Sister Margaret Held, Sister Paula Merrill Dead: Facts About 2 Nuns Fatally Stabbed In Mississippi

Sister Margaret Held, Sister Paula Merrill Dead: Facts About 2 Nuns Fatally Stabbed In Mississippi
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Two nuns have been found brutally murdered in their home in Mississippi.


Sister Paula Merrill and Sister Margaret Held, OSF were scheduled to work at the Lexington Medical Clinic on Thursday morning when they did not show up for work. Concerned, workers called the police and found the bodies of the nuns in their home in Durant, Mississippi.

Following the incident, Father Greg Plata, OFM from the Catholic Diocese of Jackson, released a statement saying, “These were the two sweetest sisters you could imagine. It’s so senseless.” Father Plata is the priest at the St. Thomas Catholic Church in Lexington.

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Meanwhile, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth President Susan Gatz also released a statement, asking everyone to ” pray in gratitude for the precious lives of Sisters Paula and Margaret … they served the poor so well,” adding, “Because we are gospel women, please also pray for the perpetrators.”

According to a report from CNN, both Merrill and Held were found stabbed. Police also found evidence of a break-in, and officials now believe that a car is missing.

Merrill served in the health care ministry in Mississippi for 30 years. She was a nurse practitioner at Lexington Medical Clinic since 2010. Meanwhile, Held was a nurse practitioner who moved to Mississippi in 1983 and to Durant in 2003.

Following their deaths, the Mississipi Secretary of State released a statement saying, “Unbridled love and care for mankind has been met with unparalleled savagery. These faithful nuns worked tirelessly at the Lexington Medical Clinic to make the Holmes County community and Mississippi a better place to live. We hope justice will be swiftly served.”

As of today, no arrests have been made with regards to Merrill and Held’s murder.

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