Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph sell former Motherhouse

Fri, Apr 10th 2015 08:00 am
The Motherhouse on South Park Avenue in Hamburg.
The Motherhouse on South Park Avenue in Hamburg.

The former Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse on South Park Ave., in Hamburg, will have new life as market rate apartments and town homes, follow the closing on the sale of the property on April 8.

Five years ago, the sisters moved across the street to the new, energy efficient Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph Immaculate Conception Convent.  The former motherhouse property was purchased by a partnership of Sinatra and Company Real Estate, JT Properties, LLC, and NANCO Inc., an affiliate owned by the Nanula family.

The 18 acre property housed Immaculate Conception Convent for over eighty years. During that time the lives, hearts and spirits, of hundreds of women, were nourished in the Franciscan tradition.  

"Our congregation is  grateful that now our former home  will become home for our brothers  and sisters in the Hamburg community, said Sister Ann Marie Hudzina, the General Minister of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph.  "We hope that their new home may nourish their lives, hearts and spirits, as well."

Sister Ann Marie said proceeds from the sale will be used to support the care of aging sisters and ministries of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph, which include health care, parish ministry, education, social services and peace and justice.

The new owners of the Motherhouse have committed to restoration of the grotto, which will be accessible to the public.  Stained glass windows in the former convent chapel will be preserved and religious items from the chapel will be donated to missions in Nicaragua.

The original building dates back to 1928 when it opened as the original site of Immaculata Academy, which built a new school building that opened in 1954.  In 1957, Immaculata Teacher Training School opened, to become Hilbert College in 1964.  The Hilbert Reading Center operated out of the location from 1967 to 1969.

The Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph have been ministering in the Diocese of Buffalo since 1898, with a mission to "witness the Gospel in joy and peace, committed to prayer, service and care for all creation."

Vito Picone, senior director of business development for McGuire Development Company, served as the sisters' broker for the sale

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