Dozens of St. Francis nuns forced out of Manoa convent

Nuns who have called a Manoa convent home for decades are being forced to move out.

Twenty-five nuns live in Saint Francis School’s convent, but the order that runs the facility says it’s time to close the doors.

Officials say the decision is partly financial. There’s a lot of space that’s not occupied.

But they also say it’s not the best location for the nuns to age in place. Most of them are in their late 70s to early 90s.

The nuns are being offered rooms at The Plaza, a senior assisted living community in Pearl City.

They say the move will change their way of life, since they won’t be able to interact with the kids as much.

“I know that they’ve been very supportive of the school and its projects and all kinds of events and things, and we are definitely working with The Plaza on making sure that the sisters will be able to have transportation and get back and forth,” said Rochelle Cassella, spokesperson for Sisters of St. Francis.

“It’s a very emotional thing. The sisters have been living here since 1931. It’s a very difficult thing to give up your home that you had for all those years,” said Sister Joan of Arc Souza, head of Saint Francis School

The sisters are also being told that an assisted living facility is in the works in Liliha under the St. Francis Healthcare System, and they’ll be offered space there when it opens in a couple of years.

The convent will be offered to Saint Francis School for lease to expand.

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