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Felician Sisters of North America Update Regarding COVID-19 (7/8/20)

We are reaching out to share some sad news, but also good news as we cautiously move forward with resuming life in our new normal.

Sadly, we lost another of our older Sisters due to the residual effects of the coronavirus, which can cause continuing difficulties with other chronic medical conditions. 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. We ask for your prayers as we support them in their recovery.

At the same time, we are moving forward with slowly loosening the tight restrictions under which Sisters in our convents, especially our larger convents, have operated for more than three months.

Hand washing, mask wearing, social distancing and regular disinfecting will remain staples of our routines. We have resumed gathering in our chapels as much as we are able, depending on convent circumstances, for celebration of the Mass and opportunities for private prayer. Some of our Sisters continue to participate in daily Mass via television or other electronic devices; Holy Communion is being distributed to some of our Sisters in their bedrooms. All spiritual group gatherings are done in accord with archdiocesan or diocesan guidelines within each state or province. Sister leadership and convent lay leaders collaborate in creating opportunities for safe gatherings in our chapels, supporting infection control guidelines to control exposure to the virus which is, unfortunately, still present with us.

We are again dining together in our larger convents, transitioning to the use of regular dishware with masked and gloved dining services staff serving us. The dining staff is using the utmost care in helping us to prevent common touching of food, beverages, dishware and utensils.

Sisters may now leave the convent grounds for necessary appointments and errands, and may travel for work, retreats or vacations, all the while carefully observing social distancing and sanitization guidelines, as well as travel guidelines issued by each state or province for entry and potential need for quarantine.

After so many months of restriction, the changes are most welcome, but we will remain highly vigilant and responsive to the current fluid nature of the virus in all convent locations. We will remain flexible and prudent in our planning as well as quite cautious in leaving our convents, based on infection control expectations.

We remain deeply grateful for your support and prayers; please know that you remain in our hearts and prayers daily. For all of those affected by the coronavirus, we ask the intercession of our beloved saints and our Blessed Mother:

St. Francis, St. Clare, St. Felix, pray for us.
Blessed Mary Angela, pray for us.
Our Lady of Hope, pray for us.

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

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Statement in Response to the Murder of George Floyd (6/8/20)

In the spirit of the nonviolent Jesus and the example of peacemaking handed down to us from Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi, the leadership team of the Felician Sisters of North America decries and mourns the murder of George Floyd and all our brothers and sisters who have been murdered due to the violence of those sworn to protect all citizens.

We condemn the constant mistreatment of human beings based on the color of their skin while acknowledging our own individual complicity in the sin of racism. We believe that all human beings are made in the image and likeness of God yet acknowledge that racism privileges some at the expense of others.

We recognize that, in the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., “to create a beloved community . . . will require a qualitative change in our souls, as well as a qualitative change in our lives.” As Franciscans committed to continuous conversion, we ask God’s help to do all we  can to bring justice, reconciliation, and peace to our neighborhoods and to our nation.

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 (6/22/20)
Today we share with you the good news that during the past week, all of our Sisters have officially come out of COVID-19 isolation, with no active cases in our convents. We continue to wear masks and to social distance in our convents, and to limit errands outside the convents to essential medical visits and other tasks.

We also continue to mourn and recover from what has been a deeply stressful public health journey in all of our convents, and most particularly in our larger convents in Livonia, Michigan, and in Lodi, New Jersey, where a number of our sisters dealt with serious symptoms of the virus and remain on a gradual path to recovery.
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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.
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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 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 (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 (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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