“Beans and Rice” Fuel Transformation

Reflection by Felician Sr. Mary Angela Parkins, President and CEO of St. Felix Pantry.

The Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, NM recently published a reflection by Felician Sr. Mary Angela Parkins, President and CEO of St. Felix Pantry. An educational nonprofit founded by Franciscan Fr. Richard Rohr, the CAC introduces seekers to the Christian path of transformation. In their work, a contemplative, compassionate approach to engaging with the world balances opportunities for reflection with working for social justice. Sr. Angela’s piece is part of a series that explores ways to show solidarity with the most vulnerable.

Since 2017, Sr. Angela has led St. Felix Pantry, which serves more than 1,000 guests each week, providing food, compassionate support, and referral services for those in need. In her reflection, Sr. Angela writes about service to others as a catalyst for hope and equity. “Justice and peace go together like beans and rice,” she says. “Beans and rice, together, create a complete protein. Justice and peace, together, create hope and equity.”

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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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