Bound with our love of Christ is a genuine devotion to his Mother. As daughters of Mary united to Jesus through the grace of the Holy Spirit, we honor her by our personal and communal devotion. We strive to acquire Mary’s spirit and reflect the virtues of her Immaculate Heart(Response to Love, Constitutions of the Felician Sisters)
Blessed Mary Angela, our Foundress, in her proclamation of Mary as Mother and Lady of our Congregation, offered to us this heroic woman of faith as a model and mother. Mary’s faith journey and her role as the first among the faithful challenge us to a radical following of Jesus as women consecrated through our profession of the evangelical counsels.
On November 21, 1855, Sophia, who was now known as Mother Angela, decided to consecrate herself totally to God and forged a new religious community steeped in the values and ideals of Saint Francis of Assisi.
The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, celebrated every year on November 21, commemorates (in the words of the Liturgy of the Hours, the daily prayer of the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church) “that dedication of herself which Mary made to God from her very childhood under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit who filled her with grace at her Immaculate Conception.”
Foundress of the Felician Sisters
Sophia Camille Truszkowska, later known as Mother Mary Angela, was born in Kalisz, Poland, on May 16,1825. Sophia’s parents provided her with educational opportunities to which her keen mind responded eagerly.
As a child and adolescent, Sophia was drawn to prayer and genuine compassion for others. As a young woman, she devoted herself to working for the poor and needy. Her spirituality was strengthened by a deep passion for Jesus in the Eucharist, a tender love for the Blessed Mother, and devotion to St. Francis of Assisi.
On November 21, 1855, as Franciscan tertiaries, Sophia and her cousin knelt before the icon of Mary and dedicated themselves to do the will of her Son. For the Felician Sisters, this day became the founding day of the Congregation.
Every aspect of the life of Mother Mary Angela, Foundress of the Felician Sisters, reflected her concern for the spiritual growth of all people and care for their temporal needs. Her mission was sustained by her selfless love of God and desire to do his will.
She was scarcely forty-four years old when she withdrew from active leadership in her Congregation due to increasing deafness. For thirty years until her death on October 10, 1899, Mary Angela Truszkowska accepted her physical sufferings and interior trials as the final and most complete resignation to the will of God.
The Church acknowledges the sanctity of her life.
More about our foundress – http://www.muzeum-mat.cssf.opoka.org.pl/cms/enangela.html
PRAYER IN HONOR OF BLESSED MARY ANGELA TRUSZKOWSKA Virgin and Foundress
God, our Father, you graced Blessed Mary Angela with a living faith and boundless love which she manifested in complete surrender to your divine will. By her prayers and witness may we strive to seek, to accept, and to fulfill your will in all circumstances of our lives. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
Approved by the Congregation for Divine Worship
March 25, 1993 Prot.373/93/L