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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.

After saying goodbye to Poland, the Sister pilgrims made their way to Rome, Italy, where they celebrated Mass on the Feast of St. Felix at his tomb.

On Sunday, May 26, the feast of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, the Felician Sisters in Western Pennsylvania celebrated five jubilarians. T

On Saturday, June 1, the Felician Sisters in the Western New York area celebrated Joy Day, a day traditionally set aside to celebrate the jubilarians in the area.

Mother of Good Counsel Convent Chapel in Chicago, IL, was aglow with the smiling faces of 15 Jubilarians celebrating 50, 60, and 70 years of religious life.

In preparation for their public profession of perpetual vows, Sisters Desiré Anne-Marie Findlay, Maria Louise Edwards, and Maria Bakhita Waweru, MC, accompanied by Sister Suzanne Marie Kush and Mary Andrew Budinski, set off on a pilgrimage to visit the Felician Sisters in Poland and walk in the footsteps of Felician Foundress Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska. The following is Part 2 of their story.

In preparation for their public profession of perpetual vows, Sisters Desiré Anne-Marie Findlay, Maria Louise Edwards, and Maria Bakhita Waweru, MC, accompanied by Sister Suzanne Marie Kush and Mary Andrew Budinski, set off on a pilgrimage to visit the Felician Sisters in Poland and walk in the footsteps of Felician Foundress Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska. The following is Part 2 of their story.

In preparation for their public profession of perpetual vows, Sisters Desiré Anne-Marie Findlay, Maria Louise Edwards, and Maria Bakhita Waweru, MC, accompanied by Sister Suzanne Marie Kush and Mary Andrew Budinski, set off on a pilgrimage to visit the Felician Sisters in Poland and walk in the footsteps of Blessed Mary Angela. This is Part 1 of their story.

On May 18, the Feast of St. Felix of Cantalice, patron saint of the congregation, five Felician Sisters celebrated 50 years of religious life...

More than 100 alumni, faculty, staff, Felician Sisters, and benefactors endured the pouring rain as they broke ground to begin construction of a $9 million, 28,000-square-foot Madonna University Welcome Center which will house the Felician Sisters of North America Heritage Center and Archives...

Felician Sister Johnice Rzadkiewicz was honored at the commencement ceremony of Canisius College as she was presented with the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa...

A new chapter in the life of a former Felician Sisters' Convent began on Monday, April 22, when temporary housing was provided for 50 asylum seekers in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

On Sunday, May 5, the Felician Associates of Western New York, under the guidance of Sister Mary Gerard Fredrick, learned about the Franciscan Crown, a Rosary consisting of seven decades, each representing one of the seven joys of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Felician Associates of the Manitowac, Wisconsin, area welcomed three new members on Saturday, May 4, 2019...

Following the May Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the convent chapel, the New Jersey area Felician Associates met to learn about the creation and prayerful use of icons...

In early April, Sisters Desiré Anne-Marie Findlay, Maria Louise Edwards, and Maria Bakhita Waweru, MC, gathered at the Maryville Retreat Center in Holly, Michigan, to prepare for their perpetual profession of vows this summer...

On May 2, the Felician Sisters of North America hosted their 4th annual What's Cooking event at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, PA. The theme for the event was "Food for the Body - Food for the Soul."...

On Tuesday, students from Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School (OLSH) visited the Provincial House to celebrate their 3 WPIAL Championships and thank the Sisters for their support...

“It’s critical for us to care for the environment because we need the environment,” said Sister Mary Jean Sliwinski, CSSF, provincial sustainability coordinator for the Felician Sisters. “We need the Earth on which to live on. It’s the basis of our faith.”

On Thursday, April 18, the Felician Sisters celebrated the 26th anniversary of the beatification of their Foundress, Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska...

On Saturday, March 23, Felician associates and candidates in Enfield, Connecticut, enjoyed a presentation by Sister Theresa Marie Grochowski about her role at St. Bernard’s Parish. Sister Theresa Marie is a Eucharistic Minister for the parish and brings Holy Communion to those who are homebound or staying in nursing homes and hospitals. For many, she also brings a tangible comfort: prayer shawls...

On March 19, 2019, representatives from the Felician-sponsored ministries in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Illinois, California, Michigan, New York, and Connecticut gathered in Rome, Italy, to begin a pilgrimage through several sites of significance to the heritage of the Felician Sisters...