Eight aged nuns at a Wisconsin convent died of COVID-19 issues within the final week — together with 4 who handed away on the identical day.
The ladies had been all of their late 80s and 90s and had been residing at Notre Dame of Elm Grove, a retirement dwelling for sisters in suburban Milwaukee, authorities stated.
“Regardless that they’re older… we didn’t anticipate them to go so, so shortly,” stated Sister Debra Marie Sciano. “It was simply very tough for us.”
The congregation that runs the house came upon on Thanksgiving Day that one of many 88 sisters who lived there had caught the lethal sickness, stated Sciano, the provincial chief for College Sisters of Notre Dame Central Pacific Province.
A number of extra optimistic checks adopted and, on Dec. 9, Sisters Rose M. Feess and Mary Elva Wiesner died.
Sister Dorothy MacIntyre died Dec. 11 and Sister Mary Alexius Portz died Sunday, based on the congregation’s web site.
4 of the eight — Sisters Cynthia Borman, Joan Emily Kaul, Lillia Langreck and Michael Marie Laux — all died on Monday.
The entire ladies labored as educators, together with Wiesner, who taught in Catholic elementary faculties for greater than 40 years and labored as present store coordinator on the dwelling.
Some had been missionaries and musicians, or labored on peace and justice points. One of many sisters was a printed poet and one other spent her summers engaged on an American Indian reservation in South Dakota.
The tragic outbreak comes after six nuns at Our Woman of Angels Convent in Greenfield, Wisconsin, additionally a care dwelling for Catholic sisters, died in August of the coronavirus.
In July, seven nuns died at a middle for Maryknoll sisters in Ossining, New York and 13 died at a convent close to Detroit, Michigan.
Final month, 76 Catholic nuns at a convent in Germany examined optimistic for COVID-19, forcing well being authorities to place your complete monastery underneath quarantine.
Waukesha County Division of Well being & Human Providers stated county illness investigators have been working with the College Sisters of Notre Dame facility since they had been contacted concerning the outbreak.
Sciano declined to say what number of different sisters have examined optimistic, citing privateness causes.
With Publish wires