Catholic Health has agreed to buy the Immaculate Conception Convent in Hamburg and open about 40 market rate apartments for seniors in it while continuing to house 44 nuns there.
The Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph (FSSJ) is selling its 40,000 square-foot convent at 5229 South Park Ave., which was built in 2010. Terms of the sale, which is expected to close Dec. 28, were not disclosed.
“The motherhouse is no longer just a home for the sisters, it’s now also a resource through which the congregation will be able to continue to live-out its mission and charism. We can no longer go forth into the community, however, the community can now come to us,” said Sister Ann Marie, FSSJ general minister.
Catholic Health intends to market approximately 40 units within the facility as market rate studio apartments for seniors. Meal plans, housekeeping, laundry services and activities will be available to the new tenants. Relatively minor modifications will be made in advance of the apartments going on the market in early 2018.
Smaller than the original 1927 motherhouse located across South Park Avenue, the convent reflects the congregation’s commitment to “care for all creation” and was constructed to be environmentally friendly and sustainable. It is a LEED platinum certified facility. The sisters sold the original motherhouse in 2011.
“With remarkable foresight and intrinsic generosity, these devoted women planned and built a facility that would not only serve their modest needs, but also be perfectly suited for reuse by the community,” said Joe McDonald, president & CEO, for Catholic Health.
“Catholic Health’s commitment to environmental stewardship makes them an ideal caretaker of a facility so carefully planned and built to preserve the environment,” Sister Ann Marie said.
Catholic Health is working with the sisters to facilitate the transition of the convent’s staff to positions within Catholic Health – many of which will continue to be located within the facility.