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Alumni Priests Provide Last Rites to Coronavirus Patients

Posted on May 12, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to claim victims around the world, families have been separated from their loved ones who are fighting for their lives in isolation. But Catholic priests are still able to bring the healing presence of the Church to these patients, with many Mundelein alumni priests volunteering to administer sacramental anointing of the sick in hospitals across the country.

Father Michael Lewis (El Paso, ’19), who previously dealt with a mass shooting near his parish shortly after he was ordained, is now organizing the regional response to the Coronavirus for the Diocese of El Paso. Watch the video below and read more in this article from the El Paso Times.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Father Matt O’Donnell (’12) is one of 24 priests–all under the age of 60 and with no pre-existing conditions–who volunteered to visit COVID-19 patients in hospitals throughout the Chicago area.

“Being able to pray with people in their last days or hours or moments, or even just to be there to give a presence of hope for a family, is really important to me,” he said. Watch the video below or read more in this article from Catholic News Agency about his experience.


In these times of sadness and uncertainty, the Good News of the Catholic Church is needed more than ever. Please consider making a gift to support Mundelein Seminary and the formation of a new generation of parish priests who–like Father Michael and Father Matt–are yearning to serve their communities as a holy bridge between Christ and His people.