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We are an international order of over 2,400 vowed Roman Catholic religious women ministering to God's people in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Poland, England, France, Italy, Estonia, the Ukraine and Kenya. Impelled by the Gospel, the spirit of Francis of Assisi, and the legacy of our foundress, Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska, we are women of prayer and service who live together in community. Education, health care, youth and pastoral ministries, social work, retreats and diocesan ministries comprise our diverse apostolic works.


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HISTORY

The Felician Congregation traces its roots to Sophia Truszkowska, who was born into a wealthy family on May 16, 1825 in Kalisz, Poland. Instilled with religious values and a sense of social responsibility early in life, she became increasingly distressed at the injustice and dismal economic conditions in her country. Shocked by bands of homeless children wandering in the streets of Warsaw, Sophia rented an apartment and began to care for them. She was soon joined by other women who shared her concern for the abandoned youngsters. On November 21, 1855, in the presence of Rev. Honorat Kozminski, a Capuchin Franciscan priest and Sophia's spiritual adviser, Sophia and her cousin dedicated their lives to God's service before the icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, thus officially establishing the congregation. As a consecrated religious woman, Sophia became known as Sister Mary Angela. The people of Warsaw, observing the sisters and children often praying at the shrine of St. Felix of Cantalice in a nearby church, called them the "Sisters of St. Felix" or "Felicians."

Community membership increased, and the sisters extended their ministry to the elderly, infirm and poor of all ages. In 1874, five Felicians arrived in Polonia, Wisconsin. Within a decade there were over 200 sisters in the United States, primarily teaching in the emerging Catholic school system. They subsequently established orphanages, homes for the aged and hospitals.

Today Felician Sisters minister in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, England, France, Italy, Estonia, the Ukraine and Kenya, as well as the United States and Poland. Adapting to changing times and circumstances, we are enriched by Blessed Mary Angela's vision of rebirth and renewal in the Church and society (Sister Mary Angela was beatified on April 18, 1993 by Pope John Paul II). A profound love of God lived out in service to others is her enduring legacy to the Felician Congregation.

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FRANCISCAN HERITAGE

Felician Sisters follow the Rule of St. Francis and profess vows of obedience, poverty and chastity. Our heritage is deeply rooted in the Franciscan spirit. Francis of Assisi's love of God and neighbor flowed from envisioning God in all creation, enfleshed in the person of Jesus Christ. As a Gospel pilgrim, he struggled to see and was gifted with experiencing the profound dignity of each person. He struggled to hear the meaning of rebuilding the Church as ministry to the poor and abandoned. With an open heart Francis allowed himself to be awakened, converted and renewed. Joy, simplicity, penance, dependence upon God and loyalty to the Church became hallmarks of his life. These Franciscan gifts were an integral part of Blessed Mary Angela's life and thus influenced the foundation of the Felician Congregation. We are members of the Franciscan family and continue to follow the example of Francis in contemplation, continuing conversion, poverty and humility.

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MARIAN TRADITION

Both St. Francis and Blessed Mary Angela revered Mary, the Mother of Christ. At its inception, the Felician Community was dedicated to Mary, who thus became our model of the heroic woman of faith and Mother of the Congregation. Our motto, "All through the heart of Mary in honor of the most Blessed Sacrament," captures the Felician vision of leading all to Christ just as Mary bore Him into the world.

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PRAYER

Prayer is at the heart of the Felician lifestyle. It enables sisters to receive life and to bring forth new life in others, to experience God's overwhelming love and strive to respond with reciprocal love. Daily prayer sustains us in this intimate communion with God.

The Eucharist is central to our consecrated life, for it speaks of the totality of Christ's giving Himself for us. In daily attendance at the Eucharistic Liturgy and adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, Felicians allow the Lord to change their hearts, and are empowered to minister in a renewed presence to one another and to God's people.

Growth in relationship with the Lord is also fostered through praying the Liturgy of the Hours, scriptural and personal prayer, spiritual reading, frequent reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, monthly days of renewal and an annual retreat.

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COMMUNITY LIFE

Community is born of a sense of God drawing together those who share a similar call, mission and values. As Felician Sisters, we accept the challenge and enjoy the support of community living. We contribute our time, energy and talents, and strive for unity in diversity in our acceptance of one another. Our life together is enriched through shared prayer, meals, domestic duties, recreational activities, and the simple joy of being present to each other in the midst of life's daily trials. Thus the love evidenced in community becomes a springboard for spreading the kingdom of love among God's people.

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MINISTRY

Ministry within the Church involves bringing to light the spiritual, physical, emotional and social needs of God's people, seeing the face of Christ in all, lightening their burdens and sharing in their hardships and dreams. Ministries undertaken by the Felician Congregation today vary on a regional level, and include education at all levels, catechetics, health care services, school and hospital administration, social work, pastoral, campus and youth ministries, retreat and renewal programs, food service, clerical work and missionary apostolates.

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FORMATION

Formation is a lifelong, dynamic process of conversion, renewal, personal growth and spiritual development leading to a deeper union with the Lord and a gradual attainment of a Felician identity. The initial steps in the process follow. During AFFILIATION, a woman continues in her ordinary lifestyle while maintaining contact with a Felician sister who assists her in vocational discernment. She is able to share in the life of the sisters through participation in prayer, community life and ministry at the provincial house or at a local convent. After entrance to the POSTULANCY, a woman resides in the community, participates in its daily life and tests out her ability to live as a Felician Sister. Deepening relationship with Christ is the accent of the NOVITIATE. Particular emphasis is placed on prayer life and practices which foster spiritual growth, formative direction and the study of the vows, rule and constitutions. An apostolic experience is part of the two-year novitiate program. The six-year period of TEMPORARY PROFESSION OF VOWS provides opportunities for continuing spiritual, personal, social and apostolic development. At the time of PERPETUAL PROFESSION OF VOWS the sister freely chooses to make a permanent commitment to God and to the Felician Community.

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VISION STATEMENT

Turn to the Lord your God
Accept His unconditional love.

Be Eucharist . . .
Centered in Jesus,
Gift received, Gift given.

Be Sister . . .
Live the Paschal Mystery,
Nurture, encourage, and celebrate.

Be Servant . . .
Faithful daughter of Blessed Mary Angela.
Embrace all in Franciscan joy,
Be compassionate and merciful,
Be a prophetic witness to a world in need of healing.
Proclaim the saving presence of God

To All

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DIRECTORY

OUR LADY MEDIATRIX OF ALL GRACES
Via del Casaletto, 540
00151 Rome, Italy
011 (396) 653-0216

PROVINCIAL HOUSES


UNITED STATES

PRESENTATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
36800 Schoolcraft Road
Livonia, Michigan 48150-1172
(734) 591-1730

IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
600 Doat Street
Buffalo, New York 14211
(716) 892-4141

MOTHER OF GOOD COUNSEL
3800 West Peterson Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60659-3116
(773) 463-3020

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
260 South Main Street
Lodi, New Jersey 07644-2196
(201) 473-7447

OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART
1500 Woodcrest Avenue
Coraopolis, Pennsylvania 15108
(412) 264-2890

OUR LADY OF THE ANGELS
1315 Enfield Street
Enfield, Connecticut 06082-4929
(860) 745-7791

ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
4210 Meadowlark Lane, S.E.
Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87124-1021
(505) 892-8862

CANADA

HOLY NAME OF MARY
2165 Mississauga Road
Mississauga, Ontario L5H 2K8
(905) 278-5452

BRAZIL

NOSSA SENHORA APARECIDA
Caixa Postal 16.520
Curitiba PR - Brasil
81520-990
(011) 55 41 277-1520

POLAND

NIEPOKALANEGO SERCA NAJSW. MARYI PANNY
ul. Smolensk 6
31-107 Krakow
Polska
(011) 48.12 22.08.37

MATKI BOZEJ CZESTOCHOWSKIEJ
ul. Poniatowskiego 33
37-700 Przemysl
Polska
(011) 48.10 70.72.24

MATKI BOZEJ KROLOWEJ POLSKI
ul. Kosciuszkowcow 85
04-545 Warszawa
Polska
(011) 48.22 12.03.32

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SELECTED FELICIAN RESOURCES

  • Chmiel, M.F. (1986). The heart of Mother Angela: Mother Mary Angela Truszkowska and the Felician Sisters against the backdrop of nineteenth century religious thought in Poland. Pittsburgh, PA: Shemco.

  • Grabowski, M.B. (1993). Felician Sisters: history of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Felix of Cantalice. Newark, NJ: Johnson.

  • Kadyszewski, M.J. (1982). One of the family: history of the Felician Sisters, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Province, 1920-1977. Pittsburgh, PA: Wolfson.

  • Kalinowski, M.T. (1967). Felician Sisters in the West. Ponca City, OK: Bruce.

  • Kuznicki, E.M. (1996). Journey in faith: the history of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Province of the Felician Sisters, Buffalo, New York, 1900-1976. Buffalo, NY: Felician Sisters, Immaculate Heart of Mary Province.

  • Lewko, M.J. (1993). On earth as in heaven: the life story of Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska, foundress of the Felician Sisters. Enfield, CT: Congregation of the Sisters of St. Felix.

  • Zimmerman, M.S. (1994). A tree in bloom: the Canadian branch of the Felician Sisters. Mississauga, ON: Felician Sisters of Canada.

  • Ziolkowski, M.J. (1984). Felician Sisters of Livonia, Michigan: first province in America. Detroit, MI: Harlo.


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