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Rest In Peace


Dr Terence Anthony Riley OBE age 75 (Terry Riley) died on the 9th of October 2019.


Terry married Angela Maureen Riley at the Church of the Holy Name, Manchester, on 17 February 1968 by Canon Charles Hollywood, the then chaplain to the Deaf Community in the Diocese of Salford. They celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary on the on 17 February 2018 and they were proud to receive a framed certificate of Papal Blessing organised and presented by Catholic Deaf Association. Terry was very involved with St Joseph’s Mission in Manchester as well as Manchester Deaf Centre. He then became Chair of the British Deaf Association. He was also the Series Editor of the BBC See Hear TV series.


Arrangements for Terry Riley funeral requiem mass will be Thursday 7th November this will be held at St Teresa’s, Ashford, Kent, (TN248TX) Service will start @ 11.15am. The family will have a small family gathering for the crematorium due to small venue. 

After the funeral the family ask you to join them for the wake which will be held at Homelands football ground (TN261NJ) @12.30pm onwards. Open invitation to all family and friend. 

Alternatively, if you cannot make the funeral in Ashford. The family will be holding a special Memorial Mass at St Patrick's RC Church, Livesey Street, Manchester, M4 5HF, at 11.30am on the 1st December. 

Please let the family know which one you will attend as they would like to have an ideas of numbers. The family would also like to take this opportunity for your kind thoughts and supporting them at this difficult time. 

Janet (nee Newton) Drane died on 14th October 2019

May the Lord give them eternal rest in peace. Amen

Dr Terence Anthony Riley OBE (Terry); 19th June 1944 – 9th October 2019

In representation of the CDA, Peter and I attended the funeral requiem Mass of Terry Riley OBE on Thursday 7th November which was held at St Teresa’s Ashford, Kent; a beautiful large modern church. We were lucky with the weather especially for driving long distance. When we arrived we bumped into Peter Morrissey from Southwark Diocese, who came to pay his respect. A family member informed me that there were approximately 220 people there, consisting of family, personal friends, and many work colleagues from his time at the BBC and other organisations. The interpreters which we have only ever seen on BBC News were there in person to interpret the service. Eddie Moriarty, Matthew Banks, Sarah Hides and Kathy Yeoman-Owens who used to work for/with Terry took it in turn to interpret the Mass. The two ladies interpreted the hymns. It was a beautiful and moving experience. The Chair of British Deaf Association, Linda Richards, was also present. The readings and bidding prayers were read by family and friends. Terry’s son Colin Riley read out the Eulogy about the life of his father as he wore his father’s OBE medal with pride. ​After the funeral the family invited all to the wake which was held at Homelands football ground, there was enough food to feed the whole football stadium’s fans with plenty left over. ​A great send of for a great and inspiring man. Rest in peace Terry.

Maria Booker


From Brentwood diocese


From Liverpool diocese


From Westminster diocese

90th Anniversary of St Joseph's Mission to Deaf People

On Saturday 15th June about 170 people arrived at St Patrick's Church in Manchester to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the foundation of St Joseph's Mission to Deaf people. Bishop John Arnold presided the feast of the Holy Trinity and he signed most of the Mass concelebrated by eight priests. The Mass was followed by a lovely buffet meal in the hall and at the end there was a video presentation by two Deaf ladies sharing the stories they remembered from the 1950s to the 1970s. 

At the end of the Mass, Eileen Hosie presented a story about SJMDP - read more about it here. 

Medjugorje pilgrimage

People from Arundel & Brighton diocese went to Medjugorje. Click here

Written by Maria Booker

Rest in Peace

Fr Austin Tomaney died on 27th June 2019 aged 92. He was the first Secretary for the CDA when it was officially founded in 1971. He was also a chaplain to Deaf people in Hexham and Newcastle diocese.

CCRS (Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies)

Twenty-Five Years On: One Size Fits All?

Click here for more information.

One Day CDA NW conference


We had a wonderful day in Blackpool on Sat 6 April. Seventy-one (71) people attended from Bolton, Burnley, Liverpool, Oldham, Manchester, Preston, two from Birmingham and one from north Wales. The theme was  ‘The Healing touch of Jesus - understanding the stories in the gospels' and the day was led by 

Fr Paul Fletcher SJ and Peter McDonough. 

It is with great regret that we need to inform you that the December 2018 issue (see left) will be the last printed Outreach magazine you will receive.


It is now very expensive to print a glossy magazine and post it to you. However, we will still send you newsletters but it will not be a glossy magazine as this. We will still send you news but it will be on our CDA website and we can email you news (free).


We know some of you do not have computers and if you prefer to have a printed newsletter, we can still post it to you. The newsletter will be in colour but printed on a photocopier and folded in half and posted in an A5 envelope. Unfortunately, you will have to pay for the cost of the printed newsletter and postage. The price for the newsletter will be £3.00 and it will be posted to you twice a year in June/July and December.


It is important that you inform the Secretary if you still wish to receive the newsletter by email or post.

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 What many members do not realise is that the £10 annual membership is not for Outreach. It is to support the work of the CDA so the Secretary will still send you the annual CDA membership renewal in the new year.


Finally, we need to say a big THANK YOU to Nick Barton (see photo at the top of this page) who has been designing our glossy magazine. He has been doing it for quite a few years and he has been a fantastic support to us. He will also stop doing our CDA website but as you can see in this website, we have continued with a new format. 

Thank you for your support. 

One Big Deaf Family

Here is a summary of the report Pat Chandler wrote when we went on the Lourdes Pilgrimage last September 2018

People arrived at Stanstead airport in twos and sixes, it was nice to see that thirteen of us were ex-Boston Spa pupils. We were privileged to have three priests, three interpreters and a doctor - what more do we want?


We landed near Lourdes and travelled in a luxury coach to our Padoue hotel which was 4 star! My room is lovely, and we have three healthy and tasty meals a day. More...