I was in formation with the Franciscan friars back in the 1980s. I spent the summer of 1985 at the Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University in New York. There were four Felician sisters there that summer: Sisters Pauline and Nora from the former Livonia Province and Sisters Goretti and Dorothy from Canada. The thing I remember most about them was their spirit of joy. They embodied the Franciscan charism of harmony, with the Church, with their brothers and sisters, and with God. They were also deeply committed to their apostolates. Even after all these years those qualities still stand out for me. I’m no longer in religious life, but the life lessons I learned from people like these Felician Sisters helped form me into the man I am today.


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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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  • Felician Sisters of North America is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.
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