We invite you to share our excitement, follow our progress, and support this important project! Since our August 2012 groundbreaking, we continue to make excellent progress toward our anticipated 2014 opening.
We are so grateful to the skilled architects and contractors who are bringing it to completion. We also give thanks to our benefactors whose support makes our new home possible.
About the Franciscan Villa Residence
Opening in summer 2014, Franciscan Villa will be the new home of our Sisters of St. Francis in the greater Syracuse, N.Y. area. Built specifically to meet the needs of our sisters throughout their lifetimes, the 105,000 square foot Franciscan Villa will provide a flexible home for up to 96 sisters to live, work, and pray together as a community.
For generations of central New Yorkers, the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities have been a source of care, comfort, and inspiration. Our central New York community includes 150 sisters — many engaged in active ministries as well as senior sisters who, after years of faithful service, now devote themselves to full time prayer.
For more than 100 years, St. Anthony Convent has been our sisters’ primary residence. Despite continued renovations and maintenance, the convent’s structural integrity and cost to equip it for a longer life no longer make it and the adjacent Jolenta Convent an appropriate home — especially for our aged and infirm sisters.
The solution? A creative partnership that will ensure a safe, age-appropriate home that will serve our sisters — as they serve us — throughout their lifetimes.
Franciscan Villa was envisioned through a collaborative partnership with Hearth Management — a locally based, nationally recognized leader in senior housing.
Located on Buckley Road (adjacent to Salina Meadows in North Syracuse), the building site encompasses 50 acres and affords ample green space for walking, gardening, and enjoying nature.
The two-story residence is organized into four “neighborhoods” — each made of two “households.” Each household includes 12 bedrooms and is organized around a common living space and kitchenette. Franciscan Villa also includes common space for meals, gathering, worship, business offices and ministries.