At the annual assembly of the Catholic Health Association, its members were applauded for their work and urged to combat health disparities in this country, many of which were exposed during the pandemic.
"I feel hopeful because of the creativity we've been forced to find," said Felician Sister Desiré Findlay, a vocation outreach minister. But she also views the online chats as a stopgap until those discerning a vocation meet the sisters in person, which she said they need to do.
Since vaccines began rolling out in December, some elderly sisters have been able to get vaccinated, but not all of them. Many, who live with fellow sisters, not in assisted living or long-term care centers, are not at the top of vaccine eligibility lists. It also depends on where the sisters live and how their states are distributing available vaccinations.
Sister Norma Pimentel, a Missionary of Jesus and executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, has received numerous awards over the years for her work in Texas with migrants along the U.S.-Mexican border, and she can now add a new title to her list: one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world.