In the 1960’s a group of Augustinian religious women from Würzburg, Germany had a dream. They wanted to build a home for middle-income seniors in Racine, Wisconsin. Sisters Helen Wenzel and Amalia Weis were the driving force behind this dream. The Sisters had been working at the Augustinian Monastery and St. Rita’s Parish on Douglas Avenue. They did the housekeeping, cooking and cleaning, as well as the garden work at the Monastery.
The Sisters realized their dream by hard work, perseverance, commitment and prayer. Their self-sacrifice, with the help, dedication and expertise of others, actualized this dream. On July 22, 1969, the Sisters deeded their property, which was about forty-two acres, to St. Monica’s Senior Citizens’ Home. During the spring of 1970, St. Monica’s was built and on February 1st of 1971, the Home opened.
In 1976, Sister Irene Hanika became the first religious woman Administrator of the Home. By 1987, the South Wing was added and in 1999, the North Wing and Link to the Convent were built. The Home can accommodate over one hundred Community Members. Thirty areas of wooded Wisconsin plains enhance the beauty of St. Monica’s, as well as pathways around the Rosary Walk and the Stations of the Cross in back of St. Monica’s. Mulberry, pear, apple and other trees, shrubs and evergreens, grace the grounds. Different wild life can be observed and enjoyed.
The Sisters of Saint Rita, along with dedicated Staff and the Board of Directors, maintain and operate the facility as a comfortable and loving Assisted Living facility. At St. Monica’s, the spiritual, physical and social wellbeing of our Community Members are encouraged. Opportunities for many activities in our Life Engagement Program are offered daily. Liturgical services are held in our beautiful Chapel and home-cooked meals are shared in our dining room. We abide by and are licensed by the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services. St. Monica’s is an independent non-profit entity governed by a local Board of Directors. On forty-two acres of land, we enjoy the loveliness and serenity of Wisconsin. In 2014, St. Monica’s Senior Citizens’ Home was legally changed to St. Monica’s Senior Living, Inc. Yet we retain our goal of fostering a family environment, and home for our seniors.