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.”
He thanked the sisters for more than a century of being “faithful servants and true examples of Christ’s loving care and unwavering, tender devotion for the poor, sick, elderly and dying within our diocese.”
Founded in 1839 by St. Jeanne Jugan, the Little Sisters of the Poor serve the elderly and dying poor in more than 30 countries across the globe.
The sisters have had a presence in the Richmond area since 1874. In 1976, they moved to their current location, where the congregation runs St. Joseph’s Home for the Aged - a 96-bed nursing home.
All of the residents in St. Joseph’s Home are being given the opportunity to transfer to a different home run by the Little Sisters in another state. They have also offered to help residents find a different local home.