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May 20, 2014

Holy Family Convent graves move: Sisters of Christian Charity will all be together at St. Joseph Cemetery

DANVILLE — One-hundred and forty-seven graves from Danville’s Holy Family Convent will be transported to Bloom Road’s St. Joseph Cemetery later this year, ahead of planned construction at the convent by new owner Geisinger Health System.

The disinterment will begin in late July or early August, said Sister Teresa Ann Jacobs, of the Sisters of Christian Charity, the order to which Holy Family Convent belongs. Jacobs met with members of Danville-based Inova Enterprises and county coroner Scott Lynn on Monday morning at the Pine Barn Inn to discuss the relocation of the graves.

Jacobs was uncertain how long it will take to transfer all the graves.

Members of the order had not been buried at the convent for many years, Jacobs said. More recent burials of convent members had all occurred at St. Joseph Cemetery.

“All of the sisters will then be together,” Jacobs said.

Jacobs declined to detail how the graves will be moved.

The approximately 60 convent members currently living at Holy Family, located at 1 Montour Street, will be relocated to their order’s mother house in Mendham, N.J.

Geisinger Health System purchased the Holy Family Convent for $4.5 million this past December after the Sisters of Christian Charity put it up for sale.

Geisinger has begun converting the top two floors of the six-story convent to administrative office space. The sisters continue to occupy the remainder of the building under a lease agreement while work on the project continues.

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