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Little Sisters of the Poor's century old legacy in Evansville draws to a close

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Wednesday, the Little Sisters of the Poor announced the sale of St. John's Home in Evansville to Ide Management Company, an Indiana-based healthcare provider. 

After 131 years of service to the elderly of Evansville and southwestern Indiana, the Little Sisters of the Poor expect to withdraw from St. John's Home on Oct. 31.  As announced in March of last year, an inadequate number of vocations and an aging community have obliged them to take this difficult step.

"It is with much sadness but also with profound gratitude and hope that we make this announcement," said Sister Maria Christine Lynch, Provincial Superior of the Little Sisters of the Poor. 

"We love what we do, and as Little Sisters we have devoted our lives to welcoming and caring for the needy elderly.  A decision to leave one of our Homes is the last thing any of us would ever want to do, and having been the sole sponsor of St. John's Home for 131 years makes this departure especially heart-rending.  We are keenly aware of the sadness felt by all those who in any way have been a part of the large family of St. John's Home, past and present. First and foremost, we think of our dear Residents and devoted staff, many of whom have been with us for a long time.  Our gratitude extends to the greater Evansville community and to all who have supported our mission of hospitality."

"We are very grateful that our Home will continue to be a home for the elderly and infirm, offering a full continuum of health-related services.  We have many reasons to be hopeful about the future.  Ide Management Company, who owns and manages skilled nursing and assisted living facilities in the Midwest, will assume responsibility on November 1 under the name: University Nursing and Rehabilitation.  This group has a strong presence throughout Indiana and three other Midwest states.  Their philosophy of "Residents First, Staff Always" makes us optimistic that they share the vision expressed by our Foundress, Saint Jeanne Jugan that "making the elderly happy is what counts," said Sister Maria Christine.

A Mass of Thanksgiving is scheduled for Sunday, November 24,  at 1:00 p.m. at St. Benedict's Cathedral, 1328 Lincoln Avenue, across the street from St. John's Home. All are invited to attend.

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