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The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in La Crosse, Wisconsin, have been taking in prayer requests and have been praying for the last 137 years. Flooding, snowstorms, flu outbreaks, are just some of the things that have ravaged La Crosse over the course of the century, but none of that has stopped this dedicated group of nuns from praying nonstop for the hundreds upon thousands of people who request prayers.

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Their prayers run from night to day for the ill and the suffering longer than anyone in the United States — since 11 a.m. on Aug. 1, 1878.

“When I walk into the chapel I can feel this tangible presence kind of hit (me),” said Sister Sarah Hennessey

It is estimated that these nuns have prayed for hundreds of thousands of people, including 150,000 in the last decade. There is 180 people known as “prayer partners”. They are responsible for helping the sisters with the praying. Their numbers began dwindling in 1997, that’s when the community started helping.

The order started asking for community help in 1997, when the number of nuns began dwindling. Today, there are night shifts as well as day shifts in which people take over the praying duties. God bless these selfless people!

Article: CBS NEWS