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NORTH SMITHFIELD â€” Saint Antoine Residence, Rhode Islandâ€™s largest long-term care facility, is gearing up for a major milestone - it's 100th birthday.
Saint Antoine is celebrating its centennial year in 2013 with a variety of events and communications that will take place throughout the calendar year, Wendy Fargnoli, Saint Antoineâ€™s executive director, said at a special anniversary announcement ceremony held Wednesday on the Saint Antoine community campus in North Smithfield.
Among the invited guests and speakers at yesterday's announcement were Lt. Governor Elizabeth H. Roberts and North Smithfield Town Administrator Paulette D. Hamilton.
Saint Antoine was founded in 1913 by Monsignor Charles Dauray as â€śLâ€™Hospice Saint Antoine du Woonsocket.â€ť
At the time, the Sisters of Charity (the â€śGreyâ€ť nuns) from St. Hyacinthe, Canada, were invited to help carry on the ministry by The Most Reverend Matthew Harkins, Bishop of Providence.
The original facility was located on Hamlet Avenue in Woonsocket as a â€śhome for the aged poor.â€ť In 1941, because of cramped quarters, a new facility was constructed on Mendon Road in North Smithfield.
In recognition of the changing mission and direction of Lâ€™Hospice, the name of the corporation was changed to Saint Antoine Residence in 1987, and its purpose was amended to establishing and maintaining a home for the elderly, the sick, and the impaired.
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