By Jason Follett
Special to The Witness
ANKENY — Christians know that each person has innate dignity. Peggy Chicoine of Ankeny, Iowa, has spent decades making sure those who are deaf experience dignity within the Catholic faith community. She has interpreted numerous Masses and events. Additionally, she serves as the deaf ministry coordinator for the Diocese of Des Moines. But she also knew there was more that she could and should do.
“My true mission is to help deaf people open their hearts to see how powerful God is in their lives,” shared Chicoine. And when Pope Francis declared the Year of Mercy, she knew it was time to bring her mission to fruition by organizing the first Christian Experience Weekend (CEW) for the Deaf.