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The moving of St. Francis Orphans Home from this city to Detroit will occur about next December. For a number of prominent priests and laymen of the Diocese of Detroit have decided to give to Rt.Rev.Bishop John S. Foley, as a jubilee gift for the celebration of his fiftieth anniversary to the priesthood, a new building for the orphan boys. Property for that purpose was bought a short time ago and consists of six acres of land on the east side of Woodward avenue, Detroit, north of the five-mile road. A modern building, accommodating 300 boys will be constructed at once at a cost of 70,000$.

The change has been contemplated, but not publicly announced, for several years, as the facilities in the local St. Francis Home are not such as are needed. The building is old, quarters are too crowed, conditions and appointments are unsuitable and to remodel and enlarge the building would mean an enormous outlay, with by no means satisfactory or proportionate results. At present many applications for inmates have to be turned down and those who are admitted often cannot be given the attention or treatment that they are entitled to. The Home has done some very good work and Sisters have worked earnestly and unfavorable conditions. A change was necessary and, with the growth of the institution, immediate action became urgent.

In Detroit the St Francis Home will be amalgamated with the St Joseph Orphans Home,of Detroit, whose object is the caring for working boys, the merged institutions to be in the charge of the Sisters of St Joseph. The action was taken at a recent meeting of the board of control. On this board Monroe is represented by Frs. Charles Bolte and M.J. Crowley. An executive committee has been chosen as follows. Chairman, Fr. Dempsey; secretary, Fr. James F. Murphy; Treasurer, Fr. Baumgartner; and M.W. O'Brien, Charles F. Collins, Joseph A. Rose and George L. Fleitz.

The latest news of procedure concerning the new Home is that a meeting of the committee having the funds in charge was held in Detroit on Monday afternoon. The members of the committee are: W. O'Brein, Charles F. Collins and Rev. Fr. Crowley. At their first meeting they laid initial plans for collecting the $100,000.

Monroe Democrat, Friday, August 3, 1906, p. 1 col. 2

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