“This is an event of family,”

oooooMore than 300 people gathered at the Laurel Manor Banquet and Conference Center in Livonia, MI, on Wednesday evening, May 20, to bid a fond farewell to  S Rose Marie Kujawa.

After serving 14 years as President of Madonna University, Sister Rose Marie will retire at the end of June 2015.

The reception offered University administrators and staff, Board members, Felician Sisters, and friends the opportunity to share memories and rejoice in the many blessings and accomplishments that have been a part of Sister Rose Marie’s legacy.

Following the opening prayer, Andrea Nodge, vice president, University Advancement, welcomed the crowd to “an entertaining program about one of our favorite people.”

In her remarks describing Sister Rose Marie’s legacy of achievement, SM Christopher Moore, provincial minister, said, “Sister Rose Marie’s ministry here at Madonna is a beautiful incarnation of the spirit of our beloved foundress, Blessed Mary Angela, whose boundless love of God and surrender to God’s will in compassionate service and total availability is what each Felician Sister strives to imitate.

The Honorable Michael Talbot, Chair, Board of Trustees, said he came to know Sister Rose Marie as the principal and chief cheerleader of Madonna University. He noted the challenges facing higher education across the country and said, “Sister Rose Marie has been living her prayer life and it’s been a lesson for me.” He announced that a rose garden outside the Franciscan Center–The Sister Rose Marie Kujawa Rose Garden–would be dedicated in her honor.

In a video entitled “Remember and Rejoice,” individuals and groups from various segments of the University community expressed their appreciation to Sister Rose Marie and also took advantage of the opportunity to say goodbye.

Jack Kirksey, mayor of the city of Livonia, was last but certainly not least among the individuals expressing gratitude, not only for Sister Rose Marie’s accomplishments at Madonna, but also for her innovative community outreach programs, building partnerships and alliances.
Just before the conclusion of the program, when Sister Rose Marie took the podium, she said “These accomplishments are not mine alone. Rather, it is about all of us working together.” She continued, “This is an event of family,” and then credited her birth family, Felician family, Madonna University family, and Livonia family for the blessings of the past 14 years.


Not all work and no play in NM


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.

Distribution of food and a touch of love … the Felician Way!

vvv Under the direction of SM Eliana Remiszewska and two other adult Teen Leaders from St. Turibius Parish in Chicago, IL, members of the St. Turibius Teen group worked after school to assist the St. Vincent De Paul Society.

The teens prepared packages of Easter goodies for the children, helped carry hams and food packages, and assisted in setting up Felician Hall in preparation for the food distribution to the needy.

The teens were also on hand to help families carry food and kept the children busy with art projects as they waited their turn to receive treats from the Easter Bunny.

Before the food distribution began, the teens joined hands in a circle with members of the St. Vincent De Paul Society to pray for God’s blessings upon all those who are in need and for all those who assist them.

nnnnnSM Francine Lagocki, SM Eunice Olbrantz, SM Barbara Ann Bosch, S Mary Beth Bromer, SM Eliana Remiszewska, members of the St. Turibius Parish’s (Chicago, IL) St. Vincent De Paul Society, gathered with other Vincentians in the parish’s Felician Hall to distribute food to needy parishioners on Tuesday, April 15.

In addition to distributing food baskets, hams, and gift certificates to the adults, the Easter Bunny provided treats for the children who came with their parents. Each child received Easter goodies and a book, and had their picture taken with the Easter Bunny.

Food Pantry in NY

Sister Mary Josette – Dancing in Heaven Buffalo, NY


Sister Josette

eeee rrrrr qqqSunshine, warm temperatures, smiling faces, generous hearts, and willing hands fashioned a blessed Day of Service, an overwhelming demonstration of community spirit and solidarity with the poor at the Sister Mary Josette Food Pantry in Buffalo, NY, on Saturday, April 12.

No doubt Mother Angela’s holy desire, “I wish I could multiply myself a thousand times and travel to all parts of the world bringing God’s love and mercy to all people,” found deep expression in the loving service offered by all involved.

According to SM Michaelanne Galas, Pantry supervisor, donations were quickly and efficiently sorted, packaged, and shelved by SM Francianne Zielezinski and volunteers from St. John Vianney School in Orchard Park, NY, and S Marilyn Ann Dudek and volunteers from Annunciation School in Elma, NY. Walk-in volunteers from the Western New York area joined in the preparation of packages that will be distributed throughout Holy Week to those in need.

S Paul Marie Baczkowski, S Sharon Marie Dombrowski and SM Fredrica Polanski, members of the 140th Anniversary Committee, along with many sisters from the central and local convents, were on hand to assist with shelving, gift intake, greeting donors as they arrived, and providing a tour of the Pantry. S Marcella Marie Garus, president of Villa Maria College, and SM Louis Rustowicz, director of mission, were among the many volunteers.  Grandmothers brought their grandchildren, and mothers, along with their children, spent the morning so the young could learn and experience the joy of giving.
Sisters from Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent and St. Francis Residence as well as each of the local convents–strong and loyal supporters of the mission of the Sister Mary Josette Food Pantry–had the opportunity to offer yet more of their time and treasure. The spirit of the holy Lenten season provided the sisters an occasion for almsgiving. Sacrifices made during Lent from the sisters, Personal Touch Food Service staff, nurses, aides and central convent employees enabled Sister Michaelanne to purchase a much-needed freezer.

Kyle Tobin, an Eagle Scout candidate from Troop 659 at Queen of Martyrs Parish in Cheektowaga, NY, assistant scoutmaster and Villa College student Marc Muroff, along with Troop members, cleaned and painted the storage area and built wooden pallets for additional food storage in preparation for the Day of Service.

The College Community sponsored a mini grab bag raffle for the clients and collected needed food items during the week preceding the April 12 event. The Felician Sisters, Felician Associates, College community, non-profit organizations, numerous private donors, anonymous donors, volunteers–especially SM Georgette Zielinski and Claire Keuhmeier–pantry attendant Barbara Wetzel, and Joan Mullin, campus minister, are the living stones that continue to build up the Body of Christ wounded by material poverty.

Clients and donors who came to the Sister Mary Josette Food Pantry learned about the 140th Anniversary of the Felician Sisters of North America and received a holy card prepared by SM Francis Lewandowski as a reminder that “we are both giver and receiver.” Sisters who minister in schools and parishes also received the holy cards so that they could speak to the 140th Anniversary of the Felician Sisters and pray with students and staff.

In reflecting on the Day of Service, Sister Michaelanne remarked, “The earth is certainly full of the goodness of the Lord. So many have shared their goodness with us and we accept gratefully — in giving and receiving we are all blessed. Sharing in the heartfelt desire of Mother Angela to serve the poor, Sister Mary Josette Smigielski and all who support the Sister Mary Josette Food Pantry in any way have and continue to nurture a culture of hope and Abundant Life by taking practical steps to alleviate poverty. Deo gratias!”

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

“Angel Haven Appalachian Christmas Project.”

About 25 volunteers, along with S Jane Marie Lebiedzinski and SM Theresann Zywicki, spent Friday and Saturday, November 29-30, packing and wrapping shoe boxes for the “Angel Haven Appalachian Christmas Project.”

According to Sister Jane, the group reached its goal of 700 boxes! The boxes were packed into two trailers that will leave Holly, MI, for Appalachia this Friday, December 6.

Thank You  to the sisters who crocheted more than 100 neck scarves–namely, Sister Theresann, SM Frederick Bieszke, SM Emelita Makowski, SM Damascene Brocki, and SM Michael Malek who is 102 years old! 

She is also deeply grateful to SM Thomasine Satkowiak and Sister Emelita, who wrapped the boxes this summer in preparation for packing, and S Marie Josephine Lechowicz whose parishioners of St. Thecla’s Parish in Clinton Township, MI, collected more than 200 boxes!



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.