Livonia, Mich. (News Nation) — A dozen sisters from the Felician Sisters of North America died from COVID-19 within one month of each other. The Felician sisters were between the ages of 69 and 99. They lived and worked together at a covenant in the Detroit suburb of Michigan, the group’s executive director confirmed to News Nation.
A 13th sister from the Michigan covenant died in June. Sister Mary Christopher Moore is the provincial minister of Our Lady of Hope Province and leads the 469 sisters through the U.S., Canada and Haiti.
“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,” Moore said in a statement.
The sisters are credited with founding a university, Montessori school, child care center, hospice, nursing care center and a high school all within one block.
“Their collective impact on the community has been, and continues to be, very deep,” said Suzanne Wilcox English, executive director for mission advancement at Felician Sisters of North America.
The sisters all died over a period of several weeks beginning on Good Friday.
“Our ministries across the continent continue to serve those most in need and provide education and care for people from infants and children to our elderly,” Moore said.
Many of the sisters served as teachers and devoted their lives to service in the community, according to obituaries. A 14th Felician sister died at a covenant in New Jersey.