Aquinata Hall. (April 24, 2013)
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- They've been in Grand Rapids for nearly 135 years, now the Dominican Sisters have a new place to stay as they age.
Wednesday evening, Bishop Walter Hurley led the blessing and rededication of Aquinata Hall. The facility, which started as an infirmary, has been transformed into an assisted living facility, complete with 45 bedrooms, a common space, and a chapel.
The Wege Foundation donated $1 million toward the renovations in honor of the women who taught and supported Peter Wege.
"It really is a win-win for us because we're about community support and development and we're about Catholic education," said Ellen Satterlee, CEO of the Wege Foundation.
"We are family to each another, we are sisters, and so this is a life-long commitment and simply this building lets us serve our elder sisters a bit better," said Sister Maureen Geary.
As part of the donation, the Wege Foundation is offering a $500,000 challenge grant, matching other donors, dollar for dollar.
The assisted living facility will house 35 sisters and 10 lay people.