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The Sister Jubilarians from Blessed Mary Angela and Immaculate Heart of Mary Convents in Buffalo, New York, awoke to a surprise celebration on Sunday, May 31, the beautiful feast of Pentecost.

Angela Moloney, President and CEO of the Catholic Foundation and an alumna of Madonna University, was deeply moved by a sense of profound loss for the Felician community and the impact of losing so many sisters so quickly. She felt called to respond and invite others to join her in creating a fund to support the sisters.

In the past week, there were no new cases in any of our convents and Sisters who were COVID-positive continue to complete their 28 days of isolation with no symptoms for at least a week.

Jeff Hulbert, mission leader at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School, coordinated a May crowning for the Felician Sisters in the convent and representatives of the students from the high school.

Madonna University celebrated the Feast of St. Felix of Cantalice with a musical prayer vigil in honor of the 12 Felician Sisters of Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Convent who recently passed away.

Our Srs. Felicity, Francis and Shelley were interviewed on the 4 p.m. news on WDIV Local 4 on Tuesday. Click the link to watch the video.

When the quarantine began, Sr. Paul Marie Baczkowski, local minister at Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent, and Sr. Mary Lorianne Tylczynski, local minister at Blessed Mary Angela Convent, both in Buffalo, New York, wanted to do something for the workers on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic.

Watching the sun’s warmth grow and spread, we continue to celebrate the Resurrection and trust in the hope we have been promised. As we have examined possibilities for stepping down coronavirus restrictions in our convents, we have been reminded about the need to use caution as we make changes.

Golden jubilarian Sr. Mary Therese Ann Parobek crowned the statue of Mary during evening prayer on Wednesday, May 13, at St. Joseph the Worker Convent in Pomona, California.

Watch this video of Senator Dayna Polehanki giving a heartfelt tribute to our Felician Sisters on the floor of the Michigan State Senate.

The sisters at the Generalate in Rome, Italy, held the May Crowning of Mary our Mother on Saturday, May 9. The crown for Mary was beautifully handmade by Sr. Mary Maristella Rokosz, who cultivated the flowers in the Generalate garden.

As the earth begins to wake up around us (despite the chill and even some snow flurries this past week!), we are beginning to emerge from the sorrow of our many losses due to the coronavirus, as well as those that continue from the more normal course of life.

In hope of continuing the Marian traditions long observed by the Felician Sisters in Lodi, New Jersey, and with a desire to ask the Virgin Mary to intercede to God for His mercy during the pandemic, the annual May Coronation took place on Thursday, May 7, in Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel. 

The annual prom and class reunion at The Felician School for Exceptional Children has been an enduring tradition for the past 25 years -- and the school wasn’t about to let the coronavirus pandemic stop it.

On May 2, Sister Mary Bridget Becker '63, Sister Janet Marie Kurgan '65 and Sister Mary Joellen Zajac '66, all alumni of Immaculate Conception High School in Lodi, NJ, crowned the Blessed Mother at the Peace Site on behalf of the ICHS Senior Class of 2020.

On Friday, May 1, during the daily video-broadcast of announcements from Holy Family Chapel in Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Convent to the Sisters quarantined in their rooms, the annual May Crowning was held. 

As we look back on the past week, we see so much strength and solidarity, despite the distance between each of us as Sisters, and between us and the neighborhoods we love so much.

The Williamsburg HomeTown Chamber Image Award recipient is the Felician Center.

Sisters Agnes Marie Molitoris, Jane Mary McNamara and Darlene Marie Schoenherr showed their support of the staff of Marywood Nursing Care Center in Livonia, Michigan, by holding signs on the front lawn to express their appreciation.

Manaujnk restaurants delivered meals to Temple University Hospital and St. Ignatius Nursing Home and Rehab Center, where the crowd of workers couldn't hide their appreciation for a little goodness in a dark time.

Sister Jeanne Marie Akalski, fourth grade instructor at St. Joseph School, is a Felician Sister who has spent decades in educational ministry. Never in her wildest dreams would she have imagined how her teaching strategies would dramatically change in March of 2020.

On April 18, Sr. Christine Marie Stankiewicz celebrated her 50th jubilee as a Felician Sister. Though COVID-19 required her to make some adjustments to her plans, she was still able to mark the occasion at her home in Enfield, Connecticut.

This past week has been one of sharing, of sorrow, of support, and yet, of beginning to look to the future and how to move forward in safety while living our lives as women religious.

The first Earth Day was held in 1970 and today it celebrates its 50th anniversary. The day is meant to call into awareness the need for the environmental protection of our planet. Today, Earth Day is celebrated in more than 190 countries.

In September 2017, the Felician Sisters of North America completed a 2MW solar energy project on six sites in five states. To date, the entire array has produced over 7GW of power.

Today, life as we know it has been turned upside down. We, as Felician Sisters, are both sheltering in place in order to protect precious lives and working through our ministries to assist those in need, who require our assistance even more urgently at this time of joblessness and uncertainty.

The quarantine may have caused the cancellation of the traditional Easter egg hunt at Enfield Montessori School in Enfield, Connecticut, but it couldn’t stop the teachers, parents and students from celebrating Easter with a parade.

The Felician Sisters at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Convent in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, put their culinary skills to work to make a special treat for the Valley Ambulance Service, who have served them for many years, especially when the convent was a care center.

While COVID-19 shut down businesses, churches, schools and more, the Sisters at the Felician Center in Kingstree, South Carolina, persevered as they donned their gloves and face masks to distribute Easter baskets and gift cards to the families served by the Learning Center.

With the shelter-in-place orders from the Governor of Illinois and the increased number of individuals now unemployed, calls requesting assistance from the St. Turibius Food Pantry in Chicago have escalated. In response, the Sisters and lay members of the St. Turibius St. Vincent DePaul Society are working to ensure that the needs of the people in crisis are being met.

The Felician Children’s Center in Jackson, Michigan, is closed due to COVID-19, but the staff has found a way to continue to help. Tracy Smith Jackson, CEO, said the staff has collected all of the personal protective equipment (PPE) left at the center and donated them to Henry Ford Allegiance Hospital in Jackson.

Felician University in Lodi, New Jersey, was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from the Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National College, or Pittcon, grant program. The university will use the money to supply their chemistry labs with fluorescence spectroscopy units, instruments used in biochemical, medical and chemical research for analyzing organic compounds.

While the COVID-19 pandemic is keeping many people apart, residents and their families at St. Anne Home in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, are finding new ways to connect.

St. Felix Pantry, a ministry of the Felician Sisters of North America, is the only food pantry still open in and around Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

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.