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.

Discovery! Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent

4rttThomas Merton once said, “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”

A special afternoon of discovery at Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent in Buffalo, NY, blessed approximately 35 members of St. Jude the Apostle Senior Club from North Tonawanda, NY, on Tuesday, June 25.

SM Amelia Pieczynski greeted the group at the entrance to the convent and led them to the main chapel, where she spoke about the exquisite stained glass windows in the chapel, crafted by Tyrol Company in Innsbruck, Austria. Sister Amelia shared her expertise not only on the iconography of the windows, but on Gothic revival architecture as well.

The group then visited the Felician Sisters Art Studio where they heard a presentation on the process of making stained glass windows by SM Ann Therese Kelly, who recently designed a large window for Villa Maria College in Buffalo and the chapel windows for Our Lady of Hope Provincial House Chapel. Many of the visitors were pleased to reconnect with Sister Ann Therese and learn of her work since she grew up in North Tonawanda and was a member of the former St. Albert the Great Parish. St. Albert’s became St. Jude the Apostle when the parish merged with the former Ascension Parish during the Journey of Faith and Grace in 2008. Participants enjoyed coffee and doughnuts in Alumnae Hall and completed their afternoon with a brief explanation of the Felician Heritage by SM Joanne Suranni.

According to Sister Joanne, the guests were impressed with the beauty and grace of Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent, as well as the giftedness of the sisters.  

At the conclusion of the day, seminarian Michael Brown, who is doing his pastoral year at St. Jude the Apostle Parish, visited with two of his former teachers, S Emily Marie Jurecki and SM Patricia Tomasik. He said he felt a special blessing in visiting with the sisters who gave him the firm foundation in faith that he has had throughout his life.

Sister Joanne said the tour provided the guests with “a glimpse of Felician life and spirituality through the lens of our artists and historians.”

Sister Joanne and the group are extremely grateful to SM Kevin Szeluga, local minister of the central convent, and SM Vivian Maczonis, local minister of St. Aloysius Convent, for providing the hospitality and refreshments. They also expressed appreciation to Sister Amelia and Sister Ann Therese for sharing their knowledge and gift of time.


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

Maame Agyemang, a student in SM Barbara Ann Kemmerer’s class at Immaculate Conception School in Elkton, MD, was received into the Catholic Church on Friday, May 17.

Maame received the sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist for the first time with the entire student body present.  She is originally from the country of Ghana and Sister Barbara Ann has been her teacher for the past two years.

Sister Barbara sponsored Maame as her godmother. Her father is in Kenya on business but her mother was present and her brother will be attending ICS next year.

Sister Barbara Ann said, “Who knows? This could be a vocation in the making. Maame has been an example to all, exemplifying what a good Christian should be.”