Plans for Continuing Care Retirement Community in Alton Deanery We need your feedback!

We're reaching out to ask for your help with an important initiative in our Deanery. The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois has created initial plans to build a continuing care retirement community in the Alton Deanery.

The retirement village will be located in Glen Carbon and will be the first of its kind in the Springfield Diocese, providing quality, market-rate senior housing with a Catholic expression to people of all faiths. Market studies and focus groups have been completed and confirm the viability of this project.

This retirement community will be carefully designed to address the needs of our senior citizens today, and in the future. The resulting campus will provide senior care living in the form of active residences in “pocket” neighborhoods, a beautiful chapel, and apartments for independent living, assisted living, and memory care. The campus will be located adjacent to a quality skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility down the road from a local hospital. Our vision calls for a “social enterprise” such that revenue over and above the amount needed to operate the campus will be directed to Catholic Charities in the Alton Deanery to support its ministries for the poor.

The Diocese owns 52 acres at the proposed location, providing a spacious environment for this community. The site has many advantages, including its next door neighbor, Father McGivney High School, proximity to retail and restaurants, access to St. Louis attractions and health care accessibility.

Before moving forward with these plans, the Diocese is conducting a feasibility study to gain the input and opinions of the clergy and parishioners within the Deanery about this project. To gain broader feedback about this effort, the Diocese is collecting responses through a brief e-survey.

At your earliest convenience, I encourage you to go to and click on Alton Deanery E-survey to begin the survey. Responses will be collected through Monday, February 19.

We need your help and feedback to plan the best path forward for our Deanery. Thank you in advance for your participation!

**Please note: If you have already completed a personal interview with a CCS representative, please do not submit an e-survey.