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Carondelet Village Welcomes First Residents

December 9, 2011

St. Paul, MN —Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet residing in Bethany Convent in the Highland Park area of St. Paul moved to their new residences in Carondelet Village on Tuesday, December 6 following a private Mass. Archbishop Harry Flynn  presided at what was the last liturgy in Bethany Convent, a daily tradition since the convent opened in 1954. After Mass there was a “sending forth” ceremony and the Sisters, accompanied by other members of the CSJ community and Carondelet Village staff ceremoniously crossed the ramp that connects their old to their new home. On Wednesday, December 7, Reverend John Forliti blessed the new Carondelet Village Chapelspace.

“These celebrations mark the opening of the Sisters’ newest ministry—Carondelet Village,” explained Sister Margaret Belanger, CSJ, who is the Sisters’ project manager. “This new ministry comes at the close of a year that marked the Sisters’ 175 anniversary in the United States and 160th year of service in Minnesota. The Sisters will be joined by residents from the general public later in December.”

Carondelet Village, a senior living community is a joint project of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Paul Province, and Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS). One of its unique features is Carondelet Circle, a wellness and life enrichment center that includes a library, bistro, conservatory, market and gift shop, arts and crafts studios, and intimate gathering spaces that will be opening to residents and the general community over the next several months. Carondelet Circle will also host an array of holistic wellness and enrichment programs for residents as well as the larger community. PHS is managing Carondelet Village.

Carondelet Village Phase 2 construction will begin after Bethany Convent is demolished in January 2012. Completion of the entire campus is anticipated by late summer 2012. A full continuum of care will provide services and programs to residents and reach out into the larger community.

Although Phase 1 is fully reserved, persons interested in being added to the wait list may contact Karen Vento, Housing Advisor or call her at 651-695-5005 for more information.

Empowering area residents to live vibrant and independent lives, The Consortium at Carondelet Village, housed in the Carondelet Circle, aims to inspire older adults to share their gifts with the broader community and connect to a variety of wellness resources, including educational, spiritual, and recreational opportunities, coordinated home health care, transportation services, and dining options.

Click here for the Carondelet Village Consortium website

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet move into their new home at Carondelet Village