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Ministries to the Deaf

St. Ann's Church for the Deaf

St. Ann's Church for the Deaf is the center of ministries to the deaf in our diocese. See our Powerpoint slide shows - click on the links in the right hand menu.

See also Resources for the Deaf

All Are Welcome!

Gallaudet portrait

The Rev. Thomas Gallaudet, founder of St. Ann's Church for the Deaf

The oldest Episcopal church for the deaf in the United States, St. Ann's held its first service in 1852 and was founded officially in 1854 by the Rev. Thomas Gallaudet, who had previously held his first service in Sign Language on October 3, 1852 in the chapel of New York University.

Lay Leaders:

Evelyn Schafer
Melissa Inniss
347.458.9571  (text only) 646.807.4019 VP (Video Phone)
[email protected]

St. Ann's Practices Radical Hospitality!

The St. Ann's congregation is diverse in every way. All are welcome as they come together as one from around the city and the state to praise God. Members come from all racial and ethnic backgrounds and are of all ages. They include deaf, hearing, hard of hearing, fluent signers, so-so signers and non-signers. Families consist of deaf children with hearing parents, hearing children with deaf parents and every other possible combination.

Sunday Services

 We gather every Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
Service Begins at 11:00 a.m. in the lower chapel at
St. George's Church
209 East 16th Street (off 3rd Ave).

Coffee is served before the service.
Lunch is served after the service.

Religious Instruction for Deaf Children

is offered periodically on Sundays

Thursday Meetings

From 11 a.m.
Basement of St. George's Church
Noon to 1 p.m.
Lunch from St. George's Soup Kitchen

After lunch:
Social time at St. Ann's own room includes Bible classes, art and educational programs, museum and theater visits, participation and advocacy in special events.

The Rev. Deacon Eugene Bourquin Appointed Pastoral Missioner to the Deaf

Sept 26, 2018

The Rev. Deacon Gene Bourquin

Bishop Dietsche announced today the appointment of the Rev. Deacon Gene Bourquin as Pastoral Missioner to the Deaf, "to serve as a pastoral caregiver to people who are deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing, blind, or experiencing other sensory loss (hereafter, Deaf), and as a missioner for strengthening the Diocese’s evangelism and ministry to the Deaf, including helping congregations to improve their outreach, welcome, and incorporation of people with sensory challenges.

"Gene comes to this ministry with an exceptional depth of experience," the bishop wrote. "For nearly three decades, he worked at a national rehabilitation center for deaf-blind youths and adults as a sign language interpreter, travel instructor, researcher, and director of community services. Fluent in American Sign Language, he holds numerous certifications, a master’s degree in deafness rehabilitation, and a doctorate in health administration."

Complete Announcement Text

Deacon Bourquin's contact info:
[email protected].


Religious Education at St. Ann's