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Historic Catholic building in Mississippi to be closed, sold

July 29, 2019

CHATAWA, Miss. (AP) — 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 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.

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.

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