Life has changed for the Sisters of St. Francis at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, where 20 women still live in a convent on hospital grounds, a far cry from the roughly 125 sisters who lived there in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
"You never know you're in a hospital," said Sister Lauren Weinandt while walking through the convent. The simple living quarters were quiet on a weekday morning earlier this month as the sisters who live there did volunteer work around the hospital.
The Sisters of St. Francis no longer occupy top administrative and nursing positions at Saint Marys -- it's been roughly five years since the last time a sister worked as a nurse there -- but they remain deeply involved at Saint Marys as they volunteer in the gift shop, work at the information desk and visit patients and their families
Post-Bulletin, by Matt Russell, 11/14/09
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