The long wait to move into their new home at Maria Droste Residence is over for the St. Louis Contemplative Sisters. They moved the altar bread equipment to 7660 Natural Bridge Road on December 22 and have since been organizing their personal effects and arranging home, office and religious spaces. They are also unpacking a mountain of boxes, which will keep them busy throughout January.
The move became imminent when Marygrove, home to the Florissant community for 45 years, announced that they needed to expand programs for youth. This meant claiming the four floors where the Sisters were living and running the altar bread operation. The Sisters moved from Marygrove on October 31 and have been housed temporarily since then in the Province Center. They are slated to move out of the Province Center and into the newly renovated Maria Droste Residence early this month. The Florissant community has been renamed the “Maria Droste Contemplative Community.”
Marygrove was a residential school for girls, where apostolic Good Shepherd Sisters taught and managed the residence. The apostolic Sisters left Marygrove in 1983. The contemplative Sisters remained there until October 31, 2014, when they made a permanent move to the Province Center campus in Normandy to allow Marygrove, now owned by Catholic Charities, to expand its programs for youth.