Father Thomas Coughlin has fulfilled a lifelong dream by starting his own order, the Dominican Missionaries for the Deaf Apostolate. Deaf since birth, Coughlin has always wanted to start an order where sign language is the primary means of communication. Based in San Francisco, CA, the order currently has 5 men, who made their final profession of vows in Oakland, CA on August 27. Fr. Thomas Coughlin, the founder, was joined by Brothers Gregoire Ubara and Isidore Niyongabo who are Deaf and Brothers Adam Zawadzki and Andrew Sanchez, who are hearing.
It is always encouraging to this baby boomer Catholic, to see new vocations, and especially new orders being created. But having an order specially dedicated to working with those who are Deaf is very exciting. To find out more about this new order, visit their website.