There are many Centres and schools for the Deaf in Southern Africa and across the borders.
Our base is Mariannhill Monastery, now celebrating 125 years of history. There is a little church for the Deaf at Mariannhill. It seems that this is the first Catholic Church for the Deaf with a Deaf Priest. Thanks to those who years ago accepted a deaf man and gave him an opportunity. Two names stand up, it was Father Urs Fischer, the novice master, and Fr. Damian Webber, The Provincial. Thanks to them, we have church services regularly in the Deaf Way. Deaf People are very fond of socializing after Service, sharing bread with polony and tea. They leave home early, without breakfast, and they have to travel by taxi, costing them R16, to come to church on Sunday.
People come from as far as Pietermaritzburg, Pinetown, Umlazi and Kwa Mashu, the very vast townships of Natal.
We travel to different schools in the area, Inchanga, Fulton, north and south of Durban. Port Shepstone area, Saint Martin de Porres deaf school, Umtata in the Transkei homelands, Port Elizabeth, East London in the Eastern Cape, Cape Town in the Western Cape.
We travel to areas in Gauteng, Saint Vincents school, Saint Dominics School in Hammerskraal, north of Pretoria, and Witbank Diocese. We need passports to visit Lesotho and Botswana, Swaziland and Maputo and on behalf of the Deaf People, we say Thank you most sincerely.
From Father John Turner, Brother Brian and Sister Debbie