We are a joy-filled, apostolic congregation of women religious, the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Felix of Cantalice, known as the Felician Sisters—a Franciscan community inspired by the spiritual ideals of our Foundress Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska and that of Saint Francis of Assisi. Consecrated to God through the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, we live in community, dedicating our lives to God and the Church—always striving to live and share the Gospel message through lives of prayer and service as we cooperate with Christ in the spiritual renewal of the world.
It has been said time and again that to meet a Felician Sister is to be struck by an unmistakable, palpable sense of joy. As Felician Sisters, we aspire to embrace all whom we meet and all whom we serve with the same joy and with the love that Christ has for each of us. We embrace with joy all that we are as Felician Sisters, remembering our Foundress Blessed Mary Angela’s words, “Jesus wants us to serve Him with a joyful heart.”
Consecrated Women Religious
We aspire to embrace all whom we meet and all whom we serve with the same joy and with the love that Christ has for each of us."
We are a joy-filled community of nearly 700 women in North America consecrated to God through the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. Devoted to the Blessed Mother and centered in the Eucharist, we live lives dedicated to God and the Church, living and praying in community across North America.
Living in an Active-Contemplative Community
As an active-contemplative community, our prayer life nurtures, energizes, and guides us in our life of service to God and neighbor, actively serving the needs of all God’s people in an array of diverse and far-reaching ministries throughout the continent.
We follow the Rule of the Brothers and Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis, part of the worldwide Franciscan family. Ours is a vibrant community of Franciscan women who, in following the Franciscan rule, live lives of simplicity, humility, and service.
In The Spirit’s Creative Presence written by and for our Congregation, it is written, “The Felician call is a call to walk in the Franciscan tradition so loved by Angela; to live the Gospel in justice and truth, to radiate joy as we live in poverty and simplicity, to become transformed into Christ through contemplation and personal conversion, to persevere in presence as we journey in faith and to share our gifts with each other in community with our brothers and sisters.”
Continuing the Felician Legacy in North America
We are a community of women who share a storied 159-year legacy—a legacy shared with the thousands of Felician Sisters who have come before us—of compassionately serving wherever there is a need.
Ours is a community founded in Poland by Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska, whose trailblazing journey first began more than a century and a half ago, and whose journey continues through us today in the twenty-first century in our North American province, Our Lady of Hope.
We continue to be a vital presence in North America, where we have served for 140 years.
In Service to All God’s People
Today you will find us all across North America serving the impoverished; marginalized; the imprisoned; the sick, elderly, and the infirm; those with profound disabilities and those with developmental and physical disabilities; young adults and youth ranging from pre-school through college; parishioners in our pastoral ministries and the Church itself in a variety of diocesan ministries. Our ministries are as diverse as the people of God themselves—our outreach as varied as the needs of our time. We serve as our Foundress had served before us—always open, responsive, and totally available to those in need, wherever they may be throughout this continent.
In addition to our North American province, Our Lady of Hope, Felician provinces in Europe and South America, together with Felician ministries across four continents, comprise this international community of 1,500 vowed women religious. To learn more about our Sisters worldwide, please visit www.feliciansisters.org.
We invite you to visit the many areas of this site where you can learn more about us, our history, who we serve, the many women who today are answering the call to live lives as Felician Franciscan Sisters, as well as the many ways you can partner with us.