At 103, Sister Placida survived the 1917 pandemic

At 103, Sister Placida survived the 1917 pandemic

The sisters celebrated with Sister Placida Anheuser on her 103 birthday on October 15. In this year of the pandemic, Sister Placida shared that this isn't her first one: "I survived the pandemic of 1917, in the hospital at age one. There were no vaccines so the doctor fed me with whisky from an eye dropper. It must have been strong stuff!" She remembered her father telling her how people dropped dead on the streets of the virus, like the bubonic plague during the dark ages.

Asked about the great gifts of her many years of life, she spoke about Benedictine living as a good choice. "Benedictines live a simple family-centered life of prayer and seek to please God by caring for each other amid the storms of life. Many people have followed this Benedictine way of serving God and neighbor for over 1,500 years so that must be 100% proof of success." It has certainly been a good path for Sister Placida.