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Ursuline Sisters open door for improvement

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CANFIELD — The Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown received a $7,785 grant from the J. Ford Crandall Memorial Foundation to underwrite most of their main motherhouse entrance repair project.

Sister Mary McCormick, general superior of the Ursuline Sisters, said the grant paid to have one of the two sets of doors completely replaced. The sisters made repairs to the other set of doors.

McCormick said in nonpandemic times, approximately 1,500 people visit the Motherhouse campus each month, many through this entrance that includes the Sisters, residents, visitors, and participants in education and wellness programs at the site.

“This gift from the J. Ford Crandall Memorial Foundation will help ensure the safety of everyone using this main entrance to our Motherhouse. Since we have limited visitors because of COVID-19, we thought it was an excellent time to focus on improvements to our property and equipment. We’re fortunate that the Crandall Foundation has helped us do this.” McCormick said.

In the past nine years, McCormick said the Ursulines invested more than $8 million in upgrades and expansions at the Motherhouse campus. Approximately 18 percent of the funding came from foundations, such as Crandall, and other donors.

In addition to being the main living quarters for most of the 33 sisters, the Motherhouse campus is home to the central offices for Ursuline Ministries, Ursuline Sisters HIV/AIDS Ministry, Ursuline preschool and kindergarten, Ursuline Education and Wellness Center and Ursuline Sisters Senior Living.

“We Ursuline Sisters have been in the Youngstown area since 1874.We have a strong past, a vibrant present, and are committed to serving the people in Mahoning, Trumbull and Ashtabula counties,” McCormick said.

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