Diocese of Columbus Transfers Ownership of The Villas at St. Therese Property to Carmelite Sisters


Germantown, NY - The Carmelite System, Inc., a Catholic not-for-profit health system sponsored by the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, has reached an agreement with the Diocese of Columbus to assume ownership of The Villas at St. Therese assisted living facility, located at 25 Noe-Bixby Road, Columbus. This transaction completes the process of transferring ownership of all facilities on The Villa campus. The Carmelite System assumed ownership of The Villas' independent living facility at 5253 E. Broad St. in November 2014.

The Carmelite Sisters have been charged with management of The Villas since 1998. The sisters and the diocese agreed that residents would be served most effectively by coordinating operations of the entire campus under one service entity. The sisters, with their unique expertise in senior care and long history of service within the diocese, combined with their management of the adjacent Mother Angeline McCrory Manor nursing facility, were the obvious choice as this entity.

"This transaction also allows for the possibility of expansion of The Villas concept of senior living for those of moderate means in other parts of our diocese," said Msgr. Joseph M. Hendricks, president and chief executive officer of the diocese's retirement community program.

"It also ensures these facilities will continue to maintain their inherent Catholic identity, which is critical to so many of its residents, as well as provide senior facilities to our retired priests and religious, who have served our diocese so well through the years," Msgr. Hendricks added.

As in the past, the primary goal of The Villas is to provide affordable and comfortable housing for middle-income seniors, regardless of their religious background. While the facilities' current services will be subject to re-evaluation, there are no immediate plans to change any rates or fee structures at The Villas related to this transfer.

Sister Ann Brown, O.Carm, who originally was appointed to manage the facilities in 1998, has been chosen as president and CEO of the new entity. "The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm have been happy in our service within the Diocese of Columbus and our tenure at The Villas of St. Therese and Mother Angeline McCrory Manor," Sister Ann added. "We are delighted that through this transaction, we will continue our 55-year ministry of medical and spiritual care for the elderly of the Columbus area."

The Villas at St. Therese independent and assisted living facilities, with 75 and 45 units respectively, were established in 1998. Mother Angeline McCrory Manor, a 147-bed nursing facility at 5199 E. Broad St., named in honor of the foundress of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, was opened in 2005. The diocese's St. Therese Retreat Center also is located on the campus, at 5277 E. Broad St.

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