Our Lady of Guadalupe Convent in St. Louis, Missouri, has an interesting five-year history. Sister Sue Ann and Sister Delores were reminded of this on Friday, Nov 13, 2020 when Mary Elizabeth Colman stopped at the convent on the fifth anniversary of the first Mass in the house. Mary Elizabeth, her husband, and three other couples were present for the Mass. These four couples purchased the three-story red brick house next to Planned Parenthood at 4311 Forest Park Ave.
Here are a few interesting events during the five years:
- In 2015, there were 7,474 abortions at Planned Parenthood.
- In 2020, there are fewer than 50 abortions so far.
- Four couples purchased the house and the closing took place in 2015.
- The first Mass in the house was offered on Nov. 13, 2015 by Rev. Chris Seiler.
- An exorcism was performed in the house on Nov. 2, 2015.
- The house was sold to the archdiocese under the leadership of Archbishop Robert Carlson who wanted a convent with the Blessed Sacrament next to Planned Parenthood.
Sister Natalie and her Council said YES to Archbishop Carlson to take on this new mission. Archbishop Carlson was supportive and said, “I am pledging my commitment under the care of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian that will offer a welcoming presence to those working to end abortion.”
After the archdiocese made major renovations to make the house a convent with a hospitality area, Sister Sue Ann Hall and Sister Patricia Sevcik moved into Our Lady of Guadalupe Convent on August 28, 2017 to offer prayer and hospitality to end abortion in St. Louis.
The dedication of the convent took place on September 29, 2017 at the eight-thirty Mass with Archbishop Robert Carlson as the main celebrant joined by other priests and invited guests. A reception followed.
Sister Delores Vogt joined Sister Sue Ann Hall in July 2018 to continue the mission of prayer and hospitality to end abortion in St. Louis.