Fransiscans give up the struggle

Posted on November 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

|By Geoff Hodgson| Relatives of residents at the St Francis nursing home in Braintree, Essex are fighting to prevent the closure of the 42-bed facility. The relatives fear the home, owned by the Franciscan Missionary Sisters, will be sold to developers. In October, a group of relatives and their supporters presented a letter and petition to Cardinal Murphy-O¹Connor, protesting about the “wall of silence” they say they have met from the nuns on their plans to evict the residents. Ms Noel Riley, of the St Francis Campaign, said the nuns suddenly announced last June that they were closing the home and said all the residents would have to leave by January. “The nursing home stands in extensive grounds which many believe will be attractive to property developers and it was thought the Order intended to maximise the asset by selling the home,” Ms Riley told Caring Times. “The Order, based in Rome, is not normally one which observes a rule of silence, but they have adopted it towards relatives who want to discuss t

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