St. Francis nuns will remain in Manoa; decision reversed
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St. Francis nuns will remain in Manoa; decision reversed


    Sister Rose Annette, who has been a nun for more than 60 years and taught at St. Francis School, is among two dozen retired nuns who will be allowed to stay at the Manoa convent.

Retired St. Francis nuns will be allowed to remain at their Manoa convent, it was announced today.

The Syracuse, N.Y.-based order that operates the convent had announced earlier this month it would close it and move 24 retired nuns to the Plaza, a senior assisted-living center in Pearl City.

The move was to be made in March, but the Sisters of St. Francis of Neumann Communities reversed the decision, spokesman Patrick Bigold said.

The retired nuns broke out in song after hearing the decision this afternoon.

The sisters — retired nurses and teachers mostly in their 70s and 80s — were not happy about leaving their longtime home, a place where they enjoyed interacting with the students of St. Francis, and their situation drew an outpouring of support from St. Francis School alumni and the community.

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