Felician Sisters of North America Create More Efficient Footprint

Sisters reassess Lodi, New Jersey campus and make decision to de-densify to create more green space for the sisters, Felician University, Immaculate Conception High School and the Felician School for Exceptional Children.
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Marcia Wallander
Chief Mission Advancement Officer
Felician Sisters of North America
724-944-9814 (cell)

Beaver Falls, PA (November 28, 2022) – As part of their ongoing commitment to good stewardship of the lands and buildings in their  care, the Felician Sisters of North America are beginning a multi-stage project that will create  more green space on their Lodi, New Jersey campus and better serve the present and future  needs of the sisters, as well as the campus communities who share the property. 

The original motherhouse of the Felician Sisters in Lodi had been the headquarters of the Lodi  Province for many years, but as needs for space have shifted, the sisters have realized the need  to create a more efficient footprint.  

While the old convent building holds many treasured memories for the sisters, the southwest  portion of the original convent that is no longer in use, as well as the main chapel, have been  designated for demolition; both of these spaces are considered generally unfit for any  alternative use. 

No sisters have lived full time in the old motherhouse for at least 15 years. All of the sisters  currently living in Lodi live in the renovated Immaculate Conception Convent, which has its own  chapel.

Before arriving at the difficult decision to proceed with demolition, provincial administration  consulted with various experts, including structural engineers and properties experts, to gather  concrete data that supports informed and wise decision-making. Provincial Minister Sr. Judith  Marie Kubicki participated in conversations with the Lodi sisters, guided the discernment  process, and provided assurance of careful observation of the special protocols for closing the  chapel and either relocating or removing sacred items. 

Always clear-eyed in the face of change, the thriving Felician community recognizes that  resources are more meaningfully allocated elsewhere than the maintenance of aging structures  and look forward to the green space that will de-densify the campus that they share with  Felician University, Immaculate Conception High School, and the School for Exceptional  Children. 

Demolition activity will begin in early 2023, though some preliminary preparatory activity will  begin at the end of 2022. Sr. Judith Kubicki says, “We ask for your support so that this project  may move forward smoothly, without unnecessary complications. We pray for blessings for all  involved.” 


About Felician Sisters of North America

The Felician Sisters of North America are a contemplative-active order of Franciscan Catholic  sisters, inspired by the spiritual ideals of their Foundress Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska and  Saint Francis of Assisi. They were founded in Poland in 1855 and were called to America in 1874  to minister to the immigrant and indigenous families of Polonia, WI.  

The sisters continue to follow their foundress Blessed Mary Angela’s directive to “serve where  needed” constantly evolving to meet the needs of the time. They continue to shape the social  service landscape through their work and support of more than 40 ministries and in their  ministry of presence throughout Canada, America and Haiti in schools, parishes, prisons,  hospitals, dioceses and social service ministries. Learn more at www.feliciansistersna.org.


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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.

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