Milwaukee nun one of two stabbed to death in Mississippi, requiescat in pace

A Wisconsin native who dedicated her life to helping poor people in rural Mississippi was one of two nuns reportedly found stabbed to death Thursday in their home in Holmes County.

Sister Margaret Held, 68, who was with the School Sisters of St. Francis in Milwaukee, and Sister Paula Merrill, of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Kentucky, were found dead at their home in Durant.

Held and Merrill were nurse practitioners at the Lexington Medical Clinic, where they helped treat thousands of patients a year, regardless of their ability to pay.

“These were the two sweetest sisters you could imagine," said Father Greg Plata, who serves as priest at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Lexington. "It’s so senseless.”
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What a terrible and senseless act of violence.  A robbery seems like a strange reason to stab someone to death, the investigation in underway at any rate.  May God reward them for their fidelity and devotion to the poor and may more women follow them in service to the poor. Prayers for them and all our sisters.

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