Sisters of St. Joseph say final goodbyes to Mont Marie

Last sister left motherhouse Thursday morning

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) - Sister Janice Malloy has been a Sister of St. Joseph for 71 years; living at Mont Marie in Holyoke during her retirement years. SSJ has agreed to sell their longtime home. So, on Thursday morning, the retired Cathedral High School teacher left the motherhouse to move in with a West Springfield family. Most of the other sisters have gone to live with a religious order in the Boston area

“We’re going to miss everything about Mont Marie. I’m going to miss everything about Mont Marie,” Malloy said. “I’m happy for the sisters who’ve gone, They’ll be taken care of, I’ll be taken care of where I’m going.”

It had become too expensive to keep up the Mont Marie building, where the retired sisters had lived. The President of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Sister Maxyne Schneider, admitted to being filled with conflicting emotions.

“It’s such a mixture that I’m feeling. Of course there’s great sadness that we had to do this.  But on the other hand there are real blessings,” Schneider said.

Sister Maxyne praised Mont Marie’s new owner, Tryko, for having faith-based roots and understanding its needs. And most of all for keeping alive the presence of the Sisters of St. Joseph here in western Massachusetts.

“Mont Marie Health Center will continue under the same name. It will flourish, It will have our sisters with members of the public the way it does now,” Schneider said.

In addition to developing the nursing home and possibly subsidized housing at Mont Marie, Tryko, the new owner has agreed to lease the chapel to the sisters for one dollar per year.

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