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This Oct. 9, 2012, file photo shows the courtyard of the newly opened Meadows at Mercy Creek in Normal.

NORMAL — Meadows at Mercy Creek, which has 60 assisted-living apartments and four independent living villas in Normal, has been sold by Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community of Chenoa to Franciscan Ministries of Chicago.

Franciscan Ministries said in a statement released Thursday afternoon that it's working "to create a smooth transition for the Mercy Creek associates and residents, while strengthening existing connections within the community at large."

Mercy Creek, at Raab and Towanda Barnes roads, will be renamed The Village at Mercy Creek.

The purchase price and other details of the private transaction were not disclosed.

Meadows at Mercy Creek, 1501 Mercy Creek Drive, was opened in 2012 by Meadows Mennonite Retirement Community of Chenoa, which developed the senior living community with the Apostolic Christian Church of Bloomington-Normal.

"Our rich history and Mennonite values have steadily guided our ministry at Meadows for the past 95 years," Meadows Board Chair Mary Dyck said. "After much research, prayerful consideration and asking many, many tough questions, we are confident that Franciscan Ministries will carry the Meadows mission forward."

Franciscan Ministries, sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago, is a nonprofit Catholic system offering senior living, health care and community-based services. Franciscan Ministries owns and operates senior living facilities throughout the Midwest.

"We are excited to add Mercy Creek to our steadily growing family of Franciscan communities and look forward to working with the associates and residents in the next chapter of the community's history," Franciscan Ministries President and CEO Judy Amiano said.

"For over 120 years, we have dedicated ourselves to creating premier senior living facilities in the Midwest," Amiano continued. "We look forward to continuing the ministry that was started by the community nearly six years ago."

Contact Paul Swiech at (309) 820-3275. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_swiech

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Health reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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