Little Sisters of the Poor pulling out of St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - The Little Sisters of the Poor announced Wednesday it is withdrawing from the St. Louis home for the elderly poor it has run in North St. Louis since 1870.

The reason is simple; fewer women are willing to make the sacrifices required by a religious vocation.

'It is very hard for young people to make a commitment nowadays,' said Mother Gonzague Castro, Mother Superior for the St. Louis order. 'I think we`ve lived in a temporary society and I think that`s just permeated pretty much everything,' she said.

Ten year resident Carol Williams offered a tearful reaction to the news.

'I`m in shock,' she said. 'It has been like heaven on earth living here. The sisters have been so wonderful and it`s just a beautiful place.'

Employees like Senior Center Director Nate Borgsmiller are not sure what to think.

'We don`t know what is going to happen so everyone is kind of do we start looking or will the next group that comes in will they want us or bring in their own people,' he said.

The Little Sisters of The Poor has hired a local firm specializing in mergers to try to find someone to take over running the home, which they hope will happen sometime next year.

The first home run by the sisters was opened in St. Louis in 1869.