Sisters of St. Benedict not opening liturgies to the public

Special to The Message

Out of caution for guests and sisters at Monastery Immaculate Conception, the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand are not opening liturgies to the public for the foreseeable future. In a press release, the sisters noted that the Diocese of Evansville encourages those age 65 and older, and those with underlying medical issues, not to attend public Mass.

The press release continued, “Many sisters at the monastery in Ferdinand fall into that age category. While we genuinely miss our wonderful guests, the health and well-being of the sisters are of vital importance, which helped lead to this decision.

“Although we are unable to welcome you through our monastery doors, we are continuing to reach out to you with prayer and reflection through our Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, Indiana, Facebook page. Each day we welcome you to pray with us as we ring our bells at 3 p.m., praying for an end to the current pandemic. On Monday mornings, our sisters are offering inspirational videos to help us navigate through these hard times.

“God’s light is here for us. Please pray for the Sisters of St. Benedict as we will continue to pray for you and with you during these uncertain times.”