Advance good works until they are almost finished; and then, whenever possible, let them be completed by someone else who will receive the honor. -Maxim 85
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden announced April 26, 2018, that they have closed on the sale of Villa St. Joseph to Concordia Lutheran Ministries, a faith-based nonprofit senior and health care provider that aligns with their mission.
The Congregation established Villa St. Joseph in 1997 in order to meet the critical health care needs of elderly residents in Beaver County and surrounding communities as well as the needs of the Sisters. The Villa has evolved into a five-star facility of choice for both long- and short-term residential care and rehabilitation services.
“The Sisters of St. Joseph have been committed to the success and vitality of the Villa since its foundation. Concordia Lutheran Ministries has indicated that it recognizes the quality of care and excellent service provided by the Villa and has expressed its commitment to build on the solid foundation of Villa St. Joseph,” said Sister Mary Pellegrino, Congregational Moderator for the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Concordia President and CEO Keith Frndak has echoed those sentiments. “Concordia searches for certain characteristics when considering prospects to expand our mission to serve seniors. Our Board of Directors believes that Villa St. Joseph offers an excellent opportunity to continue to be a Christian consolidator,” he said. “It is a faith-based community with a reputation for high quality care and we look forward to serving the people of Beaver County for many years.”
Sister Mary said that the decision to sell the Villa followed months of rigorous planning and prayerful consideration. “Like many religious communities today, the Sisters of St. Joseph are continually engaged in strategic planning to ensure that the needs and care of all of our Sisters can be met and that our ministries and charitable outreach can be sustained far into the future,” she said.
Over the years, the Sisters of St. Joseph have served at all levels at the Villa, including as board members, managers, staff and volunteers. While the Sisters will no longer own Villa St. Joseph, they will continue to visit as volunteers, serve in staff positions as appropriate and receive care as residents at the facility, which is located on the 94-acres campus of the Congregation. Likewise, the Sisters of St. Joseph will continue to welcome residents and families who wish to attend Sunday Mass in the Sisters’ chapel.
“For the past 21 years, it has been such an honor and privilege for the Sisters of St. Joseph to plant the seeds and lovingly nurture this ministry of compassionate care in service to our neighbors in need,” Sister Mary said. “We are deeply grateful to the Villa boards, staff members, donors, residents, families, and partners who have helped us advance our mission to serve God and the dear neighbor without distinction through this cherished ministry.”
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