Historic Mississippi Catholic building to be closed, nuns relocated

Published 2:46 pm Monday, July 29, 2019

A historic Mississippi retirement home for nuns is closing and is being sold.

The Enterprise-Journal reports Sister Debra Sciano said in a news release St. Mary of the Pines Catholic retirement home in Chatawa would soon be sold and many of the 40 residents relocated to St. Anthony’s Gardens in a nearby Louisiana parish.

The downsizing comes as fewer American women are entering the School Sisters of Notre Dame, a Catholic religious order.

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Residents will begin moving in August. Those needing more skilled care are expected to move in the coming months to a building under construction next to St. Anthony’s.

It’s unclear what will happen to a church and retreat center on the same property as St. Mary.