Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska, Foundress
In 1825, Angela Truszkowaka, foundress of the Feician Sisters, was born Sophia Camille in Kalisz, Poland, of well-educated and devout parents. From her earliest years, her deep piety was coupled with a strong recognition of the need of the people of her time: the plight of the youth, widows and elderly. By 1854, she had crystallized a vision of her mission. She set about to seek help for the forsaken children of Warsaw’s inner city and the elderly homeless. The congregation had its origin in social services and this work flourished.
In 1855, Sophia became a member of the Third Order of St. Francis and took the name Angela. On November 21, she and her cousin consecrated themselves to do God’s will. This was the beginning of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Felix of Cantalice, Third Order of St. Francis, more popularly knows as the Felician Sisters. In the decades after, the Felician Sisters actualized the Gospel in generating needed social changes, actively survived political suppression and assumed a vital and lasting role in the mission of the church.
Establishing Provinces in North America
In 1874, Angela heartily endorsed sending sisters to America and personally blessed the first five Felician Sisters as they left for Polonia, Wisconsin, where they worked with Polish immigrants as well as with Winnebago and Menomonee Indians. Soon after, in 1882, the sisters established their first provincial headquarters in Detroit, Michigan. From there, six more provinces, many vocations and diverse ministries flourished.
Felician Sisters Mission Statement
- We are committed to better the human condition through our ministries.
- We work to repair social conditions that hinder fullness of life for individuals and communities.
- We respond to the needs of the whole person with special attention to those of the human spirit.
One Our Lady of Hope Province
A History of Felician-Sponsored Ministries in North America
The Felician Sisters have provided service through their sponsored and co-sponsored ministries in both 10 States in the United States and in Ontario, Canada for 128 years. Felician-Sponsored Minisitries have a rich history of serving everyone from infants to people in the final stages of their lives.
St. Mary Home & Felician Village
St. Joseph Academy
St. Joseph Home for Children
(now Felician Children’s Center)
Immaculate Conception High School
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School
St. Mary’s Hospital
St. Ignatius Nursing & Rehab Center
St. Francis Hospital
Villa Maria College
NEW BRIGHTON, PA
St. Anne Home
Holy Name of Mary College School
Enfield Montessori School
Felician Sisters Ministry Foundation of Milwaukee
Montessori Center of Our Lady
St. Mary Child Care Center
Felician Adult Day Center
Villa St. Francis
Marywood Nursing Care Center
Senior Clergy Village
St. Felix Pantry
RIO RANCHO, NM
St. Felix Centre
Mooncrest Neighborhood Programs
MOON TOWNSHIP, PA
Blessed Mary Angela Spirituality Center
St. Francis Residence