Normandy property: Good Shepherd selling

Normandy, Missouri, has been home to Sisters of the Good Shepherd for many years. Anna Lucas Hunt donated the land to the order in 1850. The Sisters had their first convent built on the property in 1883.

In the mid-19th century, according to St. Louis historic archives, “Nowhere in the Saint Louis area was there such a concentration of Catholic institutions as was found in and around Normandy, Missouri.” 

Today only Sisters of the Good Shepherd and Incarnate Word remain in Normandy and the area surrounding it. It may not be long before Incarnate Word is the last order standing.

Leaving Normandy

Good Shepherd Sisters in the Province of Mid-North America have taken a big step that has already begun to shape their future. The Sisters are selling their property in Normandy, a suburb in Northwest St. Louis County. The sale includes the buildings that house the Province Center, Maria Droste Contemplative Community and former Immaculate Heart Convent, where retired Sisters had lived before moving to Mason Pointe Care Center in December.

Sisters living in the Province Center convent and Maria Droste Contemplative Community are discerning appropriate options for their move. Staff working in the Province Center will relocate to business offices that are not yet determined. A team of Sisters and lay Mission Partners from the Province Center in Normandy are investigating possible places to relocate staff.

The process

The moves for Sisters and Staff hinge upon sale of the property. More than 500 developers and real estate agents have received invitations to inquire about a Request for Proposal (RFP). Responses to the RFPs are due April 30. Developers will be interviewed in early June, following a period of reviewing the Requests for Proposal. The Sisters have hired a firm to help manage the RFPs in collaboration with a local commercial real estate brokerage firm. Province Treasurer Sister Mary Carolyn McQuaid is working with the companies to oversee the sale of Normandy’s 10.4 acre campus.

“It takes time to sell a property as significant as the Normandy campus,” said Sr. Mary Carolyn. Because of the process involved, Sr. Mary Carolyn doesn’t foresee Sisters and staff moving before the end of the year.

Normandy property features

The Normandy property is in a highly desirable location and represents a great redevelopment opportunity. It is five miles from the St. Louis airport and half a mile from the 350-acre University of Missouri St. Louis campus. The property has immediate access to the region’s major transportation systems, including two highway interchanges, MetroLink train station and major bus route. The area also features restaurants, retail stores, banks, health care providers and housing subdivisions.

Readers of Items of Interest are encouraged to spread the word about the sale of the Normandy property. Anyone interested in receiving a Request for Proposal may contact us.

Jeanette McDermott

Jeanette McDermott

Jeanette is the Communications Coordinator for Sisters of the Good Shepherd Province of Mid-North America. She is a career photojournalist who has served in various capacities of print, broadcast, and corporate communications. Jeanette is devoted to creation and is particularly focused on saving pollinators and other wildlife species and their habitat. She is an ethical vegan and created the website veganstoryteller.com