Convent set to leave Kingston Road home

The convent of the Congregation of Notre Dame is set to close its doors for the last time in August 2013.

The building, located next to St. John’s Catholic Church on Kingston Road, has been the home to the sisters of the CND for over half a century. In November, the sisters celebrated the 60th blessing of the building.

No final decisions  have been made regarding a sale of the property after the sisters move out.

Local leader Sister Eileen Power said the organization’s focus right now is to find homes for the nuns who currently reside at the convent.

“Our efforts are going into the placement of the sisters and their care and support,” she said.

Connie MacIsaac, a spokesperson from the CND head office in Nova Scotia, said the closure is part of a wider process dealing with lower numbers and an aging population of sisters.

“We’ve made decisions regarding our larger residences, as the numbers diminish and administration becomes more difficult for our senior sisters,” she said.

St. John’s Church is holding fundraisers to raise money for a bench commemorating the sisters’ longstanding service in the community. The granite and marble bench will be installed at the entrance to the church.

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