On May 3, the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi celebrated the structural completion of their new convent with a Mass of Dedication and the cornerstone laying ceremony. Bishop James Schuerman, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, officiated at the private event.
After a reception in Troubadour, invitees had the opportunity to tour the new convent, which consists of three two-story buildings. Elizabeth Hall, which is an assisted living facility, and Clare Circle, for memory care, are joined by a Town Square area that includes reception, congregation offices, the Heritage Room, the Cornerstone Gift Shop, meeting rooms and a chapel area.
On the Friday preceding the dedication, sisters toured their new home for the first time. (See photos below). After watching the construction and reviewing photos of the interior progress for many months, May 3 was their first opportunity to experience the finished project.
The next day, May 4, employees and OSF associates toured the building prior to the offices being moved beginning May 13, followed by the move of approximately 80 sisters who will the initial residents.
The keys to the building were handed over to the Administrative Team on April 23 at a special celebration with those who had been involved with the project for the past two years, including personnel from Groth Design Group (the architects) and VJS Construction Services. Sister Diana De Bruin, director of the congregation, is seen here unlocking the front doors for the first time.