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Statement of Adrian Dominican Sisters on Measures Taken to Mitigate the Impact of COVID-19
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Note: This statement, originally published March 13, 2020, continues to be updated to include the most recent mitigation protocols.

Adrian, Michigan – As U.S. public health officials on March 9, 2020, called for stricter measures of social distancing to mitigate the accelerating community spread of COVID-19 in the United States, the Adrian Dominican Sisters took immediate steps to join in the national effort. Since then, the Congregation has continued to increase its efforts in mitigating the spread.

The first time a Co-worker tested positive for COVID-19 was July 6, 2020. The first Sister living on campus to test positive was December 20, 2020.

Adrian Dominican Sisters COVID-19 Dashboard

Outside Visitor Protocols (PDF) - Visitor appointments begin July 6, 2021.

As of March 17, 2022:

  • All Co-workers are required to wear surgical masks. Face shields and N-95 masks are no longer required for Co-workers.
  • Sisters may resume commercial domestic travel; use prudent caution for international travel; cruises remain suspended.
  • Sisters and Associates may attend Congregation-sponsored conferences, assemblies and annual meetings in person, but we encourage discernment, weighing the benefits of attending virtually. Sisters may attend conferences or workshops in person. We encourage discernment, weighing the benefits of attending virtually
  • Family, Sisters, Associates, and Friends of on-campus Sisters may visit by appointment. See the Visitor Protocols document for details.
  • Liturgies are closed to family and friends.

As of January 10, 2022:

Madden Hall Co-workers who are able to work from home should do so and continue through at least March 4, 2022.

  • All Co-workers must wear either an N-95 or surgical face mask when on campus. Co-workers assigned to work in Maria and Regina buildings are required to wear both a face mask and face shield at all times.
  • All commercial travel for Sisters is suspended through the end of January.
  • In-person Congregation-sponsored conferences, assemblies, and meetings are suspended through the end of January. Sisters are urged to avoid all other in-person meetings during this time.
  • No new visits will be scheduled for Sisters living at the Motherhouse during January.
  • All liturgies are closed to off-campus Sisters, Associates, family and friends.

As of August 18, 2021:

  • All Co-workers, as a condition of employment, must be vaccinated for COVID-19. Co-workers must have received both doses of Pfizer or Moderna or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson by October 15, 2021.

As of December 14, 2020:

  • All Co-workers who enter a building where they may be in direct contact with Sisters must wear N-95 face masks and face shields.

As of May 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021:

  • All Congregation-related travel remains suspended.
  • All Congregation meetings will be held virtually.
  • The Motherhouse campus remains closed to all guests and visitors through April 5, 2021.
  • All Sisters should avoid commercial travel.
  • All Weber Center in-person programming remains suspended.

As of April 6, 2020:

  • All Co-workers must wear a face mask while they are on campus.

As of March 20, 2020:

  • “Shelter in Place” for Adrian campus residents, who must remain on campus and in their communities;
  • Dining rooms closed and meals are delivered to campus residents;
  • St. Catherine Chapel closed to residents; liturgies continue with necessary personnel and are broadcast through closed circuit television.

As of March 19, 2020:

  • Madden Hall administrative offices are closed to all, except critical Co-workers; others work from home, as possible;
  • Co-workers in positions critical to the care of the residents are screened daily for symptoms of illness.

As of March 14, 2020:

  • In compliance with State Executive Order prohibiting visitors at health care and residential facilities, no outside visitors to the Motherhouse campus;
  • Co-workers are to self-screen, monitor, track, and report any symptoms of illness.

As of March 10, 2020, the Congregation has suspended:

  • all Congregation-related travel as well as meetings, conferences, and gatherings involving travel by its 533 Sisters, 206 Associates and nearly 300 Co-workers;
  • personal travel by Sisters to areas where the virus has been reported and participation anywhere in social or other events involving larger groupings of people;
  • all workshops and programs sponsored or hosted by Weber Retreat and Conference Center; and 
  • visits by off-campus guests to the Dominican Life Center of the Motherhouse where the community’s elder members reside. 

A task force comprised of the Congregation’s Administrator and lay leaders of the Motherhouse campus are meeting daily to monitor the pandemic and to develop effective mitigation protocols and implement new measures as needed. As conditions warrant, these suspensions may be modified.  

The Adrian Dominican Sisters join with people around the world in prayer for the victims of the coronavirus, their families, and all healthcare workers who are courageously serving on the frontlines of this pandemic. In their letter to the community announcing this “prudential preventative action,” the five members of the General Council wrote that the measures were being implemented “for the common good of our own community and the larger communities in which we live and serve.”

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Avatar  Wafa sader mualla last yearReply

It saddens me to year of the passing of many sisters due to Covid. My heart is aching. Dominicans are the light, the voice, the compassion in our community. I personally, was consoled by your compassion when my mother passed. You hold high place in our community and in my heart. God bless you all. Love always.
Love from Palo Alto, CA

Avatar  Joey Dillon last yearReply

In judging the amount of sisters affected especially considering age, it seems the affected numbers are quite low, which compliments the precautions used in prevention.
Congrats on success !
Joey Dillon (Sr.Jean Francis' sister)

Avatar  joseph mulligan last yearReply

Dear Sisters,
I am so sorry to learn of the passing of the nine beloved sisters. My condolences to the whole community. I join with you in celebrating their lives, and I give thanks to God for them. May the Lord strengthen all of you.
In Christ,
Joe Mulligan, SJ

Avatar  Don Vettese last yearReply

Loving God, We pray that you will remove any temptation we have for fear, hopelessness or despai. Help us place our hope in your eternal presence and love. Listen to the hearts in this community who pray for healing and protection from this disease. We lift this prayer in faith that you hear and answer prayers in your time, in your way and through your son Jesus Christ. Don Vettese, SJ

Avatar  Sharon Eisen last yearReply

Will you publish the names of those who have died? I am sorry that you were so severely impacted. I hope that everyone will stay safe.

Avatar  Judy Ireland last yearReply

We are all praying fervent prayers for you, for healing of those who are ill, for continued health for those who are healthy, and for the uplifting of your spirits as you shelter in place. You are so important to us and to this world. Blessings to you.

Avatar  Bonnie Beauvais last yearReply

Prayers for all the sisters and those who oversee and provide care to them. Be safe, be well and be strong.

Avatar  Mary Keelty 2 years agoReply

Bless you all as you thoughtfully discern how to be with this pandemic. Thank you for your grace-filled ways!! We will see this through, yes we will!! 🌎💫💜



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