St. Anne’s Retirement Community, a Catholic retirement community for senior living in Pennsylvania, serves Residents from throughout central PA. If you’re looking for a continuing care retirement community, we hope you’ll consider dropping by our beautiful Lancaster County, PA campus for a visit!
These murals, located in Annunciata Hall, are depictions of the different countries throughout the world in which the Sisters, Adorers of the Blood of Christ, have had ministries. These same sisters founded St. Anne’s Retirement Community nearly 90 years ago.
St. Anne’s History and Heritage
In 1925, a small group of Croatian/German nuns—members of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ—left their convent in Illinois to establish a new motherhouse in Central Pennsylvania. They were guided by the mission and vision of their foundress, St. Maria De Mattias, who urged her Sisters to always trust in God’s providence while showing love and compassion for “the dear neighbor.”
Led by Mother Paulina Schneeburger, the pilgrim Adorers settled on a 125-acre working farm outside of Columbia, PA, which was formerly owned by a Senator from Lancaster named Robert Quay. The Sisters moved into the rambling old 22-room mansion on the property and converted it into a convent. Though the Sisters barely had any money, their simplicity and hard work endeared them to the local community — they could often be seen working in the fields and tending dairy cows in their long habits besides hired farmhands.
It wasn’t long before the Sisters’ new life in Pennsylvania began to change. They became caretakers for two elderly men, and following their call to serve Christ and others, welcomed more guests to the convent. In order to accommodate these new guests, a large annex was built behind the convent, renovations to a nearby tenant farmhouse were made, and in August, 1928, St. Anne’s officially opened its doors to 24 elderly residents.