St. Francis alumni hold ‘quiet’ protest after nuns forced out of convent

Saint Francis School alumnae on Saturday protested the closing of a convent in Manoa.

“It’s been a pleasure and privilege to be here at Saint Francis, we just cannot let the nuns not know how much we love them,” said alumni association vice president Phyllis Leimomi Stephenson, a 1955 Saint France graduate.

“These women are like ohana, they’re like our mothers, our aunts you do not take them out of their homes and put them in an environment they don’t know,” said alumni president Carol Caspillo, a 1961 graduate.

They say the association represents about 4,000 alumni, and about 20 gathered for the quiet protest before mass at Saint Francis Saturday afternoon.

The convent is on the Saint Francis School campus, many of the 24 sisters who live here have been here for decades.

Officials with the order that runs the convent say it’s closing it for financial reasons because there’s a lot of unoccupied space and because it’s not the best location for nuns to age in place.

It’s offering the nuns rooms at The Plaza in Pearl City, which the nuns say will change their way of life, as they won’t be able to interact as much with the school children.

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