Richmond, Va., Nov 2, 2019 / 14:34 pm
The Little Sisters of the Poor will withdraw their community from Richmond, Virginia, after 145 years of serving the elderly in the area, they announced Wednesday.
The decision was made due to declining numbers in the religious community, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.
Bishop Barry Knestout of Richmond said in a statement that the sisters will be missed.
"I am deeply saddened to see them leave our region as their departure will leave a profound void within our community that is irreplaceable," he said. "Yet, I am immensely grateful for the decades of humble service, selfless work, great love and devotion they have provided to the most vulnerable in our community."