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Felician Sisters of North America Update Regarding COVID19 (6/1/20)

We continue the process of coming to life, and the news continues to be positive across the front on COVID-19.

In the past week, there were no new cases in any of our convents and Sisters who were COVID-positive continue to complete their 28 days of isolation with no symptoms for at least a week.

Therefore, we are cautiously advancing to the next phase of our matrix, allowing for social-distanced dining either in our dining rooms – with only one Sister at each table, and more than one seating – or in our smaller gathering spaces, with just a handful of Sisters carefully spaced. We will continue to use fully disposable diningware and condiments in packets to ensure that no one handles the materials someone else has touched.

We are implementing, in concert with archdiocesan or diocesan guidelines, Mass with social distancing and masks. In some convents, this may require additional Masses, when clergy are available, with Sisters signing up and taking turns attending, while others view the Mass by livestream. We will work to find a local Eucharistic minister who can safely distribute communion to those who are unable to attend in person.

We will develop guidelines for doing laundry, showering, disinfecting shared vehicles and numerous other small but important tasks. Throughout all of these changes, we will continue to wear masks, remain six feet apart and faithfully wash our hands to protect ourselves, each other and those who support us through their care.

As we review these changes, we have come to the realization that these are internal matters, so this will be our final weekly public statement. We will continue to communicate internally, and any additional public statements will be issued as needed.

Before we sign off, however, we want to affirm all of you who have walked with us on these early steps of the difficult journey of the coronavirus pandemic. We ask you to rejoice with us – you have supported us with your prayers, cards and well wishes, gifts and positive thoughts for healing. In doing so, you have helped to save the lives of many Sisters.

We will not stop giving thanks to God for you, and remembering you in our prayers.

Sister Mary Christopher Moore, Provincial Minister
and the Provincial Council Members
Felician Sisters of North America

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Previous Statements

Felician Sisters of North America Update Regarding COVID-19 (5/26/20) 
Along with the other residents of our countries, we continue to move cautiously forward. This week, in accordance with diocesan or archdiocesan guidelines, Sisters began to experience the joy of resuming community life through celebration of the Mass. At Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Convent in Livonia, Michigan, on the Feast of St. Felix of Cantalice, our patron, Mass was celebrated with social distancing and wearing masks. Sisters received the Eucharist dropped into their palms. It was a tremendous blessing for the 25% of Sisters who could attend, based on Archdiocese of Detroit guidelines on the number of people who could be present in the chapel.
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Felician Sisters of North America Update Re: COVID-19 (5/18/20)
Watching the sun’s warmth grow and spread, we continue to celebrate the Resurrection and trust in the hope we have been promised. As we have examined possibilities for stepping down coronavirus restrictions in our convents, we have been reminded about the need to use caution as we make changes. During the past week, one case of COVID-19 was discovered in an employee, in a convent that had previously had no cases; another is pending. We also lost two Sisters – including the oldest Sister in the province – to deaths that were non-COVID-related.  
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Felician Sisters of North America Update (5/4/20)
This week, the Lord called one more of our Sisters home due to the effects of coronavirus, and we continue to mourn her and the other Sisters we have lost. We remain thankful that the virus has not spread to any additional convents. As we care for our Sisters in our convents, praying for them and for the few who remain hospitalized, we remain hypervigilant, on full room quarantine and receiving individual meals on trays with disposable dishes and utensils.
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Felician Sisters of North America Update Re: COVID-19 (5/11/20)
We lost one Sister to a death associated with COVID-19 in the past week, as well as two Sisters to long-standing medical conditions, not related to the virus. We are so relieved and grateful that the virus did not spread to any new convents due to the adherence to infection-control directives put in place for our Sisters. We greatly appreciate the cards and expressions of sympathy, the Mass requests and many other kind gestures of love and support that we have received over the past month.
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Felician Sisters of North America Update (4/27/20)
This past week has been one of sharing, of sorrow, of support, and yet, of beginning to look to the future and how to move forward in safety while living our lives as women religious. We lean on our faith, on each other and on the many who minister with us as we mourn the loss of five more Sisters whom the Lord called home this week, with the coronavirus exacerbating existing conditions. We are thankful that the virus has not spread to any additional convents and that an external review of our protocols has found them to be in line with best practices.
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Felician Sisters of North America Statement Regarding COVID-19 (4/20/20)
Today, life as we know it has been turned upside down. We, as Felician Sisters, are both sheltering in place in order to protect precious lives and working through our ministries to assist those in need, who require our assistance even more urgently at this time of joblessness and uncertainty...
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