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Fr. Scott Allen

Fr.Scott.Allen@oc.rcbo.org
St. Hedwig Parish Office
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Fr. Scott Allen’s answers to the top seven questions the Deaf ask those who are ‘hearing’ and know or are learning ASL.
 

1. How did you learn to sign?

By taking college classes, as well as, by going to many Deaf events, and Catholic Deaf masses over many years.

2. Where did you go to school to learn to sign?

I took ASL classes at Santa Ana college, Mt. SAC, and Gallaudet University.

3. Who was your teacher, when learning ASL? Hearing or Deaf?

I had many teachers. Herb Terrari (C.O.D.A.), George Dorough (Deaf), Bob Stuard (Hearing), Robert Augustus (Deaf), and a good many others.

4. Do you have a family member or do you know someone that is Deaf?

I do not have any family members that are Deaf. But, I have met many Deaf whom I consider family.

5. Why did you become interested in learning ASL?

The seed was planted after I graduated high school and was attending my home parish’s young adult group. Every now and then I noticed a priest, Fr. Steve Correz and another man, Louis Lopez who would teach a small group of people in the room next door in American Sign Language. I thought that was interesting, but, nothing further at that time wanted me to pursue learning sign language. However, after I finished my fourth year at Santa Ana college, double majoring in Fire Science, and Business Administration I put my sights on getting my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Cal State University Fullerton (CSUF). I applied to CSUF and was denied because I was lacking a foreign language. When it came to selecting a foreign language, American Sign Language came to mind immediately, and so I took ASL 1. Immediately I was hooked on phonics. After the first semester my teacher hired me as a tutor. I tutored other college students at two campuses. I applied again to CSUF was accepted. Although, all I needed was one ASL class I continued taking more and more ASL classes. Why? Well, I was meeting many new people in a whole new world. And during this time I went to Deaf events all throughout Orange and Los Angeles county. A secondary reason why I decided to pursue American Sign Language was because at the time I was working for a fire department. The fire department happened to recognize ASL as an bonified language. This meant that I could get a increase of pay.  But, I would have to show them and prove that I knew it. So, I decided to enroll in Mt. San Antonio’s interpreting training program. And it so happened that after finishing the interpreting training program two weeks later I was in the seminary. So much for the increase in pay in the fire department.  😛   The third layer to the story goes back to my second year of learning ASL when during that year my sister adopted a newborn baby. The doctor diagnosed my niece to be Deaf. So, immediately I informed my sister and husband-in-law that they needed to do X,Y, and Z. And they did! I believe they took several ASL classes. However, as my niece grew-up the doctor’s diagnosis proved to be wrong. Though, these are the three reasons why I became and was pursuant in learning ASL. Also somewhere-in-the-mix I assisted in teaching confirmation classes to the Deaf community here in the Diocese, and I was a teachers aid at a local community college teaching English to the Deaf in American Sign Language.  Who would of thunk it, after taking one ASL class?!

6. How long have you been involved with the Deaf Community?

I have been involved with the Catholic Deaf Community for about 15 years.

7. Did you complete an Interpreter Training Program (ITP)?

Yes, in 2011 from Mt. San Antonio College

 

Fr. Steve Correz

Fr.correz@oc.rcbo.org

Fr. Steve Correz’s answers to the top seven questions the Deaf ask those who are ‘ hearing’ and know or are learning ASL.
 

1. How did you learn to sign?

By working with the Catholic Deaf Community in Orange and in the Deaf parish in Vernon (Holy Angels) for many years.

2. Where did you go to school to learn to sign?

I have taken ASL classes at Moorpark College and Gallaudet University.

3. Who was your teacher, when learning ASL? Hearing or Deaf?

Although I don’t remember any teachers, I remember many of the priests that I worked with in teaching me ASL especially Fr. Tom Schweitzer and Fr. Brian Doran. In this Diocese, I especially learned from Connie Wild and Nancy Lopez.

4. Do you have a family member or do you know someone that is Deaf?

I have over the years, met many Deaf people through this ministry.

5. Why did you become interested in learning ASL?

When I was in the Seminary, I was asked by the Vocation Director of our Diocese to learn ASL in order to minister to the Catholic Deaf Community.

6. How long have you been involved with the Deaf Community?

I have been involved with the Catholic Deaf Community for about 15 years.

7. Did you complete an Interpreter Training Program (ITP)?

No, I have only taken classes in ASL and Deaf culture.

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