100 years at Blackburn

view over the Ribble family from the villageThe Sisters of Nazareth first came to Blackburn in 1912 by invitation of the Bishop of Salford. and first lived in cramped circumstances in St Alban’s Place, caring for both vulnerable children and  older  people drawn  from impoverished areas.

In 1917 the Sisters purchased  a much  larger  property known  as Beardwood Cliff and  relocated from St Alban’s Place. The property, which occupies an elevated position with stunning views over  the  surrounding countryside, was adapted over  the years to provide a convent and  a care home and  the  name was changed to Nazareth House.

The children were  moved to Manchester,

In 2007 the Sisters of Nazareth decided to adapt  to the  changing needs of older  people by remodelling the  former  care  home building  into a retirement village named in honour of the Sr Victoire Larmeniere, the founder of the Congregation.  

Southworth House  is the  first phase of  that development and in December 2012 a hundred year  celebration of the Sisters in Blackburn took place in the village.The current Bishop  of Salford, Terence Brain celebrated  Mass  in the  chapel,to commemorated  the  arrival  of the Sisters  in the  area and  celebrate their  on-going commitment to the local area. The Sisters, together with residents,  guests and  officers of the  Nazareth Care Charitable Trust all joined  together afterwards to celebrate, including enjoying a slice of a special  cake. See some more pictures form the day on our Gallery Page.

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See some pictures from the celebration Mass