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The Sisters of Mercy

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No, not the band, they're still alive and kicking, but the Convent of Mercy in Brooklyn is in deep trouble. "Generations of nuns have taught the illiterate, sheltered the homeless and raised orphans. They are known as the Walking Sisters, ministering in the community as well as inside their convent. Now, after 146 years, it is time for the small band of sisters, most of them retired, to walk away from the convent." The leadership of the Sisters of Mercy are closing the place because it will cost more than $20 million to fix the "fortresslike building" in Fort Greene. The other Sisters of Mercy haven't put out a CD since the early 90s, but they're still touring. [CityRoom]