Convent Loses 13 Nuns to Coronavirus With 12 Dying in 1 Month

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A convent has been left grieving an unthinkable loss after it lost thirteen nuns to coronavirus, with twelve dying in just one month.


So much so, it has been described as one of the worst losses a convent has faced.

Since December 2019, a deadly outbreak of the coronavirus – or COVID-19, as it is scientifically referred to as – has brought the world to a total standstill.

Ultimately forcing millions of people to quarantine at home.

And our once-bustling streets were left deserted.

The virus has spread across the globe like wildfire and, at the time of writing, there are now over fourteen million coronavirus cases with a further 615,000 deaths.

Doctors and nurses all over the world have been working backbreaking hours in order to keep up with the influx of coronavirus-infected patients.

But, sadly, they haven’t been able to save everyone.

And families everywhere are having to grieve for the loss of their loved ones.

There is one that is a little more prominent than the rest.

Claiming the lives of so many nuns, in just one month.

But, in recent years, there had been a decline, with only around fifty residing there, according to the executive director for mission advancement, Suzanne English.

As well as placing restrictions on group activities to help curb the spread of the virus.

Because this week, some truly heartwrenching news has emerged.

That it claimed the lives of thirteen nuns, twelve of whom passed away in the space of just one month.

On the religious day of Good Friday, April 10, the first death came. Sister Mary Luiza Wawrzyniak, ninety-nine, succumbed to the deadly virus.

Sister Celine Marie Lesinski, ninety-two, and Sister Mary Estelle Printz, ninety-five, passed away as a result of COVID-19.

And leave behind a huge legacy of service, according to their obituaries.

From teaching to helping vulnerable children to playing music, and even publishing a book about the history of the convent.

“We grieve for each of our sisters who has passed during the time of the pandemic throughout the province, and we greatly appreciate all of those who are holding us in prayer and supporting us in a number of ways,” said Sister Mary Christopher Moore, provincial minister of Our Lady of Hope Province.

The  Global Sisters Report states that this “may be the worst loss of life to a community of religious women in the United States since the 1918 influenza pandemic.”  

Devastatingly, only seventeen recovered. “The faith we share with sisters as they are dying, the prayers we share with sisters as they are dying: We missed all that. It kind of shattered our faith life a little bit.” Sister Joyce Marie Van de Vyver said.

Especially since, at the time, only ten people could attend each funeral.

“Some of our sisters who have had COVID-19 are struggling to recover from a variety of effects, including continuing weakness, respiratory issues, and more,” a statement released by Felician Sisters in early July states.

Sister Thomas Marie Wadowski, 73 Sister Mary Luiza Wawrzyniak, 99 Sister Mary Patricia Pyszynski, 93 Sister Celine Marie Lesinski, 92 Sister Mary Estelle Printz, 95 Sister Mary Clarence (Adeline) Borkoski, 83 Sister Rose Mary Wolak, 86 Sister Mary Janice (Margaret) Zolkowski, 86 Sister Mary Alice Ann (Fernanda) Gradowski, 73 Sister Victoria Marie Indyk, 69 Sister Mary Martinez (Virginia) Rozek, 87 Sister Mary Madeleine (Frances) Dolan, 82 Sister Mary Danatha (Lottie) Suchyta, 98

Thoughts are with their family and friends at this difficult time.