Felician Sisters of North America, Our Lady of Hope Province
The Felician Sisters is a religious institute of pontifical right whose members profess public vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience and follow the evangelical way of life in common. It is officially known as the Congregation of Sisters of St. Felix of Cantalice Third Order Regular of St. Francis of Assisi (CSSF). The aim of the community is to cooperate with Christ in the spiritual renewal of the world. As an apostolic congregation, the Felician Sisters fulfill their mission in the Church through contemplation and action. The special vision of Blessed Mary Angela becomes eminently clear in the ministries of the Felicians. Unlike many religious congregations who dedicate themselves to a few specific ministries, the Felicians consciously seek out God's will for them in an ongoing dynamic. The ministries may change frequently; the pace of the journey may vary. The vision, however, is constant: "Be Sister, Be Servant, Be Eucharist to All." Thus, a Felician is known more by who she is than by what she does.
Felician Sisters follow St. Francis of Assisi and live out the prime elements of the Franciscan Rule – contemplation, conversion, poverty, humility, and service. Felician Sisters are known for their joy.
The Eucharist is at the heart of Felician prayer life, opening the sisters to receive life and to bring forth new life in others. In expectation, attentiveness, and humility, the sisters seek the Lord and desire to be filled with His Spirit. At the center of their consecrated life, the Eucharist speaks of the totality of Christ’s gift of Himself. In celebrating the Eucharist, in Eucharistic Adoration and in visits before the Blessed Sacrament, the Sisters allow the Lord to change their hearts, moving them to be Eucharist to one another and to God’s people. We wear the wooden crucifix to witness the love of Jesus Christ so that He may be visible in us.