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Online Together: Gathering for Communal Prayer During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist livestream their prayers so the faithful can participate. (Courtesy of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist)

Habited nuns praying in unison.

The sounds of Catholic life in the convent were once largely confined to the sisters and local faithful near the motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Now the sisters’ communal prayer can be heard by a wider audience amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Dominican Sisters of Mary, a teaching community, which, in recent years, has branched out to provide Catholic content online, has begun livestreaming Masses and prayers. 

Sister John Dominic explained to the Register, “Our sole intention in doing so is to give people the opportunity to pray with us … those participating can hear the sisters praying and singing.”

The community has 145 sisters in smaller communities throughout the U.S. The sisters have implemented such CDC guidelines as social distancing in common areas and are teaching classes online.

The sisters have been praying for an end to the pandemic, including with a Marian procession around their Ann Arbor motherhouse and a novena to St. Joseph. Friends of the community are invited to join the sisters for prayer virtually on their YouTube channel; up to 1,000 souls nationwide have been watching.

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