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2017-07-12 / Business

Sisters of St. Francis enter new phase of property study

The Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities in Williamsville have now entered the second phase of a property study that began in 2015 to determine the best long-term housing plan for the sisters living in the region.

According to a press release, the sisters are pursuing a senior care provider owner/operator for the community living center and region house at 201 Reist St. for the 62 sisters currently in residence. The search is also for any additional sisters currently residing in local mission houses in Western New York.

In the press release, Rochelle Cassella, congregational director of communications for the Sisters of St. Francis, said the congregational priorities include the care of the sisters, the continuation of the mission and ministries, and financial sustainability.

“Selling property will make it possible for us to provide care for all the sisters of the congregation, while partnering with professionals whose expertise ... in the field of elder care will ensure quality of life for the sisters and make it possible for those in Williamsville to continue to live in the current building,” Cassella said.

The release further stated that similar studies and sales have taken place in other regions where the congregation has region houses, including the East Coast facility in Hastings-on-Hudson, as well as the residences in Central New York. The region house in Pittsburgh is also up for sale.

“Our ‘Philosophy of Life’ commits us to live as independently as possible for as long as possible, and to be good stewards of our properties, as we continue with our mission and ministries, while at the same time seeking to achieve financial sustainability,” Sister Marian Rose Mansius, coordinator of Life Services at St. Mary of the Angels, said in the release. “Finding the right owner and operator for St. Mary of the Angels is an important part of that plan and philosophy.

Cassella added that there is no estimate of how long it may take to find an owner/operator.

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