Five elderly nuns may be losing their order, but they still have lots of friends.

A group calling itself friends of the Sisters has rallied around the nuns, who range in age from the 60s and 80s, since the Catholic Diocese announced plans in May to disband the Sisters Auxiliaries of the Apostolate order in Monongah. If it is closed, more than $1 million the sisters had accumulated in long-term investments for their retirement will revert to the diocese.Bishop Bernard Schmitt has pledged that the nuns will have a place to live and will receive financial aid. Nonetheless, Friends of the Sisters plans to write to him outlining the community's support for the nuns.