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Local diocese breaks ground on new convent
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The Catholic Diocese of Knoxville celebrated the groundbreaking of a new convent Thursday.

The home will house local members of the Religious Sisters of Mercy, which is based out of Michigan.

The sisters in the order serve the local diocese in many roles, including education, health care, and the nonprofit Catholic Charities organization.

Right now, the sisters live in two separate homes, but this will allow them to move into a large home where they can live together.

The plans include ten bedrooms, living space and a chapel for worship.

"We're here to serve the community in the various jobs that we hold. So the community and living a common life in a convent, and then apostolate, the work that we do flows out of that life. So we pray together, we live together, and from that we're strengthened that we can then serve in the diocese," said Sister Mary Marta Abbott, the Local Superior of the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan.

The convent is expected to cost $1.2 million dollars. The sisters hope to move in next August.


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