Catholic order that serves the elderly is leaving Virginia

Catholic order that serves the elderly is leaving Virginia
The Little Sisters of the Poor came to the Richmond region in 1874. (Source: Little Sisters of the Poor)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Catholic congregation of religious women that serves the elderly is leaving Virginia after 145 years. It's the seventh time in six years that the congregation has pulled out across the country because fewer women are joining the order.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Thursday that Little Sisters of the Poor has about 30 locations in the U.S. and others in more than 30 countries. Its mission is to serve the elderly in nursing homes around the world.

It came to the Richmond region in 1874. The order announced Wednesday that it would be leaving St. Joseph's Home in Henrico County.

The 11 sisters who are leaving don't yet know yet where they'll go. But they could be sent to any home in the world that's run by the religious order.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.richmond.com