Sunrise Center, Little Villagers child care operations unaffected by transfer

    The Sisters of Mount Saint Benedict Monastery have announced they reached an agreement to transfer full ownership of Villa St. Vincent/The Summit, 516 Walsh Street, to the Benedictine Health System (BHS), Duluth, Minn. And Catholic sponsorship of Villa St. Vincent to the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery, Duluth, Minnesota,, effective Dec. 19.   

    Since 1998, the Sisters have shared membership of Villa St. Vincent/The Summit with the Benedictine Health System.  As the Sisters’ partner in the ministry, BHS has provided oversight and management of the daily operations of the facilities while the Sisters maintained the facility’s Catholic sponsorship.   

    “The transfer is a very positive move for the Villa as well as the Sisters of Mount Saint Benedict Monastery,” said Sister Jennifer Kehrwald, OSB, administrator of Mount Saint Benedict Monastery.  “The Sisters are transferring their health care ministry to a partner they know and trust to further their mission in serving the Crookston community.”   

    Because the Benedictine Health System is currently managing Villa St. Vincent, the transfer of membership will not directly affect the employees or residents of the Villa.  “We will continue to offer the same services provided by our dedicated team of caring professionals,” explained Administrator/CEO Judy Hulst, Villa St. Vincent/The Summit. “The Sisters will still continue to share their presence with us as volunteers within the facility and as members of our Board of Directors.”   

    In addition to the transfer of membership, the Sisters have agreed to sell a portion of the property to Villa/St. Vincent for future expansion of its services.  “As the Sisters are also looking to build new living space and deconstruct Marian Hall, we will be entering into a joint planning process with BHS to outline the future of the whole campus,” Sister Jennifer added.   

    This change will not affect the Sunrise Center’s child care and preschool programs or Villa/St. Vincent’s child care program.     

    “We are very excited about our future and what opportunities this change will bring to both organizations,” Hulst said.   

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