“The Kingdom of God will be given to a people that will produce its fruit.” Mt. 21:43 — Felician Sisters Haiti

On Thursday, October 5, we began our faith formation classes for our children. Our Catechists prepare with us every week for their lessons, and then they conduct their classes with the children. We begin by listening together to the Good News with a story from the Word of God, and then we share how we […]

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Caterpillar to a Butterfly

The Transformation of the Caterpillar to a Butterfly
The sisters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Care Center in Coraopolis, PA, are rarely without some project or activity that keeps them learning and enjoying something new. Their newest venture was the transformation that takes place in the four-stage development of a butterfly.
Cindy Horvath, enrichment coordinator for the care center, together with SM Clarence Borkoski, spearheaded the butterfly project in order to help in the preservation of the Monarch Butterflies whose population has declined approximately 90% in the last two decades.
The caterpillars were ordered mid-summer and arrived on July 18. They were placed in a large aquarium on milkweed that had been collected on the property by Sister Clarence. Each day, Cindy and Sister Clarence had the task of cleaning the aquarium which had approximately 50 caterpillars. The sisters watched the progress of the four-stage development and Cindy even managed to tape a video of the forming of the chrysalis.
From L: SM Pulcheria Saukatis and SM Clarence Borkoski decorating butterfly cookies

The butterflies developed at their own rate and prior to Monday, September 18, about 20 were released into the courtyard.  When the remaining three butterflies were ready to emerge into adulthood, a “Butterfly Monday” was planned.

In preparation for this event, the sisters of the care center made and decorated butterfly cookies —- more than they could eat — and were all set for the freeing of the Monarchs.
Sisters, staff, and resident priests gathered in the courtyard and the party began with a prayer, entitled Messenger of God. Cindy and Sister Clarence reviewed the four-stage process that had already occurred and then the moment arrived to free the butterflies into the open skies. All delighted at seeing the butterflies spread their wings ad gracefully alight into the sky that would now be their new world!
Smiles wreathed everyone’s faces as they continued their get-together.  According to SM Cabrini Procopio, everyone enjoyed the popcorn, butterfly cookies, and goodies that were readied for the party. Cindy said everyone enjoyed watching the project over the past few months and were glad that they had contributed to preserving the beautiful Monarch Butterflies.

Impact – 25 yrs. later

21557892_10154915797267393_1829189805094558881_n25 years ago you had such an influence on me. From making learning fun to sneaking the entire 2nd grade class into the faculty room to watch football games. Thank you for always eating my cheese-it’s with me at snack time. You’re the reason I’m also an Eagles fan. I’m so grateful for your warmth and compassion. Continue touching lives and inspiring your students. I love you, Sister Teresa!(Soltys), Felician Franciscan Sister.

General Visitation to the Felician Haiti Mission

On Saturday, September 2, SM Danat, Vicar General and S Anna Maria, General Councilor arrived in Jacmel for our first general visitation. They were welcomed by our teens and children at Mass. they right away entered the ministry of presence here in Haiti. Our first visit was to our new construction site. 😊 They right […]

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“Welcome All as Body of Christ”

Archbishop Wester: “Welcome All as Body of Christ”

pictureArchbishop John C. Wester and the people of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe gathered for the 28th Annual Native American Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi on Sunday, August 20.

S Margaret Marie Padilla, CSSF and  S Angela Marie Ybarra, CSSF represented the Felician Sisters at this beautiful Eucharistic celebration.

Archbishop Wester was both presider and homilist. He reminded those in attendance of their responsibility as Catholics today to welcome all as Body of Christ and to be bearers of faith, inclusivity, and peace, especially at this time in our country and world.

Archbishop Wester acknowledged and asked the governors to extend gratitude for the work and presence of the Native American population in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. Six Pueblo Governors and Lieutenant Governors from the various nearby Isleta Pueblo, Jemez Pueblo, Laguna Pueblo, Nambe Pueblo, Pojoaque Pueblo, Zia Pueblo, Taos Pueblo, and families were present. Sister Angela explained that their role is considered both political and sacred for the people.

Taos Pueblo Governor Gilbert Suazo sang and drummed a special meditative blessing in his native language after communion as a song of praise.

Sister Angela said, “We enjoyed joining in this sacred connection in this Eucharistic celebration with our Native American Catholic presence in Santa Fe Archdiocese, New Mexico.”