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Ministry of the Felician Franciscan Sisters 

 
Felician Franciscan Sisters

The Felician Franciscan Sisters, officially known as the Congregation of Sisters of St. Felix of Cantalice Third Order Regular of St. Francis of Assisi, is a community whose members profess public vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience and follow the evangelical way of life in common. They are an apostolic congregation who fulfill their mission in the church through contemplation and action.
The Felician community had its historic beginnings in 1825 as Poland  struggled under oppression of foreign rule. A young woman named Sophia Truszkowska was born into a loving family where she Mother Angelawas taught about social and religious needs influenced by her family’s faith and values.  Injustice and appalling conditions in Poland influenced her heart to help the oppressed, poor, and needy. Starting her own community, the Sisters dedicated themselves to service and Sophia became known as Mary Angela.  Orphans, poor women, and the disabled soon gathered about the Sisters.  They served the sick, the homeless and visited hospitals and prisons.  Over the years the Sisters traveled thoughout the world and the community has grown and thrived.  There are now approximately 1,500 Sisters with ministries in Poland, the United States, Canada, Brazil, Haiti and Kenya.
This dedication to the plight of the poor and infirmed fit into the mission of St. Ignatius Nursing Home, and in 1986 the Archdiocese of Philadelphia transferred sponsorship of St. Ignatius to the Felician Sisters.  The first sisters to arrive at St. Ignatius Nursing Home were Sister Mary Cherubim Lubin, Sister Mary Nora Cebula, Sister Mary Fabia Wojtach and Sister Mary Agatha Cebula, who was appointed Administrator.  Sister Agatha is still here today, working with staff to ensure that the Felician Franciscan Sisters' ministry is carried on throughout every part of daily life at St. Ignatius.  The Felician Franciscan Sisters continue to reside in the convent located on the fifth floor of the nursing & rehab center.