Franciscan Friar Rowland Yeo will be the first deaf priest in Southeast Asia after his ordination on Nov 28.Franciscan Friar Rowland Yeo will be the first deaf priest in Southeast Asia after his ordination on Nov 28.
Deaf Franciscan Friar Rowland Yeo will be ordained to the priesthood on Nov 28.

He will be Southeast Asia’s first deaf priest, and only one of  25 such priests in the world.

The ordination Mass, presided by Archbishop William Goh, will be celebrated at the Church of St Mary of the Angels at Bukit Batok on Nov 28 at 10am.

The Mass will be in spoken English and sign language.

Friar Rowland will then celebrate his first public Mass the following day in sign language, with spoken English translation.

The Mass will be held at the Church of the Sacred Heart at 3pm.

Friar Rowland joined the Franciscans in 1997, and made his solemn profession of vows in 2003. He was ordained a deacon in June last year.

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