Category Archives: HUMAN DIGNITY

Felician Sisters’ Legacy

St. Joseph Academy Honors Sister Brendan and Felician Sisters’ Legacy
Father Luis Pacheco-Sanchez 
blesses the chapel

St. Joseph Academy in Milwaukee, WI, honored SM Brendan Bogdan, mission leader, on Friday, January 25, her 73rd birthday, together with the Felician Sisters who served and continue to serve at the school and early child care center, the second oldest corporately sponsored ministry of the Felician Sisters in North America.

Father Luis Pacheco-Sanchez, honorary chaplain of SJA, led the prayer service that included a blessing, anointing, and dedication of the newly-refurbished chapel. Approximately 50 participants, including Christina and Steve Jakupi, Sister Brendan’s sister and brother-in-law, braved frigid, below zero temperatures, to travel from Chicago, IL, to Milwaukee to participate in the evening service.
The sign outside the chapel reads:
We dedicate this chapel in grateful recognition of our friend
for the significant impact she has had on all of us at St. Joseph Academy.
We are forever grateful for your wisdom and guidance.
Your gentle way and leadership have left a powerful impression on
St. Joseph Academy.
Time will never erase the work you have accomplished here
and the lives you have positively affected.
January 25, 2019
SM Brendan Bogdan cuts the ribbon 
assisted by Dr. Tabia Jones
President Terry Schweizer offers congratulatory remarks
President/CEO Dr. Tabia Jones offered a welcome to the guests, Felician Services President Terry Schweizer and Dr. Thomas Kiely, SJA School Board Chairperson, offered congratulations to Sister Brendan.
Principal Scott Hanson, Karrie Krueger, a director of the Early Child Care program, and Kim Schubring, resource development director, had roles in the prayer service, dedication and blessing developed by S Michelle Marie Konieczny, director of Faith Formation.
Sisters present included, from L: SM Brendan Bogdan, 
SM Clarette Stryzewski, SM Susan Holbach, SM Beatrice Knipple, SM Rosalie Disterhaft, and S Paula Mary Palasz
Dr. Tabia Jones offers congratulations
Two years ago, Sister Michelle conceived the idea of transforming the former meditation room and sacristy into  a chapel where the Blessed Sacrament could be reserved, individual classes could share in Masses with Father Luis, and children and staff could visit and pray.  She enlisted the guidance and assistance of Dr. Tabia Jones and Dr. Thomas Kiely and led a planning committee to keep the renewal “under wraps and a secret” until all was prepared.
Felician Sisters S Barbara Marie Brylka, SM Beatrice Knipple, SM Clarette Stryzewski, S Paula Mary Palasz,
SM Ramona Dombrowski, SM Rosalie Disterhaft and SM Susan Holbach were present with, of course, Sister Brendan and Sister Michelle.
Following the service, guests enjoyed cake and punch.
The St. Joseph Chapel
The altar

Angela Spirituality Center

After months of waiting, the newly-built $10 million year-round homeless shelter in Pomona, CA, opened its doors to those who need a place to stay.
Sisters and volunteers from Angela Spirituality Center were on hand to welcome the first “pioneers” to the 16,000 square foot facility that is able to house more than 200 people.
Just the day before, residents in the old facility were told that they would have to walk about a mile to the new shelter. But with the dawn came buckets of rain. So vans were called in to transport the group.
S Maria Louise Edwards said, “Our volunteers were ready with sack lunches, warm clothing, and words of encouragement.” City of Pomona Mayor Tim Sandoval greeted everyone and personally thanked the Angela Spirituality Center for making a difference these past 10 years.
 To read the entire article in the Inland Valley Daily
Bulletin, click here.
Dr. Andrea White (at center) with SM Therese Ann Parobek at right

The opening of the Pomona shelter coincided with the visitation by

Dr. Andrea White, president of Felician Services, Inc. She jumped right in and was even remembered by those she had met earlier in the week. Sister Maria Louise said, “We joked because someone even asked if she were our new novice.”
Speaking for the Spirituality Center, Sister Maria Louise added, “As she prepares to retire, Angela Spirituality Center would like to thank her for her many years of dedicated leadership, support, and guidance.  It was a joy to spend these days with her, and to be blessed by the light that so easily radiates from her presence.  The spirit of Blessed Mary Angela is touching many hearts and lives because of her dedication. Thank you, Dr. White, for the legacy you are imparting to our Felician Congregation, and for all the ways you have shaped our ministries for years to come.”
From L: SM Therese Ann Parobek, Mayor Tim Sandoval,
and S Maria Louise Edwards
SM Therese Parobek assists Avery Boyd, 25, who huddles herself with a blanket at the newly-opened Hope for Home, 
a year-round homeless services center in Pomona, CA

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

Saint Albert the Great

Saint Albert the Great

Saint of the Day for November 15

(1206 – November 15, 1280)


Saint Albert the Great’s Story

Albert the Great was a 13th-century German Dominican who decisively influenced the Church’s stance toward Aristotelian philosophy brought to Europe by the spread of Islam.

Students of philosophy know him as the master of Thomas Aquinas. Albert’s attempt to understand Aristotle’s writings established the climate in which Thomas Aquinas developed his synthesis of Greek wisdom and Christian theology. But Albert deserves recognition on his own merits as a curious, honest, and diligent scholar.

He was the eldest son of a powerful and wealthy German lord of military rank. He was educated in the liberal arts. Despite fierce family opposition, he entered t…Read More