A CITY convent which has been serving the community in York for more than 100 years is to close because there are not enough new recruits to the order.
The four remaining sisters of the Daughters of Charity at St Vincent's convent in York will be leaving within the next few weeks, ending a I06-year tradition of pastoral care and teaching associated with St George's Church in the city.
Mgr Seamus Kilbane, parish priest of St George's, said: "The reason is simply the lack of people wanting to join the order. Like all orders, there are fewer and fewer people coming in nowadays."
"It is a very sad time for us all." said Sr Ann Buckeridge, superior of the community. "Two of the sisters have been here for over 30 years."