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Welcome to the Web site of the Xavier Society for the Blind.

We are transcribing and audio recording a collection of the speeches and homilies that Pope Francis gave when he visited the United States. His talks are often more complicated than they seem at first hearing, and it is good to be able to read or listen to his words slowly and prayerfully. Call the office to reserve your braille copy; the audio will be available for download.

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Only 300 tickets are being sold, at $50 a ticket. FIRST PRIZE - two tickets on the pilgrimage, including air fare, hotel, and everything covered by a regular fare. SECOND PRIZE - $1,000. THIRD PRIZE - $500.
Go to this website to buy tickets online
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If you are using a screen reader, there is a link farther along in this text titled “Register for Services.” For sighted readers, the link is at the upper-right side of this page. You will be asked for information to verify your identity, and we will contact you with a password that will let you enter the services section. You will be able to change your password when you make your first visit.

If you are not a regular user of our services, you do not need to register to explore our Web site. You will have to register on a special page to make a donation or adopt an owl or buy one of our CDs or get a pendant. (And we hope you will do that!) Just click on the following link:
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Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ
Chairman of the Board

Father John was recently interviewed on the Listen Up radio show on WGBB-AM1240 on Long Island. You can hear the interview here.

Xavier Society for the Blind

News & Events

  • A proofreader for the Xavier Society shares some of her life’s story. Click on the link to go to the full story


  • The Xavier Society for the Blind is hosting a 9-day trip to Ireland, from April 7 to 15.

    Dear Friends,
    I want to invite you to join me on an extraordinary trip to Ireland. It’s a “Pilgrimage” but as you can see, it touches many facets of Irish life, not just churches and shrines. We will have Mass available each day for those who wish to share the Eucharist in different surroundings, but we will also be visiting great natural wonders, sampling Irish whiskey, enjoying a medieval banquet and we’ve left space in the schedule for shopping, going off on your own, and perhaps even some surprises along the way, depending on schedule, weather and the wish of the group. I lived in Ireland for a year, and have visited many times, so I know this will be a wonderful trip.

    Our trips in the past have been truly memorable, and this one will be too. You’ll get the chance to make new friends, deepen friendships you may already have, and spend nine days away from your “real” world. You’ll experience another country, another culture and you’ll gain a new and deeper insight into a group of people who have shared their music, their literature and their love of life around the world. I guarantee you a very special time as we celebrate spring in Ireland, 100 years since the great Easter uprising of 1916, and the joy of being together. 

    Please sign up early so we can share the excitement and the planning. And don’t hesitate to give me a call if you have any questions. I want you to join us. You’ll thank me.

    Father John R. Sheehan, SJ
    Xavier Society for the Blind

    For a printed copy of the itinerary and details, send an email to
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    A braille version will be available on request as well.

  • Calendar of Upcoming Events

    A brief listing of upcoming events and activities at the Xavier Society for the Blind

  • New Library Additions

    The latest additions to our braille and audio libraries

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