Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Taylors, SC

Under the direction of Dr. Gaye Douglas, Assistant Professor of Nursing at Francis Marion University, we were blessed with 13 Senior II nursing students who prepared and served the Blessed Angela Meal at our Center. The students did an excellent job with the preparation of the meal and served with generous and compassionate hearts. Thank you Dr. Gaye and the students. I know they will be nurses with generous hearts and respect for the dignity of each person in their care. God bless you all!
11224766_10206505076172936_394460239433120656_nA very special Thank You to Father Chris Smith, Pastor of Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Taylors, SC and all of the Parishioners for their very generous donations of book bags, knapsacks, socks, T-shirts, school supplies and boys’ and girls’ underwear. What a great way to help us get children ready for the new school year. A very special Thank You to Gary and Brenda Weakley for making the trip from Taylors to Kingstree with all of the goods. They are special folks! We are very grateful for their generosity to us. God bless you all!

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“power to the powerless.”

Be it resolved that we, as persons of faith in relationship with all of Creation, and in a privileged position of faith leadership within our society as members of the Franciscan Federation, are called to personal and communal reflection that leads to action to sustain our one planet Earth, so that all Creation may share in the generous gifts of Earth provided by our Creator and Sustainer God. Climate change, especially those changes caused by human ignorance, indifference and greed, calls us to be prophets of change-to act in prophetic ways to halt human-induced abuse of Earth’s resources that are given to be shared by all.  As followers of St. Francis of Assisi we are called to right relationship with our Sister Mother Earth, our home.

ppSM Francis Lewandowski was among the 27 honorees at the Franciscan Federation Banquet on Sunday evening.  This year’s honorees were sisters who reflect  the beauty and goodness of God through artistic expression–music, poetry, drawing, flower arrangements, etc., and who, with artistic expression, bring “power to the powerless.”

Sister Francis was chosen because, through her ministry, she disseminates pertinent information to community members and uses her gift of artistic expression as she designs program booklets for provincial and congregational chapters and assemblies, prepares and publishes cards, monographs, and books, and creates settings for major functions. She currently is coordinating a ministry of presence project in the city of Detroit. After visiting Felician missions in Kenya, Brazil and Haiti, Sister Francis created a photo display to foster awareness of the people, their living conditions and the challenges poverty poses for them. In Jacmel, Haiti, in 2013 and 2014, Sister Francis conducted week-long art classes for youth. The students self-organized into “The Felician Artists of Haiti” and continue to use what they have learned to produce art pieces, placemats, coasters and trays to sell,and are learning basic business practices they can use for future employment. This endeavor is one way to “bring power to the powerless” and hope for the future!

In the true Felician Franciscan Spirit

We are one in the Body of Christ,

popNine Felician Sisters attended the ordination of Eva Monroe Ruth as minister of the word and sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) on Sunday, August 11.

Eva Ruth serves as a volunteer at the Felician Center, sometimes telling Bible stories, sometimes teaching music and handbells, often serving the Blessed Angela Meal and more.

On August 15, five Felician Sisters–SM Adrian Jumbelic, S Grace Marie Spera,  S Virginia Marie Klonowski from Coraopolis, PA, along with S Jeanette Skornia and  S Kathryn Mary Elliott from Chicago, IL,–joined the Kingstree Felician Sisters in assisting the Williamsburg Presbyterian Church with the Hands of Christ program that provides clothing and school supplies to children in kindergarten to grade 5. All of the sisters participated in the Service of Blessing when their hands were washed by the minister. The sisters helped to register families, fitted clothing, and offered Franciscan joy and presence to the 250 children who were served in two hours.

Afterwards, the 50 volunteers shared a meal.  During the meal, Blessed Mary Angela–in the person of  Sister Kathryn–made an appearance to express her gratitude to the members of the Presbyterian Church for their support and volunteer hours offered to “her daughters” at the Felician Center.  Blessed Angela also affirmed the congregation for their church-sponsored programs of outreach offered in solidarity with the poor.