At a convent in Livonia, Michigan, 13 Felician sisters lost their lives to Covid-19 in 2020. Several others fought battles with the virus before recovering, but life at the convent has changed significantly in the wake of their losses. Sr. Mary Andrew Budinski and Sr. Mary Ann Smith reflected for America on the experiences of faith and grace they have found in the midst of a profoundly challenging time for their community.
Serving where needed since 1874
Founded in Poland in 1855, the Felician Sisters are a congregation of women religious inspired by the spiritual ideals of their foundress, Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska, and Saints Francis of Assisi, Clare of Assisi and Felix of Cantalice. Arriving in North America in 1874 following Blessed Mary Angela’s directive “to serve where needed,” they helped to weave the social service system. Today, the Felician Sisters founded, sponsor or support through the presence of our sisters, more than 40 ministries – all continuing to evolve to meet the needs of the people they serve.