in Church”
10:00 am to 1 :15 pm ..3 CEUs
Fr. Michael Depcik will discuss different aspects of how to have collaborative teamwork between deaf and hearing individuals in pastoral settings for Deaf Catholics and in religious settings. Fr. Mike, who is Deaf, has worked with, and trained, hearing people serving the Deaf Community.
The objectives for this presentation will be to:
1) provide a rationale for a Deaf and hearing team;
2) develop a sensitivity to bi-cultural issues
3) provide an overview of professional Deaf educators’
experience and make applications to ASL
interpreters working with Deaf individuals D
4) develop collaborative teamwork
ABOUT FATHER MIKE:
Fr. Michael Depcik, OSFS, is among fewer than a handful of culturally Deaf priests worldwide. Fr. MD, as he is known, was ordained a priest in 2000 in the congregation of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. As the Director of St. John’s Deaf Center in Eastpointe, Michigan, he ministers to deaf Catholics in the Archdiocese of Detroit. In 2008, Fr. MD established a vlog website called Fr. MD’s Kitchen Table at www.frmd.org.
Fr. Depcik, a graduate of St. Rita School for the Deaf in Cincinnati, Ohio, has a Master of Arts degree in Divinity from Ss. Cyril & Methodius Seminary and Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling from Gallaudet University. Due to the nature of his ministry, he has a lot of experience of pastoral work dealing with grieving.
Fr. MD, born and raised in Chicago, is a second generation member of a Deaf family. He travels often to give presentations.
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