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Holy Angel trust speaks about their future following nuns' departure

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The nuns of Holy Angels, a residential facility for those with developmental disabilities, departed with the organization back in April. Sisters of Our Lady of Sorrows helped found the locally cherished facility 49 years ago, and the Holy Angels trust promises the sisters' legacy will continue.

Gary Loftin, Holy Angels family member and board president, and Laurie Boswell, CEO, stress the sisters' departure will not adversely change care or services at the facility. Boswell says the sisters' legacy of faith, spiritual commitment and unity, all focused to better those with special needs, will continue through trained staff members.

"That will be our focus, to continue their traditions; to honor their legacy of spiritual guidance, of cheerfulness, of joyfulness and of a commitment of excellence in all that we do," Boswell said.

Loftin says the number of sisters at Holy Angels declined over the years. That has allowed the facility's staff members to take on some of their roles and continue their legacy. Boswell says roles left empty can now be filled by church volunteers.

"It is up to lay-people now throughout the nation to step forward and provide faithfulness, compassion and charity to those in need," Boswell said.

Sister Carla Bertani, with Our Lady of Sorrow, says sisters will remain at the nearby convent in Shreveport and will visit Holy Angels or volunteer there.

"Whenever they can, they will continue to go to mass at Holy Angels on Sundays, and they will be there to worship with residents and families that have come to see them,Bertaniin said. "So, it has changed in the sense that we don't work there any longer, but we are not strangers to Holy Angels."

Boswell didn't make it clear if funding has been affected by the sisters' leaving Holy Angels. She says she'll continue to their fundraising traditions.

"Like the sisters, we will step forward and ask the community, foundations and businesses to continue to support Holy Angels and to help us sustain this important mission," Boswell sai


ni knows the sisters will be missed at Holy Angels. She hopes the community will continue to support the residents there.

"We leave, really, with a smile on our face knowing what we have done is good work and good love," she said. "I hope that other people will, too, look at holy angels, look at the residents. They were the reason why Holy Angels was founded. So, they should be the reason Holy Angels continues


ni says lack of trained religious personnel and the sisters' aging were factors that led to their decision to leave.


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