Congregation of the Sisters of St. Felix of Cantalice (Felician Sisters)

Founding of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Felix of Cantalice

Sophia Truszkowska's charism towards others continued to grow through her care of the poor and neglected. Her work with others was evidence of her commitment to Christ's gospel message of discipleship. Sophia was joined in her work by her cousin and closest friend, Clothilde Ciechanowska. Both young women became lay members in the Franciscan Third Order under the direction of Father Honorat Kozminski at the Capuchin monastery in Warszawa.

Due to an increasing number of women and children, it was necessary for Sophia to find a larger home for the Institute of Miss Truszkowska. Sophia and Clothilde left their homes to live at the Institute and care for the residents there. Praying before an icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, on the feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, November 21, 1855, Sophia, who was known by her lay tertiary name of Angela, and Clothilde, who was known as Veronica, solemnly dedicated themselves to do the will of Our Lady's Son, Jesus Christ, in all things. For the Felician Sisters, this day has become known as the official founding day of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Felix of Cantalice.

When Sophia would take the children in her care to the nearby Capuchin church to pray at the shrine of St. Felix of Catalice, people called them the "children of St. Felix." Although Sophia, and the other young women who joined in her work, wore no religious habit, the neighbor people called them "Sisters of St. Felix." They were soon known as "Felician Sisters, the name by which the communiy is still know.

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