United in One Mind and One Heart: The Society of Mary & Epidemics

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In more than 150 years of ministry in the United States, the Society of Mary has experienced multiple outbreaks of disease—from yellow fever epidemics in their early years in Louisiana, to the flu epidemic of 1918-1919, to the COVID-19 pandemic that has altered many lives for the past several weeks. Their dual emphases on community life and education bring an increased level of vulnerability, but the order has remained committed to their charism through every challenge.

United in One Mind and One Heart: The Society of Mary & Epidemics