“Leave Your Hopes and Burdens on the Cross”

At SEEK and NCYC, a wooden cross at the Felician Sisters' booth collects heartfelt prayers from attendees.

Felician Sisters sponsor and participate in two national Catholic conferences, SEEK and the National Catholic Youth Conference, or NCYC. SEEK, a three-day conference organized by FOCUS, whose goal is to encounter people in friendship, invite participants into a personal relationship with Christ and accompany them as they pursue lives of virtue and excellence. Similarly, NCYC provides a unique three-day experience of prayer, community, evangelization, catechesis, service, and empowerment for Catholic teenagers.

At the most recent SEEK and NCYC conferences, the Felician Sisters of North America showcased a powerful symbol of faith: a wooden cross adorned with nails, centrally positioned within their booth. Accompanied by a simple sign bearing the message, “Leave Your Hopes and Burdens on the Cross,” conference participants were encouraged to share their thoughts, prayers, joys, and sorrows on small tags, which were then tenderly hung upon the cross.

The response was immense. At the SEEK conference, 303 heartfelt prayers and reflections were collected, while 309 were penned by NCYC attendees. These poignant messages, each significant in its own right, will be distributed among FSNA convents. There, the sisters will embrace each prayer, incorporating them into their daily devotions with care and reverence.

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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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