Fr. Sean Loomis, priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has teamed up with Ascension Press to create the new Hands of Grace Glossary. This is a resource available through the Ascension Press website. An estimated 5.4 million deaf or hard-of-hearing Catholics live in the U.S. and lack catechetical resources to deepen their faith. This is one big reason why this glossary has been created to make outreach to the deaf and hearing-impaired populations.
Often times, people within these populations do not feel a connection to their faith and wind up leaving the Church studies have shown as the book addresses, thus the reason for creating this glossary is to make outreach to them to help them to find the answers they are looking for related to the faith journey.
Fr. Sean Loomis is a convert to the Catholic faith, and he serves as the chaplain to the deaf apostolate in Philadelphia. Hands of Grace also features a workbook which Fr. Loomis authored specifically designed with a visual emphasis to provide a dynamic learning experience for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. The glossary and accompanying 21 videos which are part of the program are a wonderful way to minister to the deaf and hearing impaired. Go to the Ascension Press to learn more about the glossary and resources. Highly recommended resource!