Little Sisters of the Poor to Close North St. Louis Home

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – After operating for 147 years, the Little Sisters of the Poor will withdraw from their residence in north St. Louis.

The local order’s Mother Superior Gonzague Castro calls the decision emotional and sad. Young women are not joining the convent like back in the 50s and 60s and the Little Sisters are short on staff and funds. “We want to be very active in the ministry of caring for the elderly poor and right now we’re seven Little Sisters here in St. Louis. We just can’t give the spirit that we really feel that we need to,” she says.

The nuns’ departure is not immediate, but imminent. “This is a long process,” says Mother Gonzague. “We don’t know when we will actually leave the city, certainly not before the end of the year.”

Although the Little Sisters are leaving their north St. Louis home, the 88 elderly residents in their care are not being displaced. The nuns are working with Clayton Capital Partners, a local acquisition firm, to find a buyer that will continue their mission.

The decision for the Little Sisters of the Poor to leave is not exclusive to St. Louis. The order is still evaluating what other homes worldwide need to be consolidated.

In the meantime, the order still needs financial help to support their elderly residents and will hold a rummage sale this Saturday.

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