The COVID-19 pandemic has been especially devastating to those in religious life, as communal living makes the normal measures taken to defeat the virus Рsocial distancing and isolation Рhard to enact. In addition, an aging population in religious life means a greater risk of death from COVID. Recently, 8 elderly sisters died within a week. There had been prior reports of widespread infections in other communities, include 13 deaths at a Michigan monastery and 5 deaths in South Africa. America has an older tribute to those in religious life who have died of COVID-19.

January 5, 2021 update: Nine sisters of St. Joseph have passed away during a COVID outbreak at their community in New York.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they and all the others lost to COVID-19 rest in peace.