July 24, 2020 -- The coronavirus has taken the lives of 13 elderly sisters at the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Felix of Cantalice, or Felician Sisters, in Livonia, MI.

Twelve of the sisters at the convent died of the coronavirus in a month, between April 10 and May 10, according to obituaries on Global Sisters Report, a project of the National Catholic Reporter. One more sister died of complications of the virus on June 27.

The sisters were between 69 and 99 years old and had all been members of the order for more than 50 years. Eighteen other sisters contracted the virus but recovered.

"We couldn't contain the grief and the sorrow and the emotional impact," Sr. Noel Marie Gabriel, director of clinical health services for the Felician Sisters of North America, said in a story about the deaths in Global Sisters Report.

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