The coronavirus pandemic brings a host of tragedies: Death of friends and family, loss of jobs, social isolation.
But for Catholics facing their own death or that of a loved one, a special loss is felt by Catholics who fear not being able to receive the anointing of the sick, last rites, before dying. To address this potential spiritual distress, a team of two dozen Chicago priests have volunteered to visit coronavirus victims, while carefully following guidelines set by the Archdiocese of Chicago to avoid spreading the disease.
Several priests have been assigned in each of the six vicariates of the archdiocese to carry out this important mission of mercy. Each is under the age of 60 and has no underlying health issues that would make them especially vulnerable to coronavirus.