After 18 months of dreaming, planning, collaboration, and construction, the renovations to St. Catherine’s in Germantown are complete. The space includes 24 residential rooms, a stunning living room and gathering space, Sun Room, Spa, Employee Care Base, and a beautifully refurbished statue of St Catherine Laboure. The feel of the building has been transformed from a sterile, clinical nursing center to an inviting, home-like atmosphere.
St Catherine’s was built in 1980 and has served as the primary health care center for Vincentian priests and brothers. This long over-due renovation was made possible by the generous donation of Norman and Cecelia Demurs. The Demurs were long-time supporters of the Vincentian efforts in Panama in the 1950’s and have continued with their support of the community throughout the years. A plaque acknowledging their contributions will be crafted and displayed outside of the renovated Sun Room.
A dedication and blessing of the space will take place by Gregory Cozzubbo, C.M., Superior of St Vincent’s Seminary in September.
Dear Fr. Freund,
Thank you for sending this down the line and for including me. I know that your Vincentian lives demand much sacrifice coupled with true joys of community. Your photos are breathtaking, and I feel that this touch of Heaven is in order for your Confreres preparing to make transition into eternal joy with Father,Son, Holy Spirit in the perfect company of Heaven wrought by the life and death of our One High Priest!
Kudos to Norman,Cecelia, and to each and all of you involved in this project!
From Jo’s heart and mine..
Ed Ambrose,St. Joe’s,AA,1957