That difference lifted its residents in the last year as they lived dark days of isolation and fear as the coronavirus cut through society, several residents and staff members said.

Sister Rose, as she is known, is the American Superior of the worldwide Congregation of the Sisters of Nazareth, which founded Nazareth House in San Diego nearly a century ago. Today, she leads the  six Nazareth sisters who live in the complex that overlooks historic Mission San Diego de Alcalá.

“We provide service for the entire person — soul and body,” she said. “It’s absolutely faith-based. It’s the core of who we are. What else would sustain us but prayer (during the pandemic)?”

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Thank you to The Southern Cross for their kind permission to use the original article by Lola Sherman.