St. Josephs Home of Springfield will close on Dec. 15 and surrender its license. The Illinois Department of Public Health has been notified and has approved the plan of closure.
The Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception have owned and operated St. Josephs Home, 3306 S. Sixth St., for the sheltering and comfort of aged people since 1903.
Sister Kathleen Ann Mourisse, president of the religious congregation, said one of the main reasons for the decision was the declining number of sisters to staff St. Josephs Home.
This is not something we want to do. We do not have enough sisters to continue this beloved ministry. Many, if not most, religious communities in our country are also facing the same dilemma, she said. In addition, the climate created by COVID-19 has contributed to both a reduction in the resident census and a severe staffing shortage, not only at St. Josephs, but throughout the health care industry.
The team at St. Josephs Home will assist residents and their families with relocation and work closely with IDPH and the local ombudsman to ensure St. Josephs Home complies with all regulations and required procedures governing the transition.
This has been a ministry of love, said Sister Kathleen Ann. All of our sisters have considered it a privilege to care for, and serve, our residents.