The purpose of the first phase of the Synod is to enter a process of consultation in order to gather the wealth of experiences that exist within the Catholic Church.  Although every diocese is asked to gather information at their local level, the National Catholic Office of the Deaf is joining the process in a special way to collect the unique perspective of pastoral workers in the  field of Deaf Ministry.  Your responses will be collected and offered to the Unites States Catholic Conference of Bishops and will be included in their general national report  summary to the Vatican.  The following questions serve as the framework to gather your input. This survey does not replace the input needed at the diocesan level. Your thoughts, experiences, insights, hopes and dreams are important to the overall synodal experience!  Thank you for being part of this process!

(Please plan about 30-60 minutes time to finish full survey. Survey Monkey does not allow to save answers and return to complete.)
All responses DUE by APRIL 30, 2022.

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* 1. Your Name (First & Last Name Required)

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* 2. Where do you live? (Required)

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* 3. How do you serve your Diocese in Deaf Ministry? (check all that apply):

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* 4. How long have you been involved in Deaf Ministry?

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* 5. Describe Yourself (select all that apply)

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* 6. Your communication uses/skills/languages (check all that apply)

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* 7. Do you use any of the following communication assistance devices? (check all that apply)

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* 8. How do you best learn about your Catholic faith? (ex. reading, classroom, homily, friends, family, etc...)

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* 9. When learning about your Catholic faith in a classroom setting, rank the following options in the order you prefer to learn:

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* 10. What media services have you used and found most helpful for your faith development?

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* 11. Brief personal history: Describe what your life-journey in the Catholic Church has been like:

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* 12. Where have you seen the Holy Spirit active within your life experience in the Catholic Church?

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* 13. Communion (unity; connection):  Describe a personal experience when you most felt the presence of Jesus Christ.

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* 14. Explain how you enjoy meeting Christ during your journey of life.  (ex. ....at Mass, during a retreat, walking in nature, meeting with family and friends, watching a movie, attending a bible study class, birth of a child, funeral of a loved one, adoration of the Blessed sacrament, reading the bible...etc)

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* 15. Do you experience a sense of communion (unity; connection) with your Catholic Church? Why or why not?

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* 16. What can the Catholic Church do to improve communion (unity; connection) among Her members?

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* 17. What is the biggest obstacle to communion (unity; connection) that you have experienced in the Catholic Church?

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* 18. What do you need from the Catholic Church community?

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* 19. List 5 words that best describe your life experience within the Deaf Apostolate of the Catholic Church: (Explain why you chose those 5 words)

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* 20. Mission: How has the Catholic Church helped bring the Gospel Message to you? …To the Deaf community in the U.S.?

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* 21. How has the Catholic Church been an obstacle (failed) in bringing the Gospel Message to you? …..To the Deaf community in the U.S.?

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* 22. How have we as a Catholic Church evangelized other Deaf individuals well? 

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* 23. Where have we as a Catholic Church made mistakes to reach out to other Deaf Individuals?

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* 24. Why did we  as a Catholic Church fail in evangelizing the Deaf Community? What could we have done differently?

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* 25. What do we, as members of the Body of Christ, need to do to fulfill God’s mission in the world?

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* 26. Participation: What gifts do you have to offer the Catholic Church in her mission of service?

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* 27. Do you feel like you can offer your gifts/skills freely within the Catholic Church? Yes or no? Why or Why not.

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* 28. What help do you need from the Catholic Church to help you fulfill God’s plan for you as a member of His body the church?

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* 29. What do you hope/dream for the Catholic Deaf Community? 

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* 30. What do you hope for the Catholic (Hearing/Deaf) Community?

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* 31. Past 50 Years: Deaf Ministry has changed a lot in the United States during the last 50 years… From your personal experience, what do you remember being well done in the past? 

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* 32. What do you believe has improved in Deaf Ministry over the last 50 years? 

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* 33. What have we forgotten in Deaf Ministry over the last 50 years that we should remember?

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* 34. How has Deaf Culture changed in the US over the past 50 years?

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* 35. What do we as a Catholic Church need to do in order to meet the needs of the Deaf Community in the United States?

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* 36. What do we as a Catholic Church need to do in order to meet the needs of the Deaf Community in the World?

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* 37. What challenges does Catholic Deaf Ministry face for the future?

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* 38. How can the Catholic Church meet the future challenges to Deaf Catholic people?

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* 39. How can the Catholic Church meet the future challenges to Deaf NON-Catholic people?

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* 40. Final Questions: If Pope Francis was sitting with you now, what would you want to ask/tell him?

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* 41. If your diocesan bishop was sitting with you now, what would you want to ask/tell him?

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* 42. If your parish priest was sitting with you now, what would you want to ask/tell him?

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* 43. If Jesus was sitting with you now, what would you want to ask/tell him?

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* 44. What is your dream as a member of the Catholic Church?

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* 45. Through this Synodal process, what has the Holy Spirit been telling you?

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* 46. Anything else:  What other questions/thoughts that you would like to ask/share?

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