October 14, 2016
We are sad to report that St. Michael Villa, our eastern regional center in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey and home to many of our retired sisters, was seriously damaged by a fire on Wednesday, October 12. Thanks to the valiant efforts of our staff and caregivers, as well as the rapid response of local police, fire, and emergency departments, our sisters and staff are safe and sound.
All of the sisters had to be evacuated from St. Michael Villa for the time being, and they seem to be adjusting to their new reality. We are very grateful for the wonderful response from our sponsored ministries, St. Ann's Home and Holy Name Medical Center/Villa Marie Claire, in providing temporary shelter for our displaced sisters. We are also very grateful for the many messages of prayers and support that we have received. We are in the early days of planning next steps for recovery, rebuilding, and eventual return to our home on the Hudson.
We would like to express our deep gratitude to the Englewood Cliffs Police and Fire Departments for their heroic efforts to contain the fire and ensure the safety of our sisters and staff. We would also like to thank the many jurisdictions who joined this effort, including the Fort Lee Volunteer Fire Department, City of Englewood Fire Department, Leonia Fire Department Company No. 1, Edgewater Fire Company #1, Cliffside Fire, The Palisades Park Fire Dept., Fairview Fire Department, Ridgefield Fire Department, Tenafly Fire Department, Teaneck Fire Department, Palisades Interstate Parkway Police, Hackensack Fire Department MSU, Teaneck Box 54, and the Englewood Hospital EMS and MCI units.
"Confident in God's faithful love, and collaborating with others who work for justice and peace, we face the future with gratitude and hope." (CSJP Constitution 12)
Note: Photo taken from news footage taken by CBS New York Chopper 2. You can view this dramatic video on their Facebook page.
"It is most important to inspire the young with a great love of peace."
Mother Francis Clare (Margaret Anna Cusack)