Missouri nun who died in 2019 exhumed and found to have 'no sign of decay'

Memorial Day weekend has been unusual this year for Missouri, as thousands are traveling to see the preserved body of an exhumed Catholic nun who died in 2019 but has shown no signs of decay.

Sister Wilhelmina Lancaster, who died in 2019 at the age of 70, was exhumed for removal to the planned St. Joseph Shrine last month.

The abbey stated that before the body was extracted, the sisters had “been told to expect bones in the highly moist clay of Missouri, as she was buried in a simple wooden coffin without any embalming whatsoever four years ago."

The statement continued by saying, "The discovery of what appeared to be an intact body and a perfectly preserved religious habit created an unexpected twist to our plans. We had no intent to make the discovery so public, but unfortunately, a private email was posted publicly, and the news began to spread like wildfire. However, God works in mysterious ways, and we embrace His new plan for us."

Thousands have descended on the abbey to view what many are describing as a miracle. Some even want to touch the body, although it seems highly unlikely that will be happening.

Sister Lancaster's remains will be interred in the shrine on Memorial Day morning and will be the last opportunity for visitors to take dirt from the grave.