Category Archives: conversiion

Catholic men and women professed perpetual religious vows

Washington D.C., Feb 3, 2019 / 03:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Last year at least 240 Catholic men and women professed perpetual religious vows in the U.S., and a new survey provides a statistical snapshot of who they are and where they came from.

Those who made final vows tend to be cradle Catholics with multiple siblings and attended Catholic schools.

The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University sought information from superiors of religious institutes on religious professions in 2018. The center analyzed the results in a report for the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations. Continue reading

Felician Delegation in Panama for World Youth Day

Felician Delegation in Panama for World Youth Day

S Judith Marie Blizzard, S Desiré Anne-Marie Findlay, and Caroline Stanfill, program outreach coordinator, spent their first full day in Panama for World Youth Day on Tuesday, January 22.
Traveling with 43 other pilgrims from the Diocese of Pittsburgh, they began their journey on Sunday evening, January 20, arriving by bus via an overnight trip from Costa Rica.
After settling into their home for the week, the group from Pittsburgh ventured into the hot and bustling city, standing shoulder to shoulder with pilgrims from around the world. They participated in the opening Mass, and then spent the evening relaxing, eating, and getting ready for the week ahead.
Sister Desiré said, “Even after a difficult night on the bus and a whole day on our feet, it seems we are all very energized by the kindness we are experiencing in Panama. People call out Bienvenidos a Panamá!(Welcome to Panama) from their windows while countless cars honk and drivers happily extend the same greeting.

“We can’t believe we finally made it here, and I guess they feel the same way. It’s a reminder to me that we are not the only pilgrims, but that the people of Panama share in the graces and beauty of the pilgrimage as well.”

Advent Reflection from Felician University

Felician University’s Campus Ministry Office and Mission Office are offering Advent Reflections composed by students, faculty, administration, staff, sisters, and alumni.
In today’s Gospel reading, a centurion
approaches Jesus requesting that he heal his
servant. The centurion was an officer of the
imperial army, a man with power and status. He
was begging a favor from a penniless itinerant
teacher, and declaring himself unworthy even to
entertain Jesus in his house. Jesus was
amazed, not merely at the trust of the man, but
at the fact that his love for his servant led him to
cut through all the barriers of rank and race.
Lord, so much of my life is structured by social
conventions and barriers. Give me the grace to
listen to my heart and reach out to those that I
can help.
Not many people could amaze Jesus, but the
centurion does. “I will come and cure him.”
Jesus reveals God’s compassion and shows
that the reign of God knows no boundaries. Not
only Jews, but Gentiles from east and west, are
welcomed by God into the kingdom. I pray to
share God’s breadth of vision.
– Sister Annelle Velivis, CSSF, PhD

163rd Anniversary of our Founding

presentation-of-the-blessed-virgin-mary-new-04Bound 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.”

Blessed Angela Maria TruszkowskaFoundress 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 –


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