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Sisters Surrounded

Two religious sisters who stayed with elderly residents of their facility in New Orleans:

Sister Tekakwitha Vega and Sister Carolyn Leslie didn’t want to be in New Orleans when Katrina hit. But when 19 residents of a senior-citizens apartment building refused to leave, they stayed, too.

"We knew that if we left them, at least seven of the residents would have died," said Sister Tekakwitha, 77, administrator of the five-story Delille Independent Living for the Elderly.

Many of the residents suffered from diabetes, others had heart problems; they ranged in age from the 70s to almost 90.

"We know we are elderly, too, but we can still keep going," added Sister Carolyn, 76.

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posted September 17, 2005 at 5:25 pm

That’s Love

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posted September 17, 2005 at 8:20 pm

God bless them. They give me hope.

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posted September 17, 2005 at 8:45 pm

God bless them.
I hope the residents realize what they have there, what a treasure.

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posted September 17, 2005 at 9:10 pm

God bless their work? Does anyone know their mailing address which they are using now?

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posted September 18, 2005 at 12:24 am

Thanks, Dave. I would like to know that too.

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Joyce Evans

posted October 23, 2005 at 8:57 pm

I was a resident of Delille Inn who evacuated early and would like very much to make contact with Sister Tekakwitha Vega. I can be reached at 817-741-5332.

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