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Former Ursuline Convent to Reopen as Seniors Complex

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--March 29, 2011.

larger_ursuline.1.jpgBusinessman André Fratelli is about to open Manoir Stanstead, a seniors complex located in the historic former Ursuline Convent in Stanstead. By all appearances, the project has been worth the wait. The renovations, which are nearing completion, are impressive.

Fratelli, who has twenty years of experience in the field of seniors residences, purchased the historic former convent several years ago and has been plugging away at this project ever since. Now, his dream is about to come true. Manoir Stanstead, which is entirely privately funded, is scheduled to open on May 1, 2011.

larger_sisters.1.jpgFratelli held a press conference this past Friday in the chapel of the former convent.

"I'm pleased to say that this old convent is about to take up service once again," Fratelli told the crowd that included the media, local politicians and even a few of the Ursuline nuns who used to live in the convent.

"Everyone said the convent had to be saved. Well, we've done more than save it. We've restored this magnificent building so that it can continue to serve the population by providing seniors with a home in their final years.

larger_ursuline.3.jpgOn hand for the press conference last week was Orford MNA Pierre Reid. "This is excellent news for Stanstead," Reid said.

Also present was Stanstead Mayor Philip Dutil, who called seniors "an inestimable asset to the community." He said that "it will be great to see this place that has been empty for so many years come back to life again."

On hand, as well, was Sister Élisabeth Landry, the former superior of the convent, who, along with her fellow sisters Lucienne Labelle and Thérèse Lachance, returned to their former home for the press conference. "It would indeed be nice if people who spent their early years here, attending our school, could spend their last years here, as well."