Mount Alvernia - Contemplating Change by bernicrumb

Mount Alvernia - Contemplating Change

The Mount Alvernia Motherhouse of the Sisters of Saint Francis was built in the late 1800s for a population of more than 300 nuns, novices, and postulants. Today, there are fewer than 75 Sisters living there, and most of them are over the age of 70. The parochial school that the Sisters operated closed almost 30 years ago, and now the Motherhouse itself is closing, sold to an undisclosed buyer, and the Sisters will be moving to a retirement community residence for the elderly several miles north of the Motherhouse.

I visited my great-aunt, Sister Rose Marie Wilson, age 90, in the spring, and she showed me parts of the building that I had never seen in prior visits--places that she studied, worked and lived in as a postulant and novice, where she always returned to over her years of teaching in various parochial schools in different places, to her retirement to the Motherhouse at age 80--and I took dozens of pictures. I'm sharing four more images that can be found in my other albums.
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