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24 nuns are being forced to move from the convent at St. Francis School in Manoa, to a senior center in Pearl City because the organization that owns the 11-acre property wants to close the convent permanently.More >>
24 nuns are being forced to move from the convent at St. Francis School in Manoa, to a senior center in Pearl City because the organization that owns the 11-acre property wants to close the convent permanently.
There was a show of support Saturday afternoon for 24 elderly nuns at St. Francis School who are being evicted.
The nuns will have to move to a retirement home because the convent on campus is closing.
The mainland organization that owns the property and leases it to the school says it can no longer afford upgrades for the aging building.
St. Francis alumni rallied to allow the nuns to stay.
"These women are like ohana. They're like our mothers, our aunts. You do not take them away from their homes and put them in environments that they don't know," said Carol Caspillo, President of the St. Francis School Alumni Association.
"We're here in support and in love of our nuns who have given us so much foundation, so much learning, so much faith, so much compromise of life. We can't just sit back and not care about this," added Phylis Leimomi Stephenson, Vice President of the Alumni Association.
The sisters are scheduled to move to The Plaza Assisted Living Center in Pearl City next year.