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Adrian Dominicans receive ‘outpouring of support’ after nine sisters die of COVID-19

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: 

Three other Adrian Dominicans also passed away in January from non-COVID-19 related causes: Sr. Mary Elizabeth Scheibel, OPSr. Anne Liam Lees, OP; and Sr. Kathleen Sutherland, 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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