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Edward Stross, a Roseville artist completed a new mural in Roseville memorializing the 13 Felician Sisters who died of COVID-19 at their Livonia motherhouse this spring.  (Banner Photo by Patricia O’Blenes)

When the Felician Sisters established the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary convent in 1936, Livonia was just a small town of farm fields outside of Detroit.

The Felician Sisters — known for their religious faith and resilience — opened Madonna University the following year and, later, founded a Montessori preschool, several elementary schools, Ladywood High School, St. Mary Mercy Livonia Hospital, Angela Hospice, Marywood Nursing Care Center and Senior Clergy Village, all within about one square mile.

“The city has grown up around them and because of them,” says Patty, a graduate of Ladywood High School, a ministry of the Felician sisters from 1950 to 2018. “I was a first-generation college graduate. The sisters were mostly Polish immigrants and they gave me the idea that I could go further in life.”

The Livonia Felician community in 2009.

Twenty-two cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed at the convent and 12 sisters have died since April 10, at least eight of them directly from the disease. The community was home to 56 sisters before the coronavirus outbreak.

Angela Moloney, President and CEO of the Catholic Foundation and an alumna of Madonna University, was deeply moved by a sense of profound loss for the Felician community and the impact of losing so many sisters so quickly. She felt called to respond and invite others to join her in creating a fund to support the sisters.

“This is an opportunity to let the sisters know how much we care about them and support them in this difficult time,” Angela says. “I’m excited that the sisters are willing to accept this fund as a gift of hospitality.”

The immediate needs that have been identified for the Livonia community are burial expenses and care for the sisters. While so many sisters were sick, the community had to hire additional nurses and caregivers. There were unanticipated additional costs related to staffing, sanitizing, purchasing prepackaged food items, and securing personal protective equipment.

The new support fund is a donor designated fund, which makes it simple for an unlimited number of donors to contribute to the sisters in a variety of ways (such as via credit card, a check, or a gift of securities). The fund is restricted to support of the sisters, and it can go out in an amount and frequency that is most helpful for them.

When making a gift to the fund, donors are encouraged to share a story of a sister who has had an impact on them. These stories will be collected and shared with the community.

Angela receives graduation recognition from mentor and advisor Sister Ann Stamm at Madonna University.

Angela is grateful for the many lessons learned from the sisters. She learned about social justice from Sr. Mary Martinez Rozek, who coordinated a Multicultural Club at Madonna University before other institutions addressed diversity. She learned about compassion while volunteering in the Sisters’ infirmary under Sr. Victoria Marie Indyk. Both sisters passed away in April.

“I would not be who I am today, without the inspiration, leadership and wisdom of the Felician Sisters of Livonia. This is the least I can do to give back to them,” Angela says.

Other local leaders have recognized the impact of the sisters too.

Sen. Dayna Polehanki, who recently held a moment of silence on the Michigan Senate floor in honor of the Felician sisters in Livonia, notes their long legacy of service.

“The pandemic has had a devastating impact on the convent in Livonia,” Polehanki says. “Now, in their time of need, I encourage others to join me in donating to support these remarkable women.”

Livonia mayor Maureen Miller Brosnan reflects, “The Felician Sisters are not only integral to the foundation of healthcare and education in the City of Livonia, they are integral to my personal foundation. I was taught by the Felicians at St. Michael Catholic Schools, and my children have been taught by Felician Sisters at St. Michael’s and the Montessori Center of Our Lady. They are part of who I am today.” She continues, “The Felician legacy of unconditional compassion for people, coupled with their inherent desire to meet the community’s most basic needs in healthcare and education make them inspiring, strong women.  We are saddened by the loss of so many sisters but we will be forever grateful God placed them in our city.”

Sister Mary Christopher Moore, CSSF, provincial minister, is grateful for the tributes to the sisters on the floor of the state senate and in the media. “This outpouring of love and support in our hour of need is God’s Providence in action,” she says. “We are humbled by the generous spirit of the Catholic Foundation of Michigan that has embraced our Sisters during these unprecedented times.

Sr. Victoria Indyk offers health care in Haiti.

Archbishop Allen Vigneron recognizes the local impact of the Felician sisters. “For generations,” he says, “the Felician sisters have labored to bring the love and message of Jesus to innumerable souls in the Archdiocese of Detroit. Jesus assures us, ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.’ I am grateful that the sisters now will be able to more readily receive support from those who often were once recipients of their own selfless sacrifices.”

To learn more about the Felician Sisters of North America, visit https://www.feliciansistersna.org/.

Update: As of August 28, 2020 we have distributed roughly $20,000 to the sisters through the kind generosity of nearly 800 donations from supporters in 35 states and four countries. Read more. 

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Remembering the 12 Felician sisters who died in April and May:

 

Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth! (Psalm 104:30)

During this Sunday’s Pentecost feast, we will hear this Psalm proclaimed. In this time of pandemic, our prayers for renewal and healing may have a newfound earnestness. And yet also during this time, we have experienced in profound and powerful ways how so many Spirit-led people are responding courageously and generously to those in need.

“How manifold are your works, O Lord!” the psalm continues. With nearly 40 organizations featured in our COVID-19 Catholic Faithful Response Fund, we have seen the abundant variety of ways that people are being of service, and we “are glad in the Lord”.

In our Pentecost edition of the Catholic Foundation’s newsletter, we feature numerous donors and funds that are modeling “different forms of service” in the name of the same Lord (1 Cor 12:12).

You, too, are part of this body of Christ, who has been given to drink of one Spirit. We thank God for you, and we are here to support your calling to be generous and faithful.

Where is the Holy Spirit leading you to live more faithfully, more ignited and fully alive during this season?

 

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“Deo Gratias Ministries is founded on the idea of unconditional hospitality and on human dignity, reflecting the truth that all people are created in God’s image and have a right to be cared for and have their needs met,” shares Co-Director Sr. Shelley Marie Jeffrey, CSSF.

Deo Gratias Ministries is an independent ministry of the Felician sisters and received a 2019 competitive impact grant from the Catholic Foundation of Michigan. One way that Deo Gratias Ministries offers hospitality and provides opportunities to build relationships is through their café. The café serves as a welcoming area where people can drop in for refreshments or a light meal, and is based in the parish center at St. Jude Parish in the Regent Park neighborhood of northeastern Detroit.

“There are a lot of pantries and soup kitchens, but the sisters are creating a place for people who do not have access to Starbucks or Panera. At the ca, people can relax and drink a cup of coffee or play games together,” shares Terry Ahwal, who serves as an advisor to Deo Gratias Ministries. 

“There are a lot of pantries and soup kitchens, but the sisters are creating a place for people who do not have access to Starbucks or Panera.” – Terry Ahwal, advisor to Deo Gratias Ministries

John Kanitra and his wife Anne volunteer with Deo Gratias Ministries, and the first time John came to drop off a donation for the café, he ended up staying several hours. “The café is a comfortable space and everyone seemed to feel like they belonged,” he reflects. 

“Every person that the sisters come into contact with is treated like a friend. The sisters did not want to start a ministry giving food to people they did not know. They want to get to know the community, and to become a part of it. Yes, to understand its problems, but especially to recognize the community’s strengths and find out what their hopes and dreams are,” Terry continues.

As relationships among community members are built at the café, community needs can surface. “It provides an opportunity to talk together about what needs to happen in the community. We are not us coming in with the ideas but rather working together on solutions,” Sr. Shelley shares. 

“One of the outcomes in the belief in the intrinsic dignity of the person is belief that each person has unique gifts and has the right to make choices. Everyone’s voice is important because they come from their own experience and have a sense of what their needs are,” says Sr. Shelley. “As two middle-aged white women coming into this largely African American community, we recognize that we don’t have any answers. We try to honor their experiences and engage interculturally,” she continues.  

After many months of planning, the café opened up in January 2020. It was only operating for about two months before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, but a small, steady group of neighbors had been coming regularly. The local residents had already shared many ideas for how to build community in the neighborhood, including cleanups, a BBQ meal, and forming a neighborhood association. 

Then, in March, the COVID-19 pandemic hit. “We had to think differently. We began a short term ministry that we can do while people need to stay at home to be safe,” shares Co-Director Sr. Felicity Marie Madigan. 

 The pantry at St. Jude Parish temporarily closed, and so the sisters began a curbside distribution of food and masks twice a week, which is currently serving about 70 cars. A café guest has been regularly helping with the distribution. They are already thinking about how to adapt after the stay-at-home order is lifted, such as having an outdoor café. 

Another way Deo Gratias Ministries is building community in the neighborhood is with a community garden. Currently they have planted vegetables in three gardens which they hope they can harvest for and with neighborhood residents this fall, many of whom do not have easy access to fresh produce. They have applied to buy a lot near St. Jude which will allow them to put in a much larger garden. Eventually, the sisters hope to raise enough funds to renovate the existing kitchen to offer cooking classes and build skills for cooking fresh produce. 

Those who meet and work alongside the sisters are moved by joy, hope and spirit of gratitude. “The sisters are helping to unleash the Gospel through their work. They are so enthusiastically embracing building this ministry. The sisters’ joy is infectious,” shares Tim Johnson, an active parishioner at St. Jude Parish who helped connect the Felician sisters with the parish.  

For those who have never been to Regent Park, Terry Ahwal encourages them to come visit. “You will see decline, but beyond that, you can see the people and their potential,” she says.

Because the ministry is completely run by the sisters and other volunteers, 100% of donations go toward program costs. To get involved visit their website at https://dgmdetroit.org/ and contact Sr. Felicity. 

“Nearly one hundred years ago a couple of nuns came to Livonia and built the institutions that made the city prosper. Imagine the Regent Park neighborhood 20 years from now, transformed because of the community-building work that Deo Gratias work is facilitating. I believe these nuns are going to be successful because they work from the heart and they work smart. Please support their work,” Terry encourages. 

Give today to Deo Gratias Ministries’ work during the COVID-19 pandemic through a gift to the Faithful Response Fund.

 

Help us grant even more this year for social outreach ministries

From May 12-18, 2020, we invited you to experience the joy of philanthropy with us by asking you to share with our granting committee the organization that most inspires you from our Grant Catalog

Last week, we announced the grant recipient organizations who received the most unique votes, and wanted to share more about their ministries during the coronavirus pandemic and why community members were inspired to vote for them. 

Thank you to the thousands in our community who participated and generated the most interest for these organizations. 


St. Joseph Shrine, Detroit: Food Distribution

St. Joseph Shrine made extraordinary adaptations over the past several weeks to continue its work of caring for the spiritual and material needs of the community. The priests of the Shrine remained available each day to hear confessions and make sick calls. They also increased their spiritual outreach to the public via live-streamed Masses and devotions.

St. Joseph Shrine’s food pantry, which is operated in partnership with the St. Vincent de Paul Society, continues its mission of providing food and other essentials to local families in need. The food pantry has adopted new strategies to serve the present needs of its neighbors by providing financial assistance for necessities and taking new precautions to safely serve our neighbors, such as delivering food. The food pantry regularly serves over 100 local families twice a month and they are currently increasing services to meet increased demand.

With the grant they received from the Catholic Foundation of Michigan’s Catholic Faithful Response Fund, St. Joseph Shrine will be able to:

  • Restock supplies for the food pantry, including shelf-stable food, sanitation supplies and personal protective equipment to promote health of an increased number of local families
  • Purchase additional sanitation supplies and personal protective equipment to maintain a clean environment as the Shrine reopens for masses

 

Community members who voted for St. Joseph Shrine shared why they were inspired: 

  • St. Joseph Shrine is an incredible parish with devoted priests who have saved the church building from being demolished and raised money for it’s repair. They have created a parish family that is unique and they truly care about their parishioners, providing every opportunity to connect and receive the allowed sacraments during this pandemic
  • St. Joseph Shrine has remained a beacon of hope in this unprecedented time. We found great solace in being able to visit with Our Lord in adoration and in the broadcasts of the Holy Mass and the 33 Day Consecration to St. Joseph preparation.
  • St. Joseph Shrine provides much needed spiritual nourishment for the people of God, not just in Detroit, but for many others due to their online presence! The priests help God’s people grow in holiness each day.

Regina High School, Warren: Tuition Assistance  

Without much notice, the dedicated teachers at Regina High School quickly moved their curriculum to a digital platform to allow students to complete their tasks at home, until school ended in late May. The guidance staff provided a list of resources for families on topics such as physical, mental, and COVID-specific health, education, spirituality and food assistance programs. Throughout the last months of school, the administration consistently checked in with staff, faculty and families, to let them know that they wished to work with families in any way they can. The administration brought appreciative signs to every teacher, and staff delivered signs, cap and gown and other items to seniors on the day that would’ve been their graduation. 

Regina’s Alumnae Association raised over $10,000 for Gleaners Community Food Bank and for Regina families experiencing financial hardship during this time. Regina also hosted a blood drive, and shared an online campaign thanking their alumna who are working on the front lines as healthcare providers. 

With the grant they received from the Catholic Foundation of Michigan’s Catholic Faithful Response Fund, Regina High School will be able to support families who may be financially concerned about continuing to send their daughters to Regina. 

Community members who voted for Regina High School shared why they were inspired: 

  • Regina develops its young women’s vision and faith. The transformation of the young women during their four years at Regina is remarkable. The faculty, staff and students are an asset to our community and the state of Michigan. 
  • Upon entering the main doors of Regina High School, you feel the presence of the Lord, the warmth and inviting smiles of faculty, staff and students, as well as a sense of a very loving community. It is truly a special place!
  • Regina High School builds strong women, many of whom have careers in healthcare.
  • I am so grateful for the support that Regina has given the girls during this difficult time. We are so blessed to be part of the Regina family.

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Cornerstone Education Group, Detroit: Devices for Virtual Learning

Through their Food Distribution Program, Cornerstone parents in Detroit and Redford can pick up 12 meals per week. Many families depend on school meals for their children, and Cornerstone has also been working with the Mayor’s office to provide food for additional children in the neighborhoods they serve. Weekly, more than 500 individuals receive food in this program. 

Cornerstone Education Group has also been in touch with every parent to determine if they are in need of a Chromebook device and internet access to support their child’s virtual learning during this time. They have distributed over 1,100 Chromebooks and are still in need of more to meet the need of families, so that students can better access critical virtual learning platforms.

With the grant they received from the Catholic Foundation of Michigan’s Catholic Faithful Response Fund, Cornerstone Education Group will be able to distribute 10 Chromebooks to families in need.

Community members who voted for Cornerstone Education Group shared why they were inspired: 

  • Cornerstone has an excellent teaching staff, who are communicating well with parents and spending a lot of time virtually teaching our children.
  • Because of Cornerstone Schools, our children have a bright future.
  • I love Cornerstone. It is a wonderful place to send children, and radiates love and happiness.
  • I would love to see Cornerstone be blessed with this grant to help more families like me who have multiple children in need of laptops to help complete their schoolwork and also to feed those in need!

St. Albert the Great University Parish, Houghton: Formation and Resources for Spiritual Closeness 

From early in time of the pandemic, St. Al’s was focused on clear and consistent communication for year-round and student parishioners, online as well as phone calls and mailings, particularly for older parishioners. Faith development continued through online guided retreats, YouTube homilies, Zoom cookouts and other ways of nurturing spiritual closeness during physical distancing. Parking lot adoration and confession were also offered to the community. 

The St. Al’s community re-opened for mass this week, utilizing the Bishop’s directives to reduce risk. They are also continuing to provide morning Holy Hour and parking lot confessions and adoration. 

Community members who voted for St. Albert the Great University Parish shared why they were inspired: 

  • They were instrumental in building my faith as a young man and continue to serve young people going through important years of change and challenge to find and grow in their faith.
  • They are providing great leadership and innovation in this trying time. They were among first to host drive-up adoration and confessions. The church is now open 24 hours a day.
  • St. Al’s is truly a huge family of students and community members who support one another. 

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The Catholic Faithful Response Fund has helped to rapidly deploy resources to organizations on the front lines during the coronavirus pandemic, and we have been overwhelmed by your faithful, generous giving to ministries, schools and parishes in need of mission-critical funding.

From May 12-18, 2020, we invited you to experience the joy of philanthropy with us by asking you to share with our granting committee the organization that most inspires you from our Grant Catalog.

We were delighted that 6,421 of you responded and we are excited to announce the grant recipients!

These are the organizations with the most unique votes:

$5,000 grant: St. Joseph Shrine, Detroit 

$2,500 grant: Cornerstone Education Group, Detroit 

$2,500 grant: Regina High School, Warren 

$1,000 grant: St. Albert the Great University Parish, Houghton 

 

Learn more about the grantee organizations

 

More than one thousand of you also left a comment about the organization that inspired you, or about the voting process. All of them were wonderful to read. Here were a few highlights: 

  • “Oh my! I wanted to cast a vote for every single one! I will now send some private donations since I wanted to support so many! God bless you all!”
  • “Wonderful opportunity; I could have voted for more. Thank you.”
  • “I am impressed that there are so many worthy organizations.”
  • “God bless you, Catholic Foundation of Michigan. All of the charities you selected are worthy of support and many are all-volunteer grassroots operations.”
  • “Great job inviting participation in this way! Thanks for supporting such important ministries.”
  • “Thank you for raising funds and awareness for all of these wonderful organizations!”
  • “Praise God for this generous opportunity. I am in awe.”

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Your support has empowered our partners to support hundreds of families, senior citizens and vulnerable individuals through local food pantries, shelters, residential facilities and schools.

“Generosity breeds generosity! Donors are adding multiple donations and finding new ways to support. This brings joy and helps us all feel empowered during this time,” shares Angela Moloney, President and CEO of the Catholic Foundation of Michigan.

The Catholic Foundation is taking on all administrative work associated with the granting process, allowing organizations to focus on their critical ministry.

To date, we have granted over $80,000 to organizations that are in need of mission-critical funds. See photos from these organizations and learn more about our collaborative impact.

In 1921, Ernest and Elsie Hiller bought a lake house way out in Oakland county as a summer home for their family.  They had thirteen children and wished to keep them occupied by living on the lake in the summers. One of the first things they did was to plant an oak tree on the property. The property did not have a lot of trees, and none close to the lake. Ernest and Elsie knew that they would never really get to enjoy the tree, but they would nurture it and watch it grow, as they did their children. One day, they envisioned, it would be a mighty oak tree. By 1965 Ernest and Elsie had passed away, but the home was still in the family and busy every summer with Hiller grandchildren. The small tree from 1921 had become the mighty oak that provided much-desired shade and a tire swing that the grandchildren could play on. The Hiller children, now adults themselves, sat in Adirondack chairs under the tree and enjoyed the shade and the cool breeze from the lake. This is what Ernest and Elsie dreamed of the day they planted the tree–that the generations that followed would benefit from their faith in the family and the permanent gift of the tree.

This is a true story, and I share it today because many people don’t realize that they have the ability to create their own legacy of giving for generations to come through the Catholic Foundation. Our goal is to help those who wish to leave a legacy and show them how it can be easily done through a program of charitable gifting. You might be a candidate if you have excess income through social security or Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) from retirement plans that can be redirected to create a legacy of giving.

Our goal is to help those who wish to leave a legacy and show them how it can be easily done through a program of charitable gifting.

Recently we helped Nancy* set up this program. She has worked hard her entire life and has managed to save enough so that she enjoys a comfortable and secure life.  She shared with us that though she is required to take her annual RMD, she did not need that money to live on, and she sought our guidance about how to invest these funds. In our conversation she shared about her strong Catholic faith and the charities she already supports. Nancy desired to create a legacy plan that would continue her funding of these charities even after she was gone.

She decided to take out a life insurance policy owned by the Foundation and insuring Nancy, so that once she is no longer here, the policy will pay out to the Catholic Foundation and create her charitable fund.  The premium amount is paid by Nancy to the Catholic Foundation which creates a tax deduction for her, so it is really a “win-win” for everybody. This endowment fund created by the life insurance will continue her annual contributions for years to come to the charities that are important to her.

The fund created by the life insurance will continue her annual contributions for years to come to the charities that are important to her.

Ernest and Elsie saw the benefits of planting a tree for their children and grandchildren to enjoy. The Catholic Foundation believes that the strategy of taking out a life insurance policy to create an endowment fund as one that “plants a tree” for the future.  It allows a generous, faithful donor to continue to fund the charities that are so important to them and the community, long after they are gone. Consider if we each planted a tree; we would have a forest. 

By William Barnett, CPA

To learn more about how you can implement a similar strategy in your legacy planning, contact Angela Moloney at the Catholic Foundation at 248-204-0332 or info@catholicfoundationmichigan.org.

*The donor’s name has been changed.

 

About the Author

William Barnett is an Executive Director of Financial Planning at Michigan Financial Companies and is a Preferred Professional Advisor with the Catholic Foundation. He can be reached at 248-663-4745 or wbarnett@michiganfinancial.com.

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In March 2020, the Catholic Foundation of Michigan launched the Catholic Faithful Response Fund for COVID-19 to deploy rapid resources to affected organizations on the front lines during the pandemic.

Through community support, the Catholic Faithful Response Fund raised mission-critical funding to numerous ministries, schools and parishes in southeast Michigan. Our weekly grant cycles empowered our partners to support hundreds of families, senior citizens and vulnerable individuals through local food pantries, shelters, residential facilities, schools and more.

The Catholic Foundation took on all administrative work associated with the granting process, allowing organizations to focus on their critical ministry.

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“Spirit-led” grants will power missionary activity and evangelization

Throughout the history of the church, the Holy Spirit has inspired women and men to bring the Gospel to the people of their time in new and innovative ways. In our missionary work across the Archdiocese of Detroit, disciples are called to be innovative, bold, flexible, adaptable and willing to learn from the inspiration and ideas of the Holy Spirit.

That is why, as a direct response to the Archbishop of Detroit’s message in Unleash the Gospel, the Catholic Foundation was called upon to create the Spirit of Innovation granting fund.

Through “Spirit-led” grants, Catholic parishes, schools and organizations in the archdiocese will be able to develop, launch and grow new initiatives, ministries and approaches that share the Good News with all, forming joyful missionary disciples. 

“The call to unleash the Gospel is the work of a generation. No matter the circumstances in the Church or the world, we know Christ has called us to boldly proclaim the good news of Jesus, risen from the dead. He invites us not simply to receive this news but to be his co-workers in bringing others into relationship with Him,” shares Fr. Steve Pullis, Director of Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship for the Archdiocese of Detroit, and liaison to the fund.

“Pope John Paul II called the Church to evangelization with new methods. The Spirit of Innovation grant uniquely helps make these new methods possible, giving them the support to touch many more lives and spark further innovation for the growth of God’s kingdom,” Fr. Steve continues.

This fund, managed by the Catholic Foundation, will help activate projects that are bold and innovative. Even after Sent on Mission is complete, the Catholic community will continue to engage in a supportive, transparent and competitive process for Catholic organizations throughout the archdiocese to receive funding and articulate measurable impact on evangelization.

John and Kristan Hale with their children.

“The Spirit of Innovation Grant is yet another example of the way that the Holy Spirit is moving in and among our community here and now. The Holy Spirit is asking each of us to prayerfully be attentive to new and exciting ways to bring the message of Christ’s love into our world. This grant is an exciting indication of our community’s response,” share John and Kristan Hale, Chairs of the Sent on Mission Stewardship Committee.

 

 

Distributed in December, Spirit of Innovation grants will:

  • Activate future initiatives to serve beyond the work of individual parishes and their Missionary Strategic Plans 
  • Inspire disciples to dream and innovate
  • Attract national ministries and organizations
  • Support innovative and outward focused missionary work in the Archdiocese of Detroit
  • Respond to future inspirations of the Holy Spirit

 

The Catholic Foundation of Michigan will offer competitive Spirit of Innovation Grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 and expects to make the first distribution in December 2020.

Learn more about our 2020 granting process. 

 

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