RVM warns public against 'fraudulent solicitation drives'

Published September 23, 2021, 10:45 AM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

The Religious of the Virgin Mary (RVM) has warned the public against “fraudulent solicitation drives” using the name of the congregation.

RVM statement

“We take this opportunity to caution the public on the reported proliferation of fraudulent solicitation drives on behalf of the RVM Congregation,” the RVM Secretariat said in a statement.

The Congregation said those who wish to send donations or assistance should coordinate directly with the RVM Secretariat through the following numbers: (02) 8723-4414 and 0920-4181981.

Meanwhile, nine elderly nuns of the RVM have died due to a COVID-19 outbreak at their convent in Quezon City.

The RVM Secretariat said the nine nuns who passed away, were all from the St. Joseph Home, a separate building inside the RVM compound on N. Domingo Street that houses the elderly and the infirm, are all in the age range of 70 to 98 years, and with comorbidities.

The first COVID-related death inside the convent was recorded on Sept. 13, and the most recent was on Sept. 21.

The RVM compound has been on lockdown since Sept.15 after 62 nuns and 52 lay personnel tested positive for the coronavirus.

“Among the 62 Sisters afflicted, two are already fully recovered, 38 are experiencing mild/moderate symptoms, and 13 are considered severe,” CBCP News quoted the statement of RVM.

The affected nuns and personnel, according to the RVM, continue to be monitored and receive treatment.

The Congregation has appealed for understanding in their request for privacy for the patients “and enable us to focus time and attention on their complete healing and full recovery.”