About Nazareth

Nazareth Living Center is a Catholic, nonprofit community for older adults offering independent senior living apartment homes, long-term nursing care, assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing & rehabilitation services, all on one campus in South County St Louis.

When you become a part of Nazareth Living Center's vibrant community, we receive you not only with a warm, welcoming spirit, but also with spaces that nurture, restore and delight you. Whether you're catching up over a cup of coffee, strolling through our beautifully landscaped grounds or reading in a cozy corner, you'll notice the special places designed to help you embrace all life has to offer. It is our goal to create an atmosphere where the care and comfort you receive is delivered with respect to your unique need.

If you are looking for that special senior living community in the St Louis area, please give us a call today to discuss our senior living possibilities.

For over 145 years Nazareth has faithfully provided unprecedented care

Nazareth Ministry Partners

Nazareth Living Center's history begins with the Order of the Sisters of St. Joseph who came to St. Louis from France in 1836 at the invitation of St. Louis Bishop Joseph Rosati. Originally asked to establish a school for the deaf, the sisters soon became engaged in a wide variety of needed services: health care, education at all levels, pastoral care, child care, advocacy for the poor, counseling, social services, and parish ministry. That order of nuns is known today as the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

In 1872, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet began their mission at Nazareth as a home for retired and infirm sisters. In 1992, the Sisters expanded their mission beyond caring for retired sisters to the broader community of laypeople to meet the growing need for quality elder care services.

To this day, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet remain active in the Nazareth Community. The sisters reside at every level of the campus alongside laypeople and they continue to serve others as is their tradition.

Ministry Partnership with Benedictine Health System

Today, Nazareth Living Center is a nonprofit community for seniors that includes a new independent living building and an existing continuum of residential care services including assisted living, memory care, long-term care, skilled nursing, and skilled rehabilitation. On July 1, 2009, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet of St. Louis and the Benedictine Health System of Duluth, Minn., entered into a ministry partnership agreement to operate Nazareth Living Center and provide holistic care for people of all faiths, races and socio-economic backgrounds.

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet have faithfully served a world in need for more than 350 years. Today more than 1500 sisters and 600 lay associates carry on this mission with provinces, vice-provinces and missions located in the United States, Peru, Japan and Chile.

Sisters of St. Joseph Website

Benedictine Health System

A leader in Catholic health care, the Benedictine Health System is sponsored by the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery, Duluth, Minn. The Benedictine Health System currently owns or manages more than 40 health care facilities in seven states.

Benedictine Health System Website

Mission Statement:

In the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and in partnership with Benedictine Health System, Nazareth Living Center participates in the healing mission of Jesus by ministering with compassion and responding creatively to the needs of aging persons.

Core Values


We value human life at all stages and treat all persons equally, justly and compassionately.


We are honest with the people we serve and good stewards of our resources.


We create a welcoming community of faith and come together in gentleness, peace and joy.


We work together with others with like values to achieve common goals.

Nazareth Faith Connection

Caring is What We Do!

2018 - 2019 Board of Trustees


  • Elaine S. Moore, Chairperson
  • Deborah Rapp, Vice-Chair
  • Sr. Marie Joan Harris, CSJ, Ph.D., Secretary
  • Kevin Rymanowski, Treasurer
  • Joann Foster, Assistant Secretary


  • Chris Boldt
  • Len Essig
  • Sr. Mary Kay Hadican, CSJ
  • Michael Haywood
  • Sr. Marilyn Lott, CSJ
  • Rob Ludwig
  • Fred Lutzeier
  • S. Fran Maher, CSJ
  • Dan Sinclair
  • Sr. Suzanne Wesley, CSJ


  • Cindy Woods, Administrator/CEO Nazareth Living Center

2019 – 2020 Foundation Board


  • Erin D. Merkle, Chair
  • Dean Mills, Vice Chair
  • Joann Foster, Secretary


  • Mary Ann Daust-Buehler
  • Len Essig
  • Sr. Jane Gerard, CSJ
  • Gary Gianino
  • Sr. Mary Kay Hadican, CSJ
  • Carl Hendrickson
  • Dane Huxel
  • Joe Licata
  • Allen Grieve
  • Dan Winkleman III.
  • Tina Ogle
  • Dennis Popp


  • Cindy Woods, Executive Director Nazareth Living Center
  • David Franta, Staff Liaison