|The Sisters' home last year|
|Antiques from old convent|
|2nd floor garden out bedrrom window|
|Needlepoint done by one of the sisters|
|The antiques warm the hallways|
The Sisters of the French Province of chambery, facing diminishing numbers, have carefully planned for their decrease. Both the skilled nursing and the “Bois Joli” were developed jointly with the mayor, to meet anticipated needs in the community when the buildings are no longer needed by the sisters. Bois Joli, which means Beautiful Woods, is an airy, spacious, modern facility which will easily convert to a retirement apartments or spaces for college students in the future. It has 26 efficiency apartments. There is lots of light, big windows and fabulous views of meadows and mountains.
|Sr. Marie Pierre|
Sr. Marie Pierre Rusch, who toured me through so much of Chambery and the surrounding area, now toured a group of us from the 200th celebration through the new house. She described how the building architect’s wife who is also an architect assisted them in planning the decorations for the facility. She toured their old house and helped them pick out antiques and paintings that could be artistically placed throughout the new building.
|Sr. Marie Pierre surrounded by Indian sisters|
Sr. Marie Pierre showed us her room. It was quite touching when the Indian sisters all gathered around her to have their picture taken with their former superior general for whom they obviously had great affection.
|Sr. Agnes and me|
|Sr. Agnes in her huge bedroom|
|Sr. Agnes's porch|
|More office space|
I got a chance to catch up with Sr. Alix who was basking in her fame after being one of the sisters who appeared in the 200th celebration play, Le Voyage en Valise. I got the opportunity to greet several of the others. Although my French is still very limited, I was able to share a few more interchanges than the previous year.
|Sr. Rita tells Sr. Alix how much she enjoyed her performance|