For 11 months, the Adrian Dominican Sisters have been living with COVID-19 restrictions.
Sisters took meals in their rooms, prayed the breviary via livestream and were confined to the Adrian campus and not allowed to see visitors or even fellow sisters who didn’t live on the motherhouse campus.
No sister contracted the virus during the initial spike and subsequent summer lull of COVID-19 cases in Lenawee County, located in the Diocese of Lansing, due west of Monroe County on the Michigan-Ohio border.
Then Dec. 20 hit, when the first resident tested positive for COVID-19. Further tests revealed 49 of the 217 residents had contracted the virus. By Jan. 29, nine Adrian Dominicans, known as the Congregation of the Most Holy Rosary, had succumbed to it.
The nine Dominicans who died ranged in age from 79 to 97. They are:
- Sr. Dorothea Gramlich, OP
- Sr. Esther Ortega, OP
- Sr. Mary Irene Wischmeyer, OP
- Sr. Ann Rena Shinkey, OP
- Sr. Charlotte Francis Moser, OP
- Sr. Helen Laier, OP
- Sr. Mary Lisa Rieman, OP
- Sr. Margaret Ann Swallow, OP
- Sr. Jeannine Therese McGorray, OP
“We did what everyone else did who’s taking this very seriously,” Sr. Patricia Siemen, OP, prioress of the Adrian Dominican Sisters, told Detroit Catholic. “We reduced our coworkers on campus; everyone stayed employed, but only essential workers were allowed to be on campus since March 13.”
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