A closed Catholic grade school in Philadelphia’s Port Richmond section became the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s newest independent living residence for seniors when Nativity B.V.M. Place was blessed Nov. 6 by Archbishop Charles Chaput. See our photo gallery of the dedication of the 63-apartment facility, and read full coverage here. (Photos by Sarah Webb)
A prospective resident examines one of the efficiency apartments, rent-controlled to allow seniors to age in their neighborhood in comfort and security.
Archbishop Chaput blesses an apartment with holy water.
The archbishop also blesses a common area for residents at Nativity Place.
Nativity Place offers ample room for many community activities.
Students no longer scale the stairs of Nativity, but these guests on the dedication day Nov. 6 did just that.
Archbishop Charles Chaput addresses guests, including clergy such as Auxiliary Bishop Michael Fitzgerald (left), during a prayer service and dedication before the blessing of Nativity Place.
Joseph Sweeney, secretary for Catholic Human Services for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and head of the Nativity project, addresses the audience at the dedication.
John Wagner, director of the archdiocesan Office for Community Development, which took the lead in transforming the former Catholic school through the help of federal and local funding, greets a guest.
The view from Nativity’s main lobby out to Belgrade Street in Port Richmond.
Office for Community Development staffers Suzanne O’Grady Laurito and Kimiko Doherty worked long and hard to make Nativity Place a reality for seniors.