Sisters of St. Francis of Maryville
- Sisters of St. Francis of Maryville
Sisters of St. St. Francis of Maryville (SSM) was a Roman Catholic religious order for women based in Maryville, Missouri that founded hospitals in Missouri and Oklahoma. It is now called the Franciscan Sisters of Mary.
The order was founded in 1894 Mary Augustine Giesen when she led six other sisters to Maryville from the St. Louis, Missouri motherhouse of Sisters of St. Mary.
They founded St. Francis Hospital, the only hospital in the town and one of only two hospitals in the vast Platte Purchase area of northwest Missouri north of St. Joseph, Missouri (the other hospital is in Fairfax, Missouri).
In 1947, the order built its motherhouse with its landmark yellow steeple on a bluff overlooking the One Hundred and Two River. In 1963 they opened the Mount Alverno Academy for high school girls on land adjacent to the motherhouse. The high school closed in 1971.
In 1985 the order merged with its parent Sisters of St. Mary to form the Franciscan Sisters of Mary. The headquarters was moved to St. Louis.
Concerned Maryville residents seeking to preserve the landmark motherhouse tower sought various uses for it. In 1995 the Missouri Department of Corrections bought the 44 acre grounds with the motherhouse and school for the minimum security Maryville Treatment Center which began operations in 1996.
The order's hospitals now are operated as SSM Health Care (SSMHC).
* [http://www.fsmonline.org/ Official website]
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