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In October 1968

the General Chapter in Rome decided to establish a “central house of government located in the Unites States.”

Mother Innocenta Donnelly, elected as Superior General, and her Council began looking for a suitable house.

 

 

 

 

   

Middagh Street

On December 1, 1968

they decided to accept an offer from the Diocese of Brooklyn and to rent the house at 23 Middagh Street in Brooklyn Heights.

 

On April 12, 1969

After 4 months of preparation, Sr. Innocenta Donnelly, Sr. Rose Margaret Delaney, Sr. Rita Kerr, Sr. Nancy Daniel, Sr. Grace Frances Strauber, and Sr. Mary Virginia Schreiner moved into the new General House in Brooklyn.

 
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1971-1972

 

In March 1972

At the General Chapter in 1971, it was agreed to proceed with the permanent transfer of the General House, and the majority of the property in Frascati was then sold in 1972.   the basement of the house on Middagh Street was adapted for use as an office for the secretarial staff.

Joralemon Street

     

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1974

Two years later, because of crowded conditions at 23 Middagh, arrangements were made to rent space at the Brooklyn Diocesan Catholic Charities, at 191 Joralemon Street in Brooklyn Heights. As of January 15, 1974, four offices were active in the new space, while the main offices remained in the house on Middagh Street.

    

1979

The newly remodeled third floor of the Catholic Charities building provided additional space for the Congregational Offices.

 

 

 

Remsen Street

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On June 17, 1988

  

On September 28, 1988

the Congregational Offices were moved to 133 Remsen Street, in a building belonging to the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn.     an Open House and Reception for the Blessing of the Congregational Offices were held.

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For 45 years in Brooklyn the General House of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor has served the Congregation present in the United States, Italy, Brazil, Senegal, and the Philippines.

It has been a precious ministry that allowed the Sisters and Associates to serve the poor in so many different ways and to continue to promote Mother Frances’s healing charism. Our great thanks go to all those who have made this gift possible.

 

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