From Poland to North America:
The Felician Sisters’ History

Blessed Angela

Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska,
Foundress

In 1825, Angela Truszkowaka, foundress of the Feician Sisters, was born Sophia Camille in Kalsz, 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 Feliciain 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.

felecian sisters

felician sisters north america

Felician Sisters Mission Statement

The Mission of the Felician Sisters is to cooperate with Christ in the Spiritual Renewal of the World. In our Felician-sponsored ministries
  • We are committed to beter 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

In 2009, the Felician Sisters established one North American province, Our Lady of Hope, centered in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. As a province, the Sisters continue to explore how to best respond to the needs of the time and heed Blessed Mary Angela’s call to “serve where you are needed.”
felician sisters group shot

The Our Lady of Hope Provincial Council

felician services logo history

Felician Services Inc

In 1989, to safeguard the Felician Sisters’ interests at the sponsored ministries, Felician Services was created to empower, challenge and support the sponsored ministries in Chicago and Milwaukee. In 2009, the Our Lady of Hope Provincial Council selected Felician Services Inc to be the Sole Corporate Member to oversee governance/be the arm of the Sisters in Ministry, etc. in North America.
1887
St. Mary Home & Felician Village
MANITOWOC, WI
1908
St. Joseph Academy
MILWAUKEE, WI
1913
St. Joseph Home for Children
JACKSON, MI
(now Felician Children’s Center)
1915
Immaculate Conception High School
LODI, NJ
1923
Felician College
LODI, NJ
1932
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School
CORAOPOLIS, PA
1937
Madonna University
LIVONIA, MI
1939
St. Mary’s Hospital
CENTRALIA, IL
1950
Ladywood High School
LIVONIA, MI
1952
St. Ignatius Nursing & Rehab Center
PHILADELPHIA, PA
1956
St. Francis Hospital
MILWAUKEE, WI
1960
Villa Maria College
BUFFALO, NY
1963
McGuire Memorial
NEW BRIGHTON, PA
1964
St. Anne Home
GREENSBURG, PA
1964
Holy Name of Mary College School
MISSISSAUGA, ONT
1965
Enfield Montessori School
ENFIELD, CT
1968
Felician Sisters Ministry Foundation of Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE, WI
1976
Montessori Center of Our Lady
LIVONIA, MI
1985
Angela Hospice
LIVONIA, MI
1989
Felician Services
CHICAGO, IL
1989
St. Mary Child Care Center
LIVONIA, MI
1990
Felician Adult Day Center
ENFIELD, CT
1990
Villa St. Francis
MILWAUKEE, WI
1990
Marywood Nursing Care Center
LIVONIA, MI
1992
Senior Clergy Village
LIVONIA, MI
1992
St. Felix Pantry
RIO RANCHO, NM
1992
Felician Center
KINGSTREE, SC
1993
St. Felix Centre
TORONTO, ON
2002
Mooncrest Neighborhood Programs
MOON TOWNSHIP, PA
2007
Blessed Mary Angela Spirituality Center
POMONA, CA
2009
St. Francis Residence
ENFIELD, CT

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.