An 102-year- old School Sister of Notre Dame died Sunday at the religious order’s convent in Mankato, but her brain will continue her work on this earth. Back in 1986, 678 elderly nuns agreed to participate in what is now referred to as the Nun Study, “a unique study of aging and Alzheimer’s disease,” which included donating their brains to research.

Of the 678 nuns who originally agreed to participate in the study, 43 are still alive, including three at the Good Counsel Provincial House in Mankato.

The University of Minnesota has plans to begin a Nun Study II with a new group of School Sisters, this time involving nuns of all ages.

Why nuns? Well, mostly healthy and homogenous  lifestyles.