St. Francis Fund Awards

Fourteen Felician Sponsored Ministries Receive St. Francis Fund Awards

The Felician Services Board accepted the recommendations of the St. Francis Fund Committee and awarded $352,258 in grants to 14 projects in December 2015.

SM Barbara Ann Bosch, CEO, said, “This is the fourth round of grants awarded through the St. Francis Fund since its inception in 2012. Grant applicants were challenged to bring forward projects and programs that promote and advance Felician mission and core values through collaborative, community-based efforts with particular emphasis on serving our most vulnerable brothers and sisters.”

The grant submission deadline for this cycle was October 30, 2015. The Grant Committee members reviewed proposals against the published criteria during November and December. The Committee finalized its recommendations for the December Board Meeting.

“Our hope is that the St. Francis application process helps our ministries prepare grant requests that meet the standards of most foundations. We remain committed to helping them achieve that level of professional proposal preparation,” commented Mariita Conley, Felician Services Board Member and Chair of the St. Francis Fund Committee of the Felician Services Board.

Of the 21 grant applications submitted, 14 applicants will receive either a full or partial award.

The ministries whose programs and projects were selected include:

  • Enfield Montessori School, Enfield CT – New Toddler Program
  • Felician University, Lodi, NJ – Gerontology Institute Survey
  • Felician University, Lodi, NJ – MA in Counseling Psychology
  • Villa Maria College, Buffalo, NY – Student Centered Instruction
  • St. Felix Centre, Toronto, Ontario – Trash to Treasures
  • Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School, Coraopolis, PA – Nutrition of Students with Limited Means
  • Madonna University, Livonia, MI – Bridging Lost Gaps
  • Madonna University, Livonia, MI – Center for Catholic Studies and Interfaith Dialogue
  • St. Ignatius Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Philadelphia, PA – Nursing Instruction and Critical Skills Lab
  • Felician University, Lodi, NJ – Online Institute for Religious Studies and Education Ministry
  • Madonna University, Livonia, MI – Center for Humane Studies
  • St. Joseph Academy, Milwaukee, WI – Well Now
  • St. Mary’s Home, Manitowoc, WI – Dementia Center of Excellence
  • United Stand, Chicago, IL – Reading and Language are Possible

The FSI Board of Directors was pleased to learn of the many programs and projects suggested and the innovative approaches that the sponsored ministries designed to reflect the mission and charism of the Felician Sisters.

“The St. Francis Fund provides our ministries with an opportunity to expand services in their communities based upon needs identified in their strategic plans,” said Jack Cashman, Felician Services Board Member and St. Francis Fund Committee Member. “Hopefully, these grants are the catalyst or seeds for increasing their capacity to fulfill their missions.”

Award recipients will provide mid- and end-of-year accountability reports to the St. Francis Fund Committee as a vehicle to track the progress of the respective program implementations. The next funding cycle begins with application submissions between August and October 2016.

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Blessed Mary Angela Parish Celebrates Patronal Birthday

ttyttThe Felician Sisters of Blessed Mary Angela Parish in Dunkirk, NY, along with several parishioners, celebrated Blessed Mary Angela’s birthday a day later–on Saturday, May 17–by serving lunch at the local food pantry, “Friendly Kitchen.”

SM Andrew Wiercinski and SM Rachel Mikolajczak brought homemade cupcakes donated by parishioners and friends, along with ice cream cups and groceries from the sisters and parishioners and distributed them during lunch on Saturday.

Sister Rachel said the sisters also distributed Blessed Mary Angela prayer cards along with a greeting card from the sisters!

Pomona Catholic Marks 115 Years

Written by Brenda Rees Friday, 13 September 2013

Hot temperatures didn’t stop students at Pomona Catholic High School and Middle School from heralding the beginning of the school year with their traditional half-mile walk to St. Joseph Church for an all-school Eucharistic celebration.

This marks the 115th anniversary year for Pomona Catholic which has served families in the Inland Empire since 1898 when it was created at the invitation of St. Joseph Church. The original campus was destroyed in a 1927 fire; it was immediately rebuilt in 1928 and still stands today.

gggggIn addition to kicking off the commemorative school year, the celebration also welcomed one of the newest teachers to the staff, Felician Sister Desiré Anne-Marie Findlay, who renewed the vows she had recently professed for the first time in the presence of the school body. In a calm, strong voice, the New Mexico native pledged to “choose Jesus for my spouse and Lord, the Blessed Virgin Mary for my mother and lady, the seraphic St. Francis for my model of evangelical life and this congregation for my family.” “We are very blessed to have Sister Desire here with us,” agreed Kathleen Li, campus minister. The Felician Sisters have taught at Pomona Catholic since 1946; the Holy Name of Mary Sisters also were a part of the staff for an earlier period.  The presence of Sister Desire – who joins Felician Sister Feliz Gil-Jimenez, who has taught at the school since 1977 – allows the high school girls to better understand the call to religious vocations, said Li.  “They have a lot of questions for her like, ‘How did you know you were called?'” said Li. “Her presence and her youth makes the idea of a vocation more real to the students here. They can see her living her vocation.

News from Yellowknife

leeSister Lee sends greetings from her new ministry in  Yellowknife.

“This is a new world and much to get used to. I just got a computer for my office at work and it’s Windows 7 — many new things to get used to. Yesterday all was fine, but today I didn’t know how to turn it off!!!

I have to humble myself and ask soooo many questions. I was given a car that runs and gets me to work in about 15 minutes. Very little traffic, but the roads are uneven — hard to explain.

“My log cabin is a bit larger than my accommodations in Nicktown, but very comfortable”

We will he hearing from her with more news and adventures as she continues to get situated and wait for the new bishop to be announced.

Sister Mary Lee Przybylski

St. Felix Food Pantry in NM

Be it further resolved that February 21, 2013 be proclaimed St. Felix Pantry Day in the Senate

Picture133Unlike any other day, Thursday, February 21, was a very special day for St. Felix Pantry, a Felician-sponsored ministry in Rio Rancho, NM.

On that day, the New Mexico State Legislature recognized the Pantry for the contributions it makes to people in need by providing food, clothing, household items and referral services free of charge to many New Mexicans.

“This day was truly amazing for the Felician Sisters in Rio Rancho, the Pantry, its staff and all of the volunteers who give so much of their time to help ensure that New Mexico’s poor are cared for,” said Manuel Casias, vice president of development for St. Felix Pantry.

This incredible Senate Memorial proclaimed February 21, 2013, to be “St. Felix Pantry Day.” Introduced by Sen. Jacob Candelaria (D), representing New Mexico’s 26th District, the final Senate vote on the Memorial was 43-0. Candelaria is a proud graduate of St. Pius X High School in Albuquerque where S Rena Marie Romero currently ministers as a teacher of theology.

Donna Glover, a Pantry Board member said, “This honor and blessing will be something St. Felix Pantry will always be proud of.”

The Pantry will celebrate 20 years of service on Saturday, April 27.