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Haiti confirmed its first two cases of COVID19 on Friday, March 20. That same day President Moise announced the closing of schools, businesses and churches until further notice. There are to be no gatherings over ten people, and a curfew will be in effect after 8 p.m.   

With jobs cut off and mouths to feed, the economic victims of the Covid-19 virus are increasingly turning to Western New York's food pantries and free meal sites.

Operating with only essential staff, the Mooncrest Neighborhood Program (MNP) in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, is continuing to serve during the coronavirus pandemic. Although their schedule and services have been modified to protect both the staff and the community, they continue to do what they can to serve their neighbors in need.

We face enormous challenges in preserving our earth for future generations. One of the challenges is to lessen the effects humans have on climate change.

The Felician Center continues to care for its neighbors through the current pandemic with adjustments to protect themselves and those they serve.

Mooncrest Neighborhood Programs, a ministry of the Felician Sisters of North America located in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, is working with a number of organizations to provide onsite services to assist residents in participating in the 2020 Census.

Sr. Desiré Anne-Marie Findlay recently attended her 7th Kairos retreat with the students of Pomona Catholic High School.

In response to COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus, the Felician Sisters of North America are limiting visitors to convents with sisters who have respiratory concerns, as is common during flu season.

Felician Associate Anita Mascarenhas hosted a presentation entitled The Science and Spirituality of the Heart at Holy Name of Mary Convent in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, on Saturday, February 29.

University officials were joined by medical professionals and Parsippany Mayor Michael Soriano recently to cut the ribbon on Felician’s new Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing, or ABSN Learning Site in Parsippany.

On February 22, Felician-sponsored St. Felix Centre in Toronto, Canada, participated in the annual Coldest Night of the Year event, walking through the cold and dark of a Canadian winter night in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who are hungry, homeless and hurting.

Bitter cold couldn't stop supporters of the Madonna University Welcome Center and Felician Sisters of North America Heritage Center and Archives from attending the final beam raising and topping off ceremony Feb. 20.

Construction on Francis House, the 60-bed assisted living and personal care facility in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is in full swing. This addition to the property of Felician-sponsored St. Ignatius Nursing & Rehab Center will provide affordable housing for the elderly.

The Lakeshore Memory Clinic recently received a Collaboration Award from the Chamber of Manitowoc County. The clinic is an affiliate of the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute Dementia Diagnostic Clinic Network and a collaborative effort of Felician Village in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and Holy Family Memorial, a local healthcare network.

Each year, on the Sunday before Valentine’s Day, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (OLSH) High School and Convent in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, honor the legacy of Felician Sr. Louise Marie Olsofka by hosting the Love Walk for the Poor. This year, 80 members of the OLSH community joined the Felician Sisters in their efforts to bring attention and empathy to the poor and homeless.

Sr. Desiré Anne-Marie Findlay, vocation outreach minister for the Felician Sisters of North America, was invited to be a keynote speaker at SANCTUS, the first annual Catholic youth conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Held from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, the event was sponsored by the Norbertine Community and attracted students from across the state.

Felician University has been awarded a $638,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) grant is the largest academic grant ever received by Felician and will be used to fund the Science and Information Technology Scholars or SAINTS program: Recruiting, Retaining, and Graduating Biology, Computer Science, and Cybersecurity Students to Meet Workforce Needs Project.

Approximately 41 million people face hunger in the United States. Citizens in Williamsburg County are not immune to the crisis. The Sisters of the Felician Center are on a mission to help some of our community’s most vulnerable.

On Sunday, February 2, the Felician Sisters welcomed Catherine Rotterman as a postulant at her Rite of Acceptance during a Eucharistic liturgy at the Provincial House in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.

Two Felician Volunteers in Mission, Grace Ruppert and Simone The, recently arrived at Felician Mission: Tulita in the Northwest Territories of Canada. Both have accepted long-term placements in Tulita (Grace for 6 months and Simone for one year), where they will work alongside Sister Mary Celeste Goulet, ministering to the people of the Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith.

The Catholic Foundation of Michigan recently presented Sr. Shelley Marie Jeffrey and Sr. Felicity Marie Madigan with a grant in support of Deo Gratias, a new ministry in Detroit co-directed by the two Sisters. The grant was one of only 33 awarded to a pool of 90 applicants.

On Thursday, December 19, 2019, SSM Health honored the Felician Sisters for their 80 years of service to SSM Health Southern Illinois.

Our Sister Marilyn Minter shares her perspectives on the progress in Haiti 10 years after the earthquake in this article in the Global Sisters Report.

Sr. Desiré Anne-Marie Findlay, vocation outreach minister, recently attended SLS20 in Phoenix, Arizona, a conference for young adult leaders under the ministry of FOCUS. She was accompanied by two young women: Nadia, with whom she worked at Pomona Catholic, and Jordyn, whose family she met during her time in Columbus, Georgia, where she spoke about vocations.

Thanks to a partnership with the Grand Rapids-based Hope Network, a Center for Autism that will include applied behavior analysis (ABA) services, is coming to Madonna University next year. ABA therapy helps children on the autism spectrum improve specific skills like communication and reading.

Felician Sisters across the globe had even more reason to celebrate on this Founders Day, November 21, 2019, as it marked the inauguration of the Vice-Province of Our Lady Mother of Africa in Embu, Kenya.

Nov. 21 marks the anniversary of the founding of the Felician Sisters, their arrival in North America, and the establishment of Our Lady of Hope Province.

On Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, the chapel of the Felician Sisters of North America Provincial House in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, was filled to capacity with joyful witnesses to the first profession of vows of Sr. Agnes Maria Trojnar and Sr. Gabriella Maria Ianieri.

Join us on Facebook Live this Sunday, Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. (EST) as Sisters Agnes Maria Trojnar and Gabriella Maria Ianieri make their first profession of vows to the Felician Sisters.

For nearly eight decades, the Felician Sisters served the Newark community, first with Our Lady of Grace orphanage and later a kindergarten on approximately 180 acres along Route 4. The sisters left the site in 2014, but five years later they are ready to serve in a different way.

“Because of you” became the mantra of the Celebrate Mission: Haiti event hosted by the Felician Sisters at their convent in Livonia, Michigan, on Oct. 10. Because of you, we are able to provide daily meals to 100 children...

As the violence and unrest in Haiti show no sign of stopping, Srs. Marilyn, Inga, and Isjasza are begging for prayers. Protesters are calling for the removal of President Jovenel Moïse. They say the demonstrations will continue until he resigns or is removed, saying they are tired of corruption, ballooning inflation and a shortage of basic goods.

In this installment of #BeyondTheHabit, Sister Desiré reflects on how she’s overcome her assumptions about who sisters are and what they do, and how she’s learned to make her vocation her own as a black woman, as a dancer and as one of the youngest members of her religious order.

Sr. Ann Therese Kelly creates stained glass that inspires prayer and contemplation from her studio in the Felician Sisters' Central Convent in Buffalo, New York. An artist and educator, Kelly has been working with stained glass for almost 40 years.

Felician-sponsored Villa Maria College said its incoming class is a 12 percent increase over last year’s class and the largest class in three years.

As the needs of the community change, the ministries of the Felician Sisters change to meet them. This evolution is evident in the ongoing transition of the Our Lady of Grace property in Newark, Delaware, from an orphanage in the 1940s to an affordable housing complex scheduled to open in this fall.

Year four of Glass Camp commenced this summer at Sister Mary Ann Therese Kelly's Illumination Stained Glass Studio at Villa Maria Convent in Buffalo, NY, from July 15-19.

On July 15, 2019, Felician Sister Victoria Marie Indyk, CSSF, Ph.D., R.N., took the podium as a keynote speaker for the World Congress on Nursing and Healthcare. The topic of her presentation was the more than four-year-old partnership between the Madonna University nursing program and the Felician Mission in Jacmel, Haiti.

Felician Sister Dr. Judith Marie Kubicki, CSSF, was recently awarded the 2019 Jubilate Deo Award from the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM).

A beautiful stained glass window created by Felician Sister Mary Ann Therese Kelly, Megan McElfresh, and Barbara Steffan is now on its way to Ghana, West Africa, where it will be installed in Christ the King Cathedral.

On Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, the chapel at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Convent in Rio Rancho, New Mexico was packed with joyful witnesses to the public profession of perpetual vows of Sisters Desiré Anne-Marie Findlay and Maria Louise Edwards.

Join us on Facebook Live this Thursday, Aug. 15 at 12 p.m. as Sisters Desiré Anne-Marie Findlay and Maria Louise Edwards profess their perpetual vows to the Felician Sisters.

When Crossroads, a social service outreach agency in Detroit, received a last-minute cancellation of volunteers, they reached out to the Felician Sisters, who mustered a dozen volunteers.

Joyful song and dance, rich tradition, and heartfelt worship brought the Immaculate Conception Convent in Lodi, New Jersey, to life on July 13 as the Felician Sisters celebrated Sister Maria Bakhita Waweru’s perpetual profession of vows.

The Fourth of July celebration for the Felician Sisters in Lodi, NJ, took on special meaning this year. True to the Felician spirit of generosity, the Sisters used their afternoon activities to raise funds for the Mary Ruchalski Foundation, which benefits children battling cancer.

On Sunday, June 30, the Felician Associates of Western Pennsylvania renewed their commitment to the Felician Sisters and welcomed new Associate Darci Smith.

“You are the hope. We are the change.” That was the mantra heard time and again at the 2019 Seeds of Hope Felician Youth Leadership Experience, and it exemplifies the intention of the program: to bring about positive change in the world by nurturing the next generation of leaders...

On their second day in Rome, the Sisters traveled to the Catacombs of St. Callixtus.

After returning from Assisi, the pilgrims returned to Rome, where Sister Mary Agnieszka Mruga led them on a tour of various historical sites significant in the history of the Catholic Church.

From Cantalice, the Sister pilgrims traveled to Assisi, to walk in the footsteps of St. Francis and St. Clare.  Assisi is where these two saints were born, baptized, and called into the service of God. It is a city rich in the Franciscan spirit of simplicity.