The aim of the NCDP is to serve and work with Deaf People and the Deaf Community and to provide liturgical services and pastoral support across the 32 counties of Ireland.
The NCDP believe that Deaf People like all people are called to know the Good News of Jesus Christ and to share fully and actively in the life of the Church. To support this belief and recognizing the distinctive needs of Deaf People, the Chaplaincy works with the Deaf Community to achieve its aims in the following ways:
We provide interpreting services at diocesan and national religious ceremonies and are available to interpret at religious events such as Baptism, Weddings, First Communion, Confirmation and Funerals.
At present we have three full-time Chaplains on the Team.
Fr. Gerard Tyrrell is the director of the NCDP and is based in Dublin. Ms. Frankie Berry is also based in Dublin. Both of these care for the needs of the Leinster region. Frankie Berry also provides a service to the Connaught region. Fr. Gerard Tyrrell and Ms. Frankie Berry are temporarily providing services in the Munster region.
Ms Denise Flack is based in Belfast and coordinates the serve in Northern Ireland.
There may be times due to a lack of personnel that the chaplaincy team cannot provide an interpreting service for a religious ceremony but while the chaplaincy service does not have the funds to pay for a professional interpreter it can put the family or individual in touch with such services.