Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Reaction to Vin Mannix's coverage today on the outrageous beating of Sister Nora Brick has been swift and furious.
The 81-year-old nun, reknowned for her acts of kindness throughout the community, was beaten so badly that she has been hospitalized. As the news spread, well-wishers have swamped Manatee Memorial Hospital with cards, flowers and gifts -- so many that the hospital is turning people away. Hundreds of people at the Manatee Community Foundation's annual Spirit of Manatee Awards luncheon today bowed their heads in prayer for Sister Nora. And we heard from newspapers as far away as Ireland, with requests for photos from The Irish Sun on Bishops Square in Dublin.
Metro Editor Marc Masferrer posted this informative blog yesterday, explaining why we named a victim in this instance. It was a decision made only after much discussion, as he notes. Based on the outpouring of care as a result, the decision proved sound.
Tiffany Tompkins-Condie's photo illustrates only the beginning donations at Stillpoint House of Prayer, where Sister Nora Brick prays.