Kindness helps convent face grief as 11 nuns die of coronavirus

Kindness helps convent face grief as 11 nuns die of coronavirus

Religious of the Virgin Mary (RVM) Motherhouse compound in Quezon City. FILE PHOTO/CBCP NEWS

By CBCP News

October 8, 2021

Manila, Philippines

The Religious of the Virgin Mary (RVM) congregation said Friday that Covid-19 claimed the life of another nun at their motherhouse compound in Quezon City.

Mother Ma. Corazon Agda, RVM Superior General, said that 11 members of the congregation have now died of the disease.

“We may have our own version of 911 in our 337-year history— with 11 Sisters leaving us for the next life in a span of 14 days (from) September 13 to 26,” Agda said in a statement.

Sixty-two nuns and 52 lay personnel have tested positive for Covid-19 in mid-September, forcing the facility to lockdown.

Those who contracted the disease were all from the St. Joseph Home, a separate building inside the compound that houses the elderly and the infirm.

The statement did not mention how many of those with Covid-19 have already recovered but Agda said that “many of our Sisters are not exactly out of the woods just yet”.

For the congregation, the Covid-19 outbreak that hit “the most protected and sheltered” community in the compound is “one of the most distressing experiences” in the convent.

The Sisters, meanwhile, said they have found hope in the bleakness.

They particularly thanked those who showed them “kindness, compassion, care and concern”.

“Without you, we could not have faced our grief and walked through the dark. Your support has seen us through one of the saddest moments in our history,” Agda said.

“You are all the heart and hands of God made real. Your words and actions are testimonies to God’s working through our lives, through people— men, women, and children— like you who care,” she added.


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