Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Convent

Rio Rancho, NM 87124
(505) 892-8862

History of the Convent
Situated first in Ponca City, Oklahoma, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Province was established in 1953. The sisters purchased the Marland Estate, added a chapel, built a school, and soon established many ministries – eventually overseeing all of the territory west of the Mississippi River. In 1975, seeking a more central location for its missions, the province relocated to New Mexico, “the land of enchantment.” In Rio Rancho, a suburb of Albuquerque, the sisters built a one-story provincial house on a 10-acre property in the sight of the Sandia Mountains. Just three miles from St. Felix Pantry in the urban center of Rio Rancho, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Convent (pictured) included 55 rooms, a library, a greenhouse, a chapel, and four hand-carved panels for the main doors, created by one of the sisters. In 2023, the sisters sold the property and moved to a small convent house in Rio Rancho.

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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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Provincial Information

  • Felician Sisters of North America is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.
  • EIN 27-1282473
Felician Sisters of North America