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November 4, 2004

CARDINAL RIGALI TO BLESS ST. MONICA MANOR

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will bless and dedicate St. Monica Manor, located at 2509 South 4th Street in South Philadelphia, as a Catholic nursing home. Earlier in the year, Catholic Health Care Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia created a Pennsylvania non-profit corporation known as St. Monica Manor. On September 1, 2004, St. Monica Manor acquired the 180 bed nursing care facility formerly known as Methodist Hospital Nursing Center. The acquisition and dedication fulfilled a decades-long dream of providing long-term care for the frail elderly in South Philadelphia and demonstrate the continued commitment of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in urban areas.

Cardinal Rigali will preside at the blessing, assisted by Most Reverend Joseph R. Cistone and Most Reverend Louis A. DeSimone, auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Reverend Joseph A. Tracy, Secretary for Catholic Human Services, will offer acknowledgments and Mr. Jeffrey Cox, Administrator of St. Monica Manor, will welcome those gathered.


Friday, November 5, 2004
3:00 p.m.
St. Monica Manor
2509 South 4th Street
South Philadelphia

Background

On August 19, 2004, Catholic Health Care Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced that it would acquire the former Methodist Hospital Nursing Center from Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals. The acquisition was final on September 01, 2004.

The corporation established to acquire the facility and the facility itself are named St. Monica Manor to honor the memory of two people connected with St. Monica Parish in South Philadelphia who made this possible. The bequests of Monsignor Aloysius F. Farrell, a former St. Monica Parish pastor, and his aunt, Mrs. Mary Townsend provided trust funds with the intent of assisting the elderly.

Approximately 60 percent of the current residents of St. Monica Manor are Catholic; about 80 percent are from the neighborhoods of South Philadelphia.
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