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Faithful Order of Nuns Growing, Looking to Purchase House


Their story starts during a time of upheaval in the 1970s when their fellow sisters in California chose a less conservative path that Lewis said eventually led them from the Catholic Church. Even friends of the three sisters who originally ventured to Wichita to support the church questioned whether the order could attract members, especially given that it is so conservative. The numbers have grown, though. Because of cost, a novitiate house and a motherhouse will have to be built in phases. The first phase is the novitiate house where young women studying to take vows can reside. Lewis said it will cost between $5.2 million and $5.5 million for an assembly area, 32 bedrooms, a chapel that seats 100 and a dining room for 50 to 75 people.
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