Asian Catholic Deaf Conference 1


The Catholic deaf groups of Asia started a conference held every three years to bring the Catholic deaf people together for a time of learning and celebrating our faith together. This third conference, delayed several years by Covid, attracted 150 participants.

Four of us from Cambodia attend ADCC 3 in Jakarta. Here we have arrived at the Samadi Center at 1:30 AM and encountered a Filipino deaf family I first met in Cebu in the Philippines 35 years ago.
In the morning our group was fortunate to encounter Fr. Park Min Seo, a deaf priest from Korea, who is the main figure in the Catholic deaf church of Asia.
The curse of the Internet is that work follows one everywhere. Shortly after breakfast, Julie Lawler and I participated in a Zoom meeting with two technical assistants in New York who are coming to teach interpreter training in Cambodia.
The first formal activity of the conference was an opening mass presided over by Fr. Park Min Seo who welcomed everyone and invited their participation.
In the evening, the South Koreans had not yet arrived but everyone else gathered for an introductory session to explain what would happen during the next five days.