Welcome to Franciscan Villa
A creative partnership between the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities and Hearth Management, a locally based, nationally recognized leader in senior housing.
For more than 100 years, St. Anthony Convent was the primary residence for the Sisters of St. Francis in central New York. When it became clear that the convent’s structural integrity and cost of continued renovations and maintenance no longer made it and the nearby Jolenta Convent an appropriate home, the Sisters sought a different kind of housing arrangement. The Sisters partnered with Hearth Management to develop a residence unlike any other. In collaboration with Hearth Management, the Sisters have exclusive rights to the house’s 96 residences through 2024. In keeping with the religious orientation of its residents, Franciscan Villa features a Roman Catholic chapel.
The two-story residence is organized into eight “households.” Each household includes 12 bedrooms organized around a central living space and kitchenette. Each neighborhood has its own screened porch that opens out to or overlooks sensory gardens. Each garden is specially designed to be accessible and enjoyable to people with and without disabilities. They are a delight to all the senses and include scented and edible plants, sculptures, wind chimes, elevated plant beds, textures, and widened paths for wheelchair access. Franciscan Villa also includes a dining hall, common space for gathering and ministries and offices. There is a library, fitness room and salon as well as Around the Corner gift shop and NunBetter Chocolate shop. The 50 acre Franciscan Villa Property affords ample green space for walking and enjoying nature. A central courtyard featuring a screened gazebo, walkways, and bronze statue of St. Marianne Cope can be seen from the parlor and dining room.