Royal Association for Deaf people celebrate 175 years of Deaf history with Evensong at St. Paul’s Cathedral

The Royal Association for Deaf people (RAD) hosted an Evensong at St. Paul’s Cathedral on Wednesday 7th June to conclude its 175th anniversary celebrations.

RAD was established in 1841 by a London bookbinder who wanted to help his 5 Deaf children to gain employment. Today, RAD continues to support Deaf people to gain employment and to live the lives they want to lead.

Evensong was led by the Very Reverend Dr. David Ison, Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral who gave thanks to RAD and its work in empowering and supporting the Deaf community. Mr Toby Burton, Chair of RAD signed the second lesson. The sermon was delivered by Reverend Margaret Joachim, Trustee of RAD who reminded the congregation why the organisation was founded and referred to the challenges the Deaf community have overcome in the last 175 years. Rev. Margaret Joachim’s Sermon BSL video of Margaret’s sermon. 

The service was conducted in British Sign Language (BSL) and attended by members of the Deaf community, Acton, Clapham, Medway, Romford, Southend Deaf Clubs and partners who support the work of the charity.

Hymns were signed by the SHINE choir and sung by the Cathedral Choir.

Dr. Jan Sheldon, CEO said ‘Given RAD’s historical links with the church, an Evensong service for the Deaf and DeafBlind community was a fitting way to conclude our 175th anniversary.’

The service was followed by a reception at the Merchant Taylor’s Hall which included a flute performance from the professional Deaf musician, Ruth Montgomery.

The BSL video below features Russell Cooke, RAD’s Community Development Manager reporting from the Evensong: