The Lurana Shelter for women and children fleeing domestic violence has received its own lifeline from Catholic Social Services, which will take over its administration and stave off any threat of potential closure.

“This was a real answer to prayer. For me, I just think our foundress must be smiling from heaven at what is unfolding,” said Sister Lucinda Patterson, board chair of the shelter founded by the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement and named after the congregation’s founder, Lurana White.

“It was very important to our congregation, and always incredibly important to us, is our Catholic values and ideals,” Sister Patterson said. “To me the Holy Spirit was moving to make this a possibility. I really have a great deal of respect for CSS.”

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