COVID-19 Day of Lament
|Sisters at Sinsinawa Mound have remained vigilant in protecting against the possible contraction and spread of COVID-19 since March by wearing masks and practicing social distancing. From left: Srs. Sue Brodeur, Gail Jagroop, Amanda Zygarlicke, and Kim Anh Nguyen.|
As we marked the death of over 100,000 people in the United States from COVID-19 (504 of those being people in the State of Iowa, and 18 of those deaths in Dubuque County; 539 deaths in Wisconsin with 10 of those in Grant County), Catholic Sisters in the tristate area joined with national faith leaders, the city of Dubuque, and the Archdiocese of Dubuque in remembering all those lost in a National Day of Mourning and Lament June 1. We observed the National Day of Mourning and Lament with moments of silence, lowering of flags, ringing of bells, and a proclamation by the city of Dubuque calling on us to pray together for the healing of our country and recommit to the difficult work ahead.
We, the Catholic Sisters of the tristate area, are grateful to all those who have led us at the frontline of the COVID-19 response efforts in the surrounding region during this difficult time: the first responders and essential workers who have cared for us and provided essential services and goods to benefit our community, and our civic leaders who have planned and prepared a response that addresses both the health and economic challenges of these days. We recognize what this has meant for you and your families as you have aided and comforted so many. We reach out in prayer to console all those who have lost a loved one during this time as that grief is compounded when we cannot be with one another. Let us come together as a community as we continue to face challenges from COVID-19.