Sisters Build a Neighborhood Blessing Box

A community effort, offering food, essentials, and blessings during the pandemic's challenges.

The sisters of Mother of Perpetual Hope Convent, living the ministry of presence in the Piety Hill neighborhood of Detroit, MI, had been searching for a way to care for the steady stream of marginalized people who regularly pass through their neighborhood.

Ever since moving to the city, Sr. Mary Francis Lewandowski wanted to establish a blessing box. This turned out to be the perfect fit. At the beginning of the pandemic, Sr. Felicity Marie Madigan and her friend John built and installed a Deo Gratias box in the front yard of the convent. The box contains portable foods that can be eaten in transit, as well as hand sanitizer, face masks, and small hygiene products.

“Take what you need. Give what you can. Above all be blessed!”

The concept caught on and, before long, it became a neighborhood project. People began helping the sisters keep the box full. Not only did they add food to the box, but also bibles and holy cards.

Recently, someone left a note thanking the sisters for helping them during this difficult time of the pandemic when so many are out of work.

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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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