Deaf Ministry

Ministry to the deaf provides occasional retreat opportunities and sign language interpretation at select Catholic events, helping ensure full inclusion

Our ministry lead for Deaf Ministry

Deaf Min

Meet Jennifer Huxtable, a member of our Catholic deaf community who spearheads supplemental programming for the Catholic deaf and deaf-blind community in Western Washington.


"Hi!  I'm Jennifer Huxtable.  I grew up in Iowa and currently live in Kent, Washington.  I come from a Catholic family.  I am deaf and use American Sign Language.  I graduated from NTID, National Technical Institute for the Deaf, in Rochester NY in 1991 (at Rochester Institute of Technology) and I also graduated from Gallaudet University in Washington DC in 1997.  I lived in Madison, WI for two years in between college but decided to return to college for a change of career.  I am happily married and have 4 lovely children.  My hope is to expand the ministry in the next year or so with bible studies, retreats, workshops, etc."

Our core initiative

Sign language interpretation for Catholic events


Whenever members of the Catholic deaf community would like to participate fully in archdiocesan events, they can request the provision of sign language interpreters. To arrange for interpretation, please contact the Pastoral Care & Outreach office listed below.

Children, both deaf and hearing, “signed” the responsorial psalm during a recent Mass at St. Patrick Church in Seattle, held in conjunction with a five-day conference of the National Catholic Office for the Deaf. Deaf ministry has been part of the Seattle parish since the 1980s. NWC ICYMI April 2018

Deaf Ministry resources


Joe Cotton

Executive Director | Office of the Vicar General

206-382-4847 |

710 9th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104-2017