After extensive renovations and a renaming, the Villa Olier in Catonsville, Maryland, just outside Baltimore, is now home to ten retired Sulpicians from the U.S. Province, plus a local Superior. Formerly known as Saint Charles Villa, the independent living facility was entirely gutted and redesigned to modernize the infrastructure of the building and to create more agreeable living spaces.
Designed to house 16 residents, the new suites are now more spacious and much more well-lighted, by means of skylights. Each suite now includes a small kitchenette where a resident could make his own breakfast or snack. In addition to the bedroom and handicap accessible bathrooms, each suite has a small living area to accommodate a desk and workspace, as well as a small living room to welcome visitors. There is also a lovely new chapel for daily Eucharist and other prayers, a dining room, and a living room where residents gather daily to socialize.
Villa Olier sits adjacent to the property of Charlestown, a large retirement center that includes assisted care and nursing care facilities. By special arrangement, Sulpicians needing more of such care can use the facilities of Charlestown or be admitted to the adjacent Saint Martin’s Home, run by the Little Sisters of the Poor.
Recently, the renovated building was dedicated, and there was also a ceremony to inaugurate and bless a Carrara-marble statue of Sulpician founder, Jean-Jacques OLIER, which sits in the middle of the new entrance to the property. The facility is now ready to serve the needs of retirees from the U.S. Province for decades to come. Congratulations on a job well done!