Education: Music for the Deaf

Everybody likes Sisters Mary Jeanne Madeleine and Mary Francis Terese of the Third Order of St. Francis of Assisi. At Milwaukee's Cardinal Stritch College, music students flock to them; and for the children of St. John's School for the Deaf, the day they come to teach is the high point of the week. The sisters (who are twins) can feel the smiles that greet them as they rustle into a room. But they cannot see the smiles, for they are almost totally blind.

They have been almost blind from birth, their eyes so clouded with cataracts that surgery could never completely restore...

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