St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Deaf Church

St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Deaf Church

Welcome to the website for St. Elizabeth’s Deaf Church 👋
We welcome the Deaf community of New York to worship, spiritual care and fellowship.

On July 1, 1980, Terence Cardinal Cooke designated St. Elizabeth’s as the church for the Deaf Catholics of New York.

We provide religious and social services for Deaf persons, using sign language as the principle means of communication 🤟

We are temporarily located at: 

65 East 89 Street
New York, NY 10128
(at St. Thomas More Church, between Park and Madison Avenues)

Subway: #4, 5, 6 to 86 St Station; walk three blocks north and two blocks west
Buses: north or south on Third Ave, Lexington Ave, Madison Ave; cross town on 86 St

Religious Education & Formation 


We offer a religious education program / Church school for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing children and hearing children with Deaf Parents who are 9 years old and older.

It is a 2 year program preparing children for first Holy Communion:

  • For the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month, it is from 12:30 to 1:30 pm followed by Mass at 2:00pm. 
  • For the 2nd, 4th and 5th Saturdays of each month, it is from  1:30 – 2:30pm followed by Mass at 3:00pm.

At the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in White Plains, NY, on the 4th Sunday of each month: Mass is at 11:30 am, followed by religious instructions 12:30 – 1:30 pm.

We are also at PS 347, on Wednesdays: 


We offer programs for Deaf adults on the Catholic faith on preparation for baptism, first holy communion, and confirmation; training for eucharistic ministers; classes for Deaf parents before the baptism of their children.

It is held on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month at 1:00pm. On the third Sunday, there is also a special class on religion at 3:00pm.