Montessori School

As part of the remembrance of the 140th anniversary of the presence of the Felician Sisters in North America, the children in Ms. Campiformio’s/S Carol Marie Saladin’s class at the Enfield (CT) Montessori School were able to view pictures of Polonia, WI.

According to Sister Carol, the children had many questions and were excited to see the place where the first sisters came to North America.

Also, during the week, the children collected shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child and delivered 217 pounds of non-perishable food items and 13 turkeys to the Enfield Food Shelf for people from the area to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal

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A Special Guest Speaker

Rabbi Rochmiel Tobesman visited the middle school classes at Immaculate Conception School in Elkton, MD, on Wednesday, October 29.

According to SM Barbara Ann Kemmerer, he spoke to them about the “Jewish Jesus” and held the students’ attention for almost two hours.

Sister Barbara explained that the Rabbi is an Orthodox Jew and a great storyteller.

“The students were able to interact with him and he radiated a lot of pride about being Jewish and in knowing Jesus was a Jew.” Despite that, Sister Barbara said he told the students that the Jewish religion does not acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah.

Sister Barbara said she is looking forward to Rabbi Tobesman’s return visit to the school in April when he will celebrate a real Seder with the middle school students.

Sorry to see you go …

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They did not have to go to the highways and byways to fill the banquet hall (Wellspring)…

They came: sisters, housekeepers, and maintenance staffs from Mother

of Good Counsel Convent in Chicago, IL; sisters, nurses, CNAs, and housekeepers from Our Lady of the Angels Convent; the friars, Felician Services staff, and kitchen staff.

For what, you ask? A celebration organized by the sisters of the Core Group to help usher Peter Knippel, facility manager for the past 13 years, into his retirement.

SM Carlotta Myszka, GMC local minister, and SM Ursula Myszka, OLA local minister, Father Larry Janowski, OFM, chaplain, and employees acknowledged his accomplishments. A wonderful luncheon, organized by S Connie Marie Lewandowski and prepared by the kitchen staff, followed.

The conclusion of the event was a slide presentation prepared and presented by SM Samuel Holowacz.

Peter began his closing remarks by saying, “I have some astonishing news to share with you. After getting the results of a recent DNA test I was diagnosed with having ‘Felician blood.’ He then traced his “Felician blood” line back to his grandfather who was responsible for getting the Felician Sisters to come and teach at the rural school in Bevent, WI, in 1933. He also attributed these roots to his Felician aunt and four Felician cousins. He expressed his gratitude to the sisters and employees for their support and encouragement over the years.

Peter expressed gratitude to SM Barbara Ann Bosch who, with her council, hired him in 2001. “She had no idea what I could do, nor did I. She trusted and believed in me, and that has been my motivation and compulsion,” said Peter.

He shared that when he completes employee evaluations, he encourages employees to leave their “signature” on whatever they do. “I feel good about my signature at 3800 W. Peterson – on the grounds, the buildings, the equipment, the employees and my relationship and family connection with all the sisters,” said Peter.

He concluded his remarks by paraphrasing the Canticle of Simeon: “Now O Lord, you let your servant go in peace. My eyes have seen your wondrous transformation – a light for all to see and enjoy. Amen.”

 

October filled with activity and fun …

The month of October was filled with lots of activity at the Montessori Center of Our Lady in Livonia, MI. According to SM Juanita Szymanski, on Halloween, the staff and the children had a fun time singing Halloween songs at Angela Hospice, Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Convent, and St. Joseph Care Center.

Montessori families joined in the Family Fun event on Saturday, October 18, by generously donating apples to benefit Forgotten Harvest Mission to relieve hunger in metro Detroit and prevent nutritious food waste.

Beni Angela limye ou nou vle ye…Blessed Angela your light we want to be…

Felician Sisters Haiti

Today we celebrated Blessed Mary Angela with our kids and their parents. It was truly a celebration with the poor. Everyone came dressed very nicely, and we could not recognize them. We were in shock knowing the conditions in which they live.

The altar was prepared by some of our teens who picked beautiful flowers. The chairs and other liturgical item were set up by many helping hands.

The liturgical dance was beautiful, and Fr. Elicien’s homily amazed us as he shared the charism of Mother Angela and her love for the poor as she served all who were in need. He found her life and charism on the internet in French!

Before the Mass began, Sr. Marilyn spoke about the Congregation and our spirit, after which Sr. Inga shared the life of Blessed Mary Angela. We did a reading and intercessions. All was done in Creole. The children sang…

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Not all work and no play in NM

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It’s round up time at the Ol’ St. Felix Pantry Corral in Rio Rancho, NM.

“Yes, that includes the cheese head,” said Jack Bunting, president and CEO of the Pantry.

“The cheese head is our very own Sister Paula Mary Palasz, assistant director of operations for the Pantry,” said Manuel Casias, vice president of development.

The rest, well they are just a bunch of rowdy good ol’ cowfolk volunteers.

Manuel continued, “Halloween is one of the best days at the Pantry especially as the kids light up when they see the costumes.” Last week, the Pantry was able to give away close to 300 pumpkins. Many are probably carved just in time for Halloween.

So “Giddy Up,” and Happy Halloween to all our friends, brothers and sisters of the Felician-sponsored ministries.

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday, Felician Sisters

In this YouTube video, the grade five students at Holy Name of Mary College School in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, along with their teacher Kathryn Anderson, sing “Happy Birthday” to the Felician Sisters on the occasion of their 140th anniversary. SM  Michelle Godin is blowing out the candles.

To hear the musical greeting, click here.