Religion: Silent Worship

In Detroit last week some 100 worshipers and two priests sang and prayed as silently as a Quaker meeting. They were participating in a mission for the deaf and dumb in St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church. Services were carried on in sign language by Fathers William Bernard Heitker and Raymond Charles Kalter.

Lit by two floodlights, so that everyone could see him, Father Heitker stood before the grey and yellow marble altar. Worshipers intently watched his hands and lips. While his busy fingers formed signs, his lips formed words, which he spoke in a low voice. Most of the congregation were deaf-mutes,...

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