Teacher’s Legacy

At Assumption BVM grade school in Oil City PA, my 8th Grade Teacher was Sister Mary Gertrude. This was the year 1963-64. Sister was well liked and I had many conversations with her about politics and the JFK Administration. After JFK was assassinated I showed Sister the newly minted JFK half dollar and gave her one as a keepsake, On a Monday Morning one class day, I failed to do my weekend homework assignment because I was out shooting bear targets that weekend. Sister Gertrude looked at me and said she was going to “shoot the big bear”!


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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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