PAOLA, Kan. (AP) _ A Roman Catholic women's order that has been in eastern Kansas for 113 years is leaving next year.
The Ursuline sisters plan to sell their grand convent in Paola and move to Kentucky to merge with another Ursuline order.
The move is part of a national trend of religious groups combining or closing altogether as their numbers dwindle and aren't replaced by younger faithful. Only 23 Ursuline sisters are left in Paola.
They leave behind a large number of Catholic schools and other educational centers that they have established, including a senior center and Lakemary Center, a nationally renowned facility for the developmentally disabled.
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