Felician Sisters are educating and serving youth from preschools to college campuses across North America. Within our Felician-sponsored schools and colleges, students are taught in the Felician Franciscan tradition where they are provided distinctive opportunities for academic, personal, and spiritual growth in settings that foster compassion, justice, peace, respect for the dignity of all persons, and a reverence for all creation.
In scores of additional schools—from elementary schools, high schools, colleges and universities not directly sponsored by the Felician Sisters—our Sisters are also a vital and caring presence, helping each and every child they teach grow and excel academically, grow and develop spiritually, as well as develop an appreciation for and commitment to service.
For more than a century—since the first Felician Sisters arrived in North America in 1874—we have been preparing students to live lives of Christian leadership, stewardship, and service to God’s people.
Early Childhood Education
Felician-sponsored early childhood education centers encourage each child from a very early age to strive to reach his or her fullest physical, spiritual, and intellectual potential. Within these nurturing and compassionate environments, each and every child is respected and celebrated as a child of God.
- Montessori Center of Our Lady – Livonia, Michigan – www.montessoricenterofourlady.org
- St. Mary Child Care Center – Livonia, Michigan – www.stmarychildcarecenter.org
- Enfield Montessori School – Enfield, CT – www.enfieldmontessorischool.org
- St. Joseph Academy – Milwaukee, Wisconsin – www.cdcsj.org
- Sister Celeste Child Development Centre – Tulita, Northwest Territories, Canada – pioneered nearly 30 years ago by Felician Sister Mary Celeste Goulet, who continues to direct this thriving program situated in one of the northernmost areas of Canada, approximately 200 kilometers south of the Arctic Circle.
Mooncrest Neighborhood Programs – Coraopolis, PA
This Felician-sponsored ministry provides individualized homework support to underprivileged children in grades one through six. Approximately 35 children come to this safe, nurturing environment each day after school for caring, one-on-one homework assistance, as well as music and art enrichment programs.
United Stand Family Center – Chicago, IL
Founded and directed by a Felician Sister, United Stand Family Center is a Catholic not-for-profit agency which serves children, adolescents, and families of Chicago’s inner-city Catholic schools and surrounding communities where there are limited or minimal resources to foster the healthy development of youth. United Stand helps students reach their potential intellectually, socially, and emotionally; supports parents and families in their ongoing struggle to develop their children; assists principals and school staffs in identifying and assessing students at risk for problems; offers prevention programs that build resiliency skills; and acts as an advocate for children and adolescents who have been victimized by loss, trauma, and violence.
We teach in scores of Catholic elementary schools, helping to develop each child’s spiritual, intellectual, personal and social dimension within the context of their first academic experiences. Throughout North America, you will find us in elementary school classrooms, introducing children to Gospel values, and helping prepare students to live lives of compassion, integrity, and service.
We lead and teach in our college preparatory high schools—schools that encourage academic excellence within nurturing and compassionate Christian communities, imbued with Franciscan spirit and rooted in the Gospel message.
- Immaculate Conception High School – Lodi, New Jersey – www.ichslodi.org
- Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School – Coraopolis, Pennsylvania – www.olsh.org
- Holy Name of Mary College School – Mississauga, Ontario, Canada – www.holynameofmarycollegeschool.com
We are also a vital presence, teaching in and administering a number of secondary schools, such as Saint Anthony High School in Jersey City, NJ and Pomona Catholic in Pomona, CA.
Seeds of Hope: Felician Youth Leadership Experience
For the past 5 years, the Felician Sisters have sponsored Seeds of Hope, a youth leadership experience offered to female students entering their sophomore and junior years in any Felician-sponsored high school or a high school with a Felician presence. The week-long experience is held during the summer at the Maryville Retreat Center in Holly, Michigan. To learn more about this program, please refer to the Seeds of Hope Brochure or contact Caroline Stanfill at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications for the 2019 Seeds of Hope program, to be held June 16-22, 2019, will be accepted through February 15, 2019.
Additional ministries to high school students include Jericho House, an ecumenical, interfaith center co-directed by Felician Sister Mary Jacqueline Keefe, offering programs through which young people can develop leadership skills, a heightened sense of their own spirituality, and a greater understanding of social and ecological justice.
For more information about this ministry, please visit www.jerichohouse.org.
Colleges and Universities
We lead and teach in our institutions of higher learning, where students come to receive a distinctively Felician Franciscan education—where they are inspired by Franciscan values, encouraged to be intellectually curious, and dedicated to serving others. Each school embraces and celebrates its commitment to service, remaining continually responsive to the needs of its students while giving them opportunities to serve the needs of others by always challenging students to extend their reach.
- Felician University – Lodi, New Jersey – www.felician.edu
- Madonna University – Livonia, Michigan – www.madonna.edu
- Villa Maria College – Buffalo, New York – www.villa.edu
In addition to our presence at Felician colleges and universities, we also teach in a variety of disciplines at a number of colleges and universities across the U.S.
Felician Sisters serve the pastoral and spiritual needs of university students in campus ministry centers, helping students engage in opportunities for service, reflection, prayer, worship, and faith formation.