Precious Blood Sisters to hold open house at Salem Heights

The Sisters of the Precious Blood will host an open house at Salem Heights, 4960 Salem Ave., Dayton, on March 8 from 2-4:30 p.m.

Guided tours by sisters will include the chapel, community areas, historical displays and apartments. After the tour, visitors will enjoy refreshments in the dining room. This is the first general public open house at Salem Heights since 2009.

Dating to 1930, Salem Heights was built by the Sisters of the Precious Blood and operated as the Maria-Joseph Home for the Aged until the late 1970s. It has been the sisters’ central house since 1979. A repurposing project completed in 2013 created 51 apartments from about 90 bedrooms in the building’s five wings. Areas of the house were also updated.

The open house celebrates the Year of Consecrated Life and is being held on the Sunday opening National Catholic Sisters Week.

Pope Francis has called for the Year of Consecrated Life to run worldwide from Nov. 30, 2015 to Feb. 2, 2016. The purpose of the Year is to recognize members of religious communities while giving laity a deeper understanding of religious life today. Other objectives include an expression of gratitude to religious and to highlight the joy in religious life. Religious communities and Catholic dioceses around the world are planning individual events to occur during the Year.

There are approximately 50,000 Catholic Sisters and 16,500 religious order priests and brothers in the United States today.

- By Dave Eck