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Groundbreaking for new CSJ facility

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJ), founders of St. Catherine University, held a groundbreaking ceremony July 20 for its new Carondelet Village. The senior living and health care facility is slated to open in fall 2011.

An estimated 650 people turned up that sunny morning to celebrate the occasion, according to CSJ Communications Director Ann Thompson '78, including several St. Kate’s faculty, staff and students. The program featured greetings by St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Congresswoman Betty McCollum '87, prayer and song, and a reception at the Carondelet Center.

Carondelet Village, located on the CSJ grounds at the corner of Randolph and Fairview Avenues (adjacent to St. Kate’s main campus), will offer some 240 individual apartments, including studios and one- or two-bedroom units as well as units for memory care and assisted living.

The St. Paul City Council approved $30 million in bond funding on December 2, 2009. The Sisters are partnering with senior housing developer Presbyterian Homes and Services to plan and build the facility — scheduled to open in 2011.

Construction will begin in August and includes the demolition of Bethany Convent, a health and retirement facility for Sisters of St. Joseph that is structurally outdated and cannot be renovated.

"[Carondelet Village] will be a place where people will have the opportunity to remain active, involved and stimulated,” says Carolyn Puccio, CSJ '65, a member of the province leadership team.

And it could also be a place for St. Kate’s students to hone their healthcare skills.

“We are looking at opportunities to collaborate with St. Kate’s,” says Beth Carlson, Carondelet Village Campus administrator. “We look forward to how these opportunities will benefit both SCU students and the residents at Carondelet Village.”

Read more about Carondelet Village in SCAN.

Aug. 3, 2010 by Pauline Oo

See also: Catholic Identity