The Generosity of the Young …

According to SM Victoria Richardson, this was the experience of students at St. Joseph Academy in Milwaukee, WI, while doing service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

According to Sister Victoria, students collected loose change and “green backs” to help support a family through Heifer International, a sustainable group that helps to eliminate poverty by providing a means for a family to have food and earn income. The organization also trains the family in environmentally sound sustainable farming. SJA students worked toward the Honeybee gift donation. This includes honeybees, hive, box and training in beekeeping techniques.

The students’ gift could help a family from 18 different countries including Mexico and Ghana by boosting income through the sale of honey, wax and pollen. It will stimulate growth of the family’s crops through pollination and also help with their neighbor’s crops, thus having larger yields for fruits and vegetables.

Sister Victoria explained that, in giving the gift of honeybees, SJA students demonstrated the Felician Core Values of respect for human dignity by helping a family to support themselves; compassion with children helping children; transformation by improving the family’s food situation by providing them with a sustainable means of support; solidarity with the poor by providing an ongoing gift that will help them fight poverty; and by modeling justice and peace with children helping children in need worldwide.

SJA students raised $400 which will be able to help 13 different families with 13 honeybee packages. Sister Victoria  said, “This gift is the gift that will keep on giving.”


Our international ministries

The Felician Sisters, being an international congregation, minister to people all over the world in many and varied ways.  A current update to our Ministry page gives a link to our sisters in our provinces in Poland.  The featured ministry for the month of January is our sisters in Kenya, a ministry of our Warsaw province.

International Ministries

“…whoever believes in the Son of God has this testimony within herself”

A reblog from our sisters in Haiti

Felician Sisters Haiti

Every morning, sitting with the Word of God, I try to see my life in Jacmel, Haiti, in the light of the Word of the day. Today there are two lines in the first reading that grab my attention: …”whoever believes in the Son of God has this testimony within him self,” and “…who possesses the Son has eternal life.”

Our life here is very different from the lives we each led before Jacmel. It is totally directed toward others. We are not doing great deeds but small ones, such as giving a cup of water to someone who is thirsty. Our normal day will be spent on preparing for morning English class and conducting the class; buying food for Kizin Manman Angela; searching for a room to rent for two siblings whose parents died during the earthquake and who still do not have a place to sleep; finding help…

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“If you want, wish, you can make me clean.”

Reblog from our sisters in Haiti

Felician Sisters Haiti

Every morning, sitting with the Word of God, I try to see my life in Jacmel in the light of the Word of the day. Today I ask myself: Do I believe Jesus is the Son of God, my Savior and my Lord? The Spirit of the Lord testifies this to me–Jesus came in the flesh, human and divine, for me. Do I believe this? Do I accept this truth? The truth is “God gave us eternal life, and this life is in His Son…” Believe! Give testimony and testify to this personal love you know and experience.

“If you want, wish, you can make me clean.” Are the poor here my untouchables, the situations that come my way? Jesus, you have the power to make all things new – I know and see all the situations here that are concerns for me, those situations that need your healing and…

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Making a Difference

Sister Makes a Difference in Livonia (more)

Sister Mary Giovanni was part of the conference that brought England’s Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of thekflfklglkg modern day hospice movement, to the United States in 1974. Following that inspirational meeting, Sister Giovanni spent 11 years researching pain control, alternative comfort measures, and the daily needs of dying patients and their families. Sister Giovanni founded Angela Hospice in 1985, and in 1994 opened the Angela Hospice Care Center as the first freestanding facility of its kind in Michigan.

Currently, Sister Giovanni oversees over 200 employees and