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Sacred Heart to offer sign language class with focus on ministry

Fr. Christopher Klusman, a Sacred Heart alum and one of only a handful of deaf priests in the United States, will teach a course on American Sign Language and deaf culture, at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology this fall. The class is open to the public.

This is the first time a course like this, with a focus on ministry, has been offered in the Milwaukee Archdiocese, according to Fr. Klusman.

“This is a comprehensive course, incorporating many facets such as American Sign Language, deaf culture, ministry with the deaf, and related topics,” he said.

Fr. Klusman, deaf since birth, is the associate director of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Ministry for the Archdiocese.

“Anyone who wants to be more effective in their relationships with the deaf – be it a pastoral associate, another parish employee, a volunteer or a friend – will benefit tremendously from this class. Part of the job of being Catholic is to reach out to those who face isolation, or who need help to fully participate in society, and that certainly includes deaf people,” Fr. Klusman said.

The class can be taken on an audit basis, or for two college credits. Tuition is $550 to audit and $1,100 for two credits. The class will meet for two hours on Thursday evenings Sept. 3 through Dec. 10. For more information or to register, email

Located in Franklin, Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology specializes in Roman Catholic priestly formation for men of all ages, and is open to lay students for personal or professional enrichment, or to pursue a master of arts degree.

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