SINGAPORE – The Singapore Catholic Deaf Community spent a day tapping into their other senses to reflect on God’s abundant love during a retreat held on Dec 8 at St. Francis Xavier Major Seminary.

Nine members and two hearing volunteers participated in the one-day recollection led by Malacca-born Brother Lionel Thomas, a seminarian now attached to the Malacca-Johore diocese and a volunteer with the group for more than five years.

The day of prayer, Bible sharing, Praise and Worship and Scriptural Rosary ended with a Mass celebrated by Father Christopher Lee.

Susanne Patrick, secretary of the Singapore Catholic Deaf Community, found the retreat "spiritually enriching". She said, "Brother Lionel has managed to capture all of their senses despite their lack of hearing. He used aromatherapy in the room (smell), projected Praise and Worship in sign language (sight) and got the members to refer to the Bible several times throughout the sharing (touch)."

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