The Ursuline Sisters are selling their longtime United States headquarters in Blue Point, marking the end of an era as the number of nuns declines and the order contemplates its future.
The sisters, who at their height in the 1960s numbered close to 100, are down to 40 members. Most are in their 70s and above; the oldest turns 101 in June. They are based mainly on Long Island and in Connecticut.

The sale of the center does not mean the order is shutting down soon in the United States, Joanne Callahan, head of the U.S. province of the order, said. The youngest member is 46, and many of the nuns, although past typical retirement age, plan to keep working.

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Left to right – Sr. Imelda O’Connor (deceased), Sr. Catherine Riley (deceased), Sr. Mary Anne Sheehan, Joe Torre, Sr. Marguerite Torre, and Sr. Ursula Leibold. Circa, 1999.

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Clothing Day Novitiate, 1951 at the Ursula Convent. The Sisters purchased the Joseph Senger estate in Blue Point, New York and relocated the novitiate, previously in Ozone Park, to this new site. When the original building was destroyed by fire in 1980, the Province erected a new convent. On January 3, 1983, St. Ursula Center was dedicated as a retirement home for the Sisters and a retreat center for spiritual development. Today, St. Ursula Center is primarily a residence for the retired sisters. The Ursuline Sisters' main U.S center in Blue Point. The Ursuline Sisters are ending a major chapter in their lives, deciding to sell their main U.S. center, located in Blue Point

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Ursuline Convent, before the 1980 fire. The Sisters purchased the Joseph Senger estate in Blue Point, New York and relocated the novitiate, previously in Ozone Park, to this new site. When the original building was destroyed by fire in 1980, the Province erected a new convent. On January 3, 1983, St. Ursula Center was dedicated as a retirement home for the Sisters and a retreat center for spiritual development. Today, St. Ursula Center is primarily a residence for the retired sisters. The Ursuline Sisters' main U.S center in Blue Point. The Ursuline Sisters are ending a major chapter in their lives, deciding to sell their main U.S. center, located in Blue Point

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1951 at the Ursula Convent. The Sisters purchased the Joseph Senger estate in Blue Point, New York and relocated the novitiate, previously in Ozone Park, to this new site. When the original building was destroyed by fire in 1980, the Province erected a new convent. On January 3, 1983, St. Ursula Center was dedicated as a retirement home for the Sisters and a retreat center for spiritual development. Today, St. Ursula Center is primarily a residence for the retired sisters. The Ursuline Sisters' main U.S center in Blue Point. The Ursuline Sisters are ending a major chapter in their lives, deciding to sell their main U.S. center, located in Blue Point

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Group picture during Mother Ursula 50th Jubilee, at the Ursula Convent. The Sisters purchased the Joseph Senger estate in Blue Point, New York and relocated the novitiate, previously in Ozone Park, to this new site. When the original building was destroyed by fire in 1980, the Province erected a new convent. On January 3, 1983, St. Ursula Center was dedicated as a retirement home for the Sisters and a retreat center for spiritual development. Today, St. Ursula Center is primarily a residence for the retired sisters. The Ursuline Sisters' main U.S center in Blue Point. The Ursuline Sisters are ending a major chapter in their lives, deciding to sell their main U.S. center, located in Blue Point

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Postcard of the Ursuline Convent, before the 1980 fire. The Sisters purchased the Joseph Senger estate in Blue Point, New York and relocated the novitiate, previously in Ozone Park, to this new site. When the original building was destroyed by fire in 1980, the Province erected a new convent. On January 3, 1983, St. Ursula Center was dedicated as a retirement home for the Sisters and a retreat center for spiritual development. Today, St. Ursula Center is primarily a residence for the retired sisters. The Ursuline Sisters' main U.S center in Blue Point. The Ursuline Sisters are ending a major chapter in their lives, deciding to sell their main U.S. center, located in Blue Point

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Sister Joanne Callahan , US Province leader of the Ursuline sisters, Tuesday April 25, 2017 at their main U.S center in Blue Point. The Ursuline sisters are ending a major chapter in their lives, deciding to sell their main U.S. center, located in Blue Point. Their numbers have dwindled to about 40 in the U.S., and they can no longer sustain the center in Blue Point, which has served as a novitiate and retirement home for nuns and been a local landmark near the Great South Bay since 1934.

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Sister Joanne Callahan , US Province leader of the Ursuline sisters, Tuesday April 25, 2017 at their main U.S center in Blue Point. The Ursuline sisters are ending a major chapter in their lives, deciding to sell their main U.S. center, located in Blue Point. Their numbers have dwindled to about 40 in the U.S., and they can no longer sustain the center in Blue Point, which has served as a novitiate and retirement home for nuns and been a local landmark near the Great South Bay since 1934.

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