Today— we witnessed a true tragedy. There was a fire at our home, the St. Joseph Hill Convent. The historic portion of our home—with our chapel, sacristy, archives and provincial offices was destroyed—and is now a crime scene.
We ask for prayers, especially for our beloved Sister Regina, who is in intensive care at Staten Island University Hospital.
Also, to all those that have expressed concern and sent us their best wishes, thank you. Your prayers are much appreciated.
We appreciate your outpouring of support in our time of need, but at this time we all must wait patiently until the investigation is concluded. We are grateful to the NYPD and FDNY for their quick and speedy response.
We will return our original home to a state of beauty—when we can.
Since news of this event reached friends and loved ones, many have asked what they can do. We will rebuild, we will restore our Convent and our place of worship.
If you wish to contribute to the Convent Recovery, please consider making a financial contribution via our donation page: http://bit.ly/19ImegU. If you prefer, you may send a check to the Daughters of Divine Charity at 850 Hylan Blvd. Staten Island, NY 10305. If you wish, you may contact the Sisters’ Development Office at [email protected], as our phone lines were damaged in the fire.
Sister M. William McGovern, F.D.C., Provincial Superior
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