It started with a wholesome attempt by the nuns at Our Dearest Lord Catholic Church in Rhode Island to enter the 21st century.

“We made Twitter accounts which we would mainly use to talk with other devoted followers,” says sister Gladys Williams. Things changed in late March when Williams posted about heading to Wendys.

“We don’t get out much. The small things are impressive to us. I posted about how much I enjoyed the Wendy’s 4 for $4 on a Friday night with my girls,” Williams recalls.

The reply she got from Twitter user KimJongGoon:

“Only a hoe would say something like this 😂“

The tweet has received over 18,000 retweets, which shocked Williams. “When my phone started blowing up, I thought it was for the tweet I made about our upcoming used book drive. It wasn’t.”

Williams regrets that she angrily replied, “you’re a hoe,“ to which he replied “so what 😂 .“ When she asked him if he was able to make a tweet without the 😂 emoji, he stopped tweeting her.

Sister Williams isn’t the only member of the Church who’s had a similar run-in on Twitter. Sister Mary Pankins came across one tweet in her timeline that proclaimed, “if one nostril bigger than the other she a hoe.”

“I’ve worked hard to maintain my purity. I’ve never been called something so harsh,” Pankins said while painfully examining her nose in the mirror.

Father of the church Lawrence Hawkins notes that the women are naïve to the “real world,” and took the misogynistic tweets to heart. Once he told the women that the tweets were mean-spirited and false, they decided to embrace the “hoe” term.

At the book drive, which took place on March 25th, Sisters Pankins, Williams and Simmons (who was told she was a “hoe” who “probably wore nothing under her nun outfit” on Twitter) insisted they be announced as “hoes” in an attempt to ingratiate themselves to the youth. Sister Louise Manew announced the women’s arrival to the event by saying, “here come the hoes!”

The joke didn’t go over as well as they thought, as many parish members left the event. An anonymous nun says that one of the priests offered to “walk Pankins back to her room” after hearing the comment– but Pankins denies it.

The women, now aware of men’s propensity to call women hoes for nearly anything, have begun to play into their newfound social notoriety, taking pictures suggestively eating hot dogs and using the 🍆 & 💦 emojis to announce the Church’s food and water drive.