In 1992, Pope John Paul ll instituted the World Day of the Sick to be held on the commemoration of Our Lady of Lourdes. Each year the Dublin Diocese Committee for World Day of the Sick choose a theme to focus its attention. This year the committee will host a conference on the 5th February 2011 in All Hallows College as part of the diocesan celebration of World Day of the Sick. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will celebrate Mass the next day in St. Anthony’s Church, Clontarf on Sunday 6th February at 3pm.
The National Chaplaincy for Deaf People have been asked to collaborate with this committee and to invite individuals from various organisations involved with the Deaf Community such as the Irish Deaf Society, DeafHear.ie, the Catholic Institute for Deaf People and Irish Sign Language Interpreters, to develop a theme that would communicate the experience of Deaf People as they encounter illness in their lives. The theme of the conference is: “The Care of Deaf People in Times of Sickness”.
Our hope is that the day itself will provide a great opportunity to promote the importance of communication with Deaf People in mainstream settings such as hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, hospice care and indeed in places where Deaf People are in need different kinds of support; pastoral support, medical support and spiritual support. This day is open to all medical professionals, care-givers, hospital chaplains as well as members of the Deaf Community and is meant to enlighten, encourage and support those who attend. Registration begins at 9am on the day and the conference will conclude by 4.15pm. If you plan to attend please let us know by contacting me, Trisha Conway 087660349 (text or mobile) to help us calculate numbers for catering.