ONE of Queensland’s oldest religious orders, the Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, has handed over the running of the Villa Maria Centres for the Aged to Catholic Healthcare.
The order was involved in the running of aged care services for more than 100 years.
The three Villa Maria Centre aged-care ministries are in Fortitude Valley (Brisbane), Ipswich and Unanderra, near Wollongong in New South Wales.
The centres provide care and support to 186 older people.
The order, which now has only 20 remaining members aged from their late 50s to early 90s, was once famous for its needlework, making priest’s vestments and supplying Brisbane emporiums with bridle trousseaus.
The sisters, who have also cared for the poor, aged and needy since their founding by Fr Julian Tenison Woods in Brisbane in 1874, will remain at their convent in St Paul’s Terrace, Fortitude Valley.
It is here they will continue their order’s main work – the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
Congregational leader Sr Mary Cresp said the order was now considering developing the section of the complex, which contained the convent and newest chapel into a spirituality centre.
Catholic Healthcare is a large provider of aged, community and healthcare services in New South Wales and now in south-east Queensland.
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