Bishop Noa Home breaks ground

ESCANABA – You don’t often see nuns in hard hats but they were a welcome sight at the groundbreaking of a new wing on the Bishop Noa Home for Senior Living in Escanaba on Wednesday.

Sisters of St. Paul de Chartres from Escanaba and Marquette along with Father Emmett Norden of Escanaba participated in the ceremony officially marking the construction of a 10,000-square-foot $1.5 million addition at the center.

The facility is owned and operated by the Sisters of St. Paul de Chartres, a missionary Congregation, founded in 1696 in France. The Catholic Diocese of Marquette established the Bishop Noa Home in 1963.

Superior General, Mother Maria Goretti Lee also attended the event all the way from Rome, Italy, where she lives. She is originally from Korea and was in the states to take part in Bishop Noa’s groundbreaking and a ceremony in Wyoming where five new sisters stated their first vows.

As Superior General, Mother Maria oversees the 4,200 sisters who serve in 37 countries around the world. Three more countries will be added to St. Paul de Chartres this year, she explained following Wednesday’s local groundbreaking.

“This is a dedication. This gives them better service, more facilities… and more privacy,” said Mother Maria. “This is improving their human and spiritual development.”

Residents and staff of Bishop Noa also attended the ceremony. Special guests included board of trustee members, construction representatives, banking officials, and others who played a role in the new wing.

Administrator Elsie Stafford provided an overview of the project noting the wing will include a rehabilitation unit, 12 private rooms with private bathrooms, and a coffee shop.

Stafford explained the addition is being built in response to meeting the needs of the population served by the facility. More privacy was a concern and will be accommodated by the private rooms and the new rehab unit, she said.

The new rooms ups the number of private rooms at the facility to 18. The total capacity of 81 residents remains the same because a dozen current resident rooms will be remodeled into storage area, family dining areas, and a hospice room.

The senior living center has been in its current location at 2900 3rd Ave. S. since 1992 when it moved from downtown at the former Delta Hotel on Ludington Street.

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Jenny Lancour, (906) 786-2021, ext. 143, jlancour@dailypress.net