Immaculate Conception Convent

In 1909, the sisters of the Buffalo province purchased the Henessy-O’Hare estate in Lodi, New Jersey, in order to set up a new province closer to New York City. On this 22-acre estate, they converted the stone residence, a millhouse that came to be known as “the little red house,” into a novitiate. As vocations flourished, they built a new provincial home. Though World War I slowed the construction process, the stately brick chapel and west wing were dedicated in 1915. A training school for teachers, Immaculate Conception Summer Normal School opened on the campus in 1923. It developed into a junior college by 1941, became Felician College in 1967, and evolved into Felician University in 1995. In 2023, with all of the Lodi Felician Sisters living in the former infirmary, renamed Immaculate Conception Convent, the original convent and chapel were slated for demolition, becoming much-needed green space on the Felician campus.

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.
  • EIN 27-1282473
Felician Sisters of North America