St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf is a private Catholic School founded in 2017 by Rannah Evetts. We are here to promote the education and welfare of the Deaf in the West Nile region. Most importantly we are here to fulfill a deeper meaning behind Christ’s “Eph’phatha” in Mark’s Gospel:
“.. and looking up to heaven, he [Jesus] sighed, and said to him, “Eph’phatha,” that is, “be opened.” And his ears were opened, his tongue was released and he spoke plainly.” Mark 7:34
Giving children the opportunity, through sign language, to be opened to the Word of God, opened to a life of prayer, the understanding of Truth, reception of the Sacraments, and opened to education that empowers our students with a life full of opportunities and a brighter future.
The deaf are often outcasts in Ugandan society; isolated, deprived of their rights, and looked down upon by hearing people. They are more exposed to being raped, abused, and neglected by society. They are often thought of as stupid, cursed, and many parents still think it is a waste of money to send them to school.
We are here to provide quality education and give our Deaf students the most precious thing in this world: Jesus Christ.
OUR PATRON, SAINT FRANCIS DE SALES
In 1605, St. Francis was introduced to Martin, who was about 25 years old, and because of his deafness had never received any kind of education or instruction in the Catholic Faith. St. Francis, being deeply moved with compassion for Martin and having the realization that he would remain forever ignorant of God and the richness of the Faith, formed his own sign language and personally taught Martin about the Catholic Faith.
In 1606, Martin was able to receive the Holy Eucharist for the first time and two years later he was confirmed. Martin had a devout prayer life, examined his conscience every evening, regularly went to confession to St. Francis, and assisted him at Mass. Almost everyday after the death of St. Francis Martin would visit his grave, until he died.
“Be at Peace.
Do not look forward in fear to the changes of life;
rather look to them with full hope as they arise.
God, whose very own you are,
will deliver you from out of them.
He has kept you hitherto,
and He will lead you safely through all things;
and when you cannot stand it,
God will bury you in His arms.
Do not fear what may happen tomorrow;
the same everlasting Father who cares for you today
will take care of you then and everyday.
He will either shield you from suffering,
or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace,
and put aside all anxious thoughts and imagination.”
– St. Francis de Sales 1567-1622