Retired Sisters of St. Joseph to Relocate from Mont Marie
HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB)- Thirty retired Sisters of Saint Joseph of Springfield are forced to leave their home at Mont Marie in Holyoke. The Sisters have been in the Springfield area for over 130 years and have devoted their lives to the church. Now financial struggles are to blame for the move.
On Wednesday, a moving truck was parked outside of Mont Marie as the Sisters prepare to relocate.
“Every single Sister in our community, including those who will move, voted to do it, explains Sister Maxyne Schneider, President of Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield.
But that doesn’t mean they’re happy to leave a place they’ve called home for so many years. To prevent being left without any cash assets, the Sisters of St. Joseph continue to funraise, move their own administrative offices, and now their own retirees.
This is the new reality.
“What we didn’t know would happen is that society would change, church would change and not so many would be entering religious communities of Sisters. We have not been able to put money into our retired sisters for the future,” Sister Maxyne adds.
Eight of the Sisters are moving about 10 minutes away, to Maria Hall. The location is currently underconstruction so that the new space will feel life home. At the location in Holyoke, Daughters of the Heart of Mary welcome the new residents with open arms.
Sister Miriam Najimy, from the Dauhgters of the Heart of Mary explains her response when she was first asked.
“I was asked, would you consider opening Maria Hall to the sisters of St. Joseph? And I said you just read my mind”
The others will be taken under the care of the Boston Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Framingham and in Milton, Mass.
Depsite the move, Mont Marie commits to their mission of providing community, religious spirit, and care for each sister throughout her lifetime.
The sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield will continue to minister to the people of Western Mass and throughout New England. They also wish to make clear that the Mont Marie Health Care Center and the two senior housing facilities will continue to operate as usual.