Nazareth Living Center Celebrates Anniversaries
After presiding at the September 16 Mass, Most Reverend Robert Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, visits with a Nazareth Living Center resident and Sister Suzanne Wesley, CSJ, Province Leadership of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.
ST. LOUIS: On Sept. 16, Nazareth Living Center (NLC) marked its yearlong celebration of the 140 years the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJs) have made Nazareth Lane their home, plus the 20th anniversary of NLC’s Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing programs have been open to the public.
In 1872, some CSJ sisters came to live in a seven room frame house on a 57-acre former farm on Forder Road. The property was purchased in 1869. This farm house was used as a novitiate until 1880 when a brick building was constructed to accommodate 60 resident sisters. For the next 85 years, the red brick Nazareth was devoted to the care of retired and infirm sisters.
The “new’ Nazareth Home was built in 1965 and accommodated 160 sisters. Initially,sisters needing 24-hour care lived on the third floor of Gleason Hall, named in honor of the provincial leader, Sister Joan Marie Gleason.
By 1990, leaders saw the need to add a skilled nursing community that would not only care for aging sisters, but be the home of area residents in need. The sisters sold some surrounding acres as one means to finance the re-named Nazareth Living Center.
In 1992 McGovern Commons was opened and named in honor of Sister Jeanne McGovern, an award winning leader, pioneer in the field of aging and an early administrator of Nazareth Home. McGovern Commons still offers skilled nursing care and Gleason Hall provides Assisted Living and Memory Care programs.
In 2005 CSJ Province Leadership requested the Nazareth Board of Trustees to explore partnering opportunities to better position NLC for the increasing challenges facing the health care industry, particularly stand-alone facilities. After careful consideration, a management agreement was reached with Benedictine Health System (BHS), Duluth, Minn. The sisters and the NLC Board chose BHS because of its nationally recognized expertise in long-term care management.
Today, Nazareth is once again expanding to meet the needs of the community. Construction is underway for the Village at Nazareth independent living apartment homes.
For more information, go to www.nazarethlivingcenter.com