A Catholic nun who has spent more than 650 days tweeting daily prayers to President TrumpDonald John TrumpKimberly Guilfoyle reports being asymptomatic and 'feeling really pretty good' after COVID-19 diagnosis Biden says he will rejoin WHO on his first day in office Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad MORE says in a new interview that it is the “hardest spiritual practice” of her life.

Sister Susan Francois of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace religious order has tweeted a prayer at Trump’s official @POTUS account since a few days after his inauguration.

In an interview with The New York Times, Francois said that she began tweeting prayers to Trump as a way to remain “engaged but does not add to the negativity.”

"When I sent the first tweet, it was purely for myself," she told the Times. "I didn’t expect it to make a big splash. But that fact that it was public and that I committed to it every day means I have to do it, even if I don’t want to. It’s been the hardest spiritual practice I’ve ever committed to."


The 46-year-old, who previously worked as a city elections official in Portland, Ore., said that she noticed other nuns praying publicly for former presidents and world leaders.

Her tweets occasionally make references to policy issues, but largely call on the president to practice “kindness,” “humility” and other virtues.

“Dear @POTUS, 663 days later still praying that you come to understand the present & future impact of your policy actions (or in action with #climatechange) and choose to be on the right side of history, promoting common good of all over special interests of the few,” reads a recent prayer.

“I usually just sit for a little while and see what comes,” she told the Times of her experience crafting the tweets. “If there is a particular thing happening, then I will take that to prayer until I can get that to a whole statement that is not toxic, because that is what I am trying to do: Come from a place of integrity while remaining engaged.”

Francois told the paper that she tweets to the @POTUS account, rather than @realDonaldTrump, because it is archived by the federal government.

“It is important for consistency and for history to know that ordinary people didn’t look away,” she told the Times. “I wanted it to be a record of history that a Catholic sister wanted to tweet a nonviolent prayer at the president.”

Trump often uses his personal account to tweet attacks on the media and his political opponents.