In early Fall 2022, Felician Sisters Child Care Centers (FSCCC) responded to a community need and answered the call. St. Joseph Child Care Center (SJCCC) in Pontiac, Michigan, formerly operated by a different organization, sought a new organization to support them in delivering high-quality child care to the Pontiac community. Situated near St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital, the hospital administration heard that FSCCC was highly recommended for providing child care and suggested that FSCCC could serve as the new organization to support the program. Pontiac has a great need for childcare as many parts of the community have been historically marginalized and neglected.
Now reopened as a program under FSCCC, President Karen Richter is working to grow SJCCC with five excellent lead teachers. SJCCC welcomed several new families in over the last few weeks and have begun reaching out to hospital employees in need of child care. Slowly but surely, SJCCC is becoming known again in the Pontiac community.
The relationship with the hospital has been very good as they have been responsive and helpful. SJCCC plans to have a Blessing/Ribbon Cutting in late March. There will be more info to come as leadership continues to plan!
The evening of December 8th on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Holy Name of Mary College students in grades 5 to 12 took the stage to treat their families, the staff, and the Felician Sisters from the Mississauga convent to a delightful Christmas program. The program highlighted the talented students and the thriving Arts program at HNMCS.
The program – The Angels and the Christmas Star – blended the story of Christ’s birth as well as musical performance to showcase God’s gifts as expressed in music, dance, and speech. Students designed the artwork for the program and the set designs, and school leadership and faculty encouraged every student to express their joy for the savior’r birth.
Not long before a massive snow storm blanketed Buffalo, the NFL was busy creating a commercial to spread the news about how the NFL partners with communities to keep social justice in focus. With support from Provost Ryan Hartnett, Villa Maria College became a filming site featuring Dion Dawkins promoting partnerships in the pursuit of social justice. The NFL filmed the video in Villa’s hallways and library and features a message in alignment with the Felician Core Value for Ministry of Peace and Justice.
The commercial premiered during the Buffalo Bills game vs. the Cleveland Browns which ended up being played in Detroit due to historic Buffalo snowfall. This story is sourced directly from the Villa Maria website where you can watch the whole video.
Marywood Nursing Care Center (MNCC) in Livonia, Michigan hosted a Veterans Day Social on November 11th. MNCC led the event with a heartfelt Veteran Prayer. The MNCC community thanked the veterans for their service and presented a certificate of recognition to one of the veterans, Richard, who is a long-term care resident. The event involved staff, guests, and residents so that it included the entire community. The group spent time recognizing MNCC’s maintenance person, Tim, and appreciated him for his service as well as he is also a veteran.
Sourced with support from Christina Hall, MNCC Mission Leader.
As part of the Thanksgiving season, leadership at McGuire Memorial in New Brighton, Pennsylvania, including President Chris Shay and Mission Leader S Grace Marie Spera, treated residents to a Thanksgiving prayer services.
“Let us come before him with a song of praise, joyfully sing out our psalms!” 95:2
The community expressed gratitude for the opportunity to gather together to share in the Lord’s blessings at the Thanksgiving Prayer Service.