13 Nuns At Michigan Convent Die Of COVID-19
At Least 13 Nuns Have died at a Catholic convent – more than a fifth of its resident population –
were killed by coronavirus in just two months. Twelve of the women, who were aged between 66 and 99, were struck down by Covid-19 at the Felician Sisters Convent in Livonia,
Michigan, between Good Friday – April 10 – and May 10. A 13th died weeks later, having initially seemed to recover from the virus, only for her health to decline.
The nuns who died all lived on a 360-acre campus near Detroit that was once home to 800 nuns,
but whose population had dwindled in recent years to 65 sisters before the pandemic began.
Convent superior Sr Mary Andrew Budinski told the Global Sisters News of the trauma the nuns’ death has caused,
saying: ‘I get chills thinking about that. The raw grief is yet to come, I think.’
The convent’s surviving nuns were barred from attending their fellow sisters’ funerals, and are still not allowed to enter one another’s rooms, or dine more than two at a table to try and minimize the risk of further infections.