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Sister praying with a bible for peace at Notre Dame of Elm Grove in Elm Grove, Wisconsin.

The School Sisters of Notre Dame Central Pacific Province are praying and acting to slow the spread of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). We pray for all who suffer, for our leaders, our healthcare providers and all working to end this pandemic With the ever-changing news and concerns around COVID-19, sisters are taking every precaution to protect themselves and the essential lay staff who work with them. The sisters and lay staff are following CDC guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Through all of the precautions the sisters are staying positive. At Our Lady of Good Counsel in Mankato, Minnesota, the sisters are staying active and creative. Sister Mary Kay Gosch, campus administrator, says, “There is a good deal of concern, however we are staying positive, praying and keeping physically and mentally active.”

Many of the sisters are using this time to express themselves through prayer and creative outlets. Sister Lillia Langreck from Notre Dame of Elm Grove in Elm Grove, Wisconsin, shares a prayer.


Pandemic at the Mount

By Sister Lillia Langreck

Jesus, you again invite me
To pray with you on the mount.
There is so much fear
Of possible deadly coronavirus,
Again we see how something
As infinitesimal as a germ
Can keep people apart.
Something so small can
Change lifestyles of a whole universe.

As we fear the disease
And take drastic steps
To avoid contamination
And feel safe in living apart,
My thoughts have been with those
Who are already part of the pandemic.
Are they being cared for
As they suffer pain and loneliness
Are they the lepers of this age?

Jesus, I am no nurse
And I am not very brave,
So please walk with those who suffer.
Please help us find ways to reach them.
Please love them for us.

We plead with you to help us find ways
To bring the pandemic to a halt.
Our living apart, our not touching,
Our not traveling somehow must end soon.
We are one. We are kin,
So even as we concern ourselves
In staying healthy and strong,
We need to keep in mind those already
Pandemic victims.
In spirit, we embrace them and plead
For their healing here and now.

So Jesus, help us in our anxious moments.
Help those of our kin who suffer.
Help those who are isolated and alone.
Let your love bond us together


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