Gainesville Cenacle preparing to close

Published: Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 21, 2013 at 1:36 p.m.

After 13 years of service in the community, the Gainesville Cenacle will close.

The Cenacle Sisters, a religious international congregation of women, opened its Gainesville branch in 2000, according to a news release, but due to lack of personnel and high costs, it announced Thursday the property will soon be up for sale.

Sister Mary Spratt, coordinator of the Gainesville Cenacle, said the Gainesville location in the Duck Pond neighborhood originally opened because the Cenacle Sisters are missioned where they feel they can be most effective in the ministry, and they wanted to help younger people, such as university students. There weren’t as many spiritual directors in the area, she said, so they felt their presence was needed.

Spratt said after the property is sold, the Sisters will go to other locations throughout the U.S., such as Chicago and Rochester, while others will stay behind or retire to assisted living.

Until then, all programs and ministry, such as the Wednesday night prayer group, will continue. “While this is a time of great sadness for us, it is also a time of gratitude,” Spratt said. “We have been blessed to be a member of the Gainesville community.”

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