In August 1970, the first Cursillo for deaf persons was given in the Villa Redeemer Retreat Center, Glenview, Illinois (suburb of Chicago). Since then, about 60 Cursillos for the deaf and mute persons have been given in the United States and some in Canada (for instance in Ottawa, in Halifax and in Western Canada).
This type of Cursillo has obviously a unique character. It gathers deaf persons, men and women, coming from a vast territory. To facilitate communications which are made by signs, the talks must be shorter, more concrete. Audiovisual equipment with on screen projection, subtitlings, banners and posters are utilized.
After the weekend, in spite of the geographic scattering of the candidates, they insist on the importance of the Group Reunion and the Ultreya as means of persevering in conversion and witnessing.
The Cursillo Movement for deaf persons is considered by the Catholic Community of the deaf as an excellent movement of spiritual revival.
For more information:
See "Deaf Cursillo" (Cursillo News from the National Catholic Office for the Deaf)