Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Sisters Host Celebration to Say Goodbye to Motherhouse

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Sisters Host Celebration to Say Goodbye to Motherhouse

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As they walked in the echoing corridors of the nearly century- old, four-story Mount Nazareth Center, Sisters Geraldine Wodarczyk and Kathleen Matuszewski recalled days when their numbers were larger and their surroundings a lot busier.

One room, now storing crafts and other items, was once a hive of activity for young novices, where they sewed, read and wrote letters. Another room once reverberated with the typing practiced by girls at a long-closed high school that once operated at the site in Ross.

"This was our home for so many, many years," Sister Matuszewski said.

"We probably can tell you every nook and cranny of the building, both from a cleaning perspective and a remodeling perspective," added Sister Wodarczyk.

A long chapter of the sisters' presence at Mount Nazareth is coming to end, however.

The Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, their numbers aging and shrinking, are selling the historic motherhouse to Presbyterian SeniorCare. Only six of the sisters still live at the home that once housed about 100 nuns, novices and others.

The nonprofit Presbyterian SeniorCare plans to put in 42 apartments for seniors to live independently and will acquire about 10 of the 30 or so acres remaining on the site on Bellevue Road.

But the sisters will still maintain a presence on the property. Their long-running preschool program, Mount Nazareth Learning Center, will continue its operations. So will the Holy Family Manor personal-care home. …

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