Little Sisters Saying Goodbye

Senior care home of 150 years about to close

Kevin Killeen
August 13, 2018 - 5:15 am

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - It's been a summer of goodbyes for the remaining nuns caring for a dwindling population of residents at a senior care center set to close soon after 150 years.

The Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged at 3225 North Florissant was slated to shut down in October, but it may close even sooner, the administrator says.

Efforts to find a new organization to run the nursing home were unsuccessful.

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Mother Superior Sister Gonzague Castro leads the remaining group of six nuns caring for about a dozen residents in the eight-story nursing home. Residents are being placed in other care facilities.

"There are a lot of emotions," Gonzague said. "It's hard for our residents to leave; it's hard for our staff to leave; it's hard for us to say goodbye. But everyone is very peaceful about it."

The public is invited to a Mass of Thanksgiving for the Little Sisters on August 25 at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral Basilica on Lindell.

The nuns are planning a sale this Wednesday in the auditorium of some furnishings and TVs, Christmas decorations, cookware, decorative ware and lamps.

Once the facility is closed, Gonzague says the big sale -- an auction -- is planned to sell off the remaining items.