Prayer to Our Lady of Czestochowa “At the Little Castle” in Belz

(The prayer was written in letter form on a faded card sewn into the dress of the Miraculous Image of Our Lady of Czestochowa embroidered by the Felicians of Cracow in 1873) 

All through the Heart of Mary

O Mary of Jasna Gora, you who reign for so many centuries over Poland and her people; you who are a special Patroness and Foundress of our humble Congregation, have mercy on me and cure me of this sickness, in which I cry out over my sins.

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Chaplet of Thanksgiving

(Prayer used by Blessed Mary Angela)

Opening - Magnificat...

On the large beads:

ETERNAL FATHER, I offer you the Most Sacred Heart of your Beloved Son in thanksgiving for all the graces you have bestowed upon us, especially for the Most Blessed Sacrament, for the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, and for the preservation and approbation of our Congregation.

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Letter – to Mother Hedwig Wielhorska, Discalced Carmelite

Hedwig Joseph Teresa Wielhorska (1836-1911), daughter 564. of Count John Wielhorski and Countess Christina Szlubowska. In 1857 she entered the monastery of the Carmelites in Bagneres-de-Bigorre. At her investiture she was given the name S. Hedwig of the Cross, but she made her profession under the name of S. Hedwig of St. John of the Cross. After her profession she was transferred to the Carmel of Carcassone. Upon the request of Archbishop L. Przyluski and his successor M. Ledochowski, and with the blessing of Pope Pius IX, she founded a Carmel in Posen (1867). During the regime of the Kulturkamf, in consequence of the religious persecutions, the Posen Carmel was transferred to Cracow and joined with the Carmel on Wesola Street. A year later, M. Hedwig founded a Carmel on Lobzow Street in Cracow where she took residence together with the Belgian Carmelites with whom she came to Posen. In 1879 she left for Carcassone and after her return she lived with the FElicians on Smolensk Street in Cracow. Upon the request of Bishop A. Dunajewski, she founded a Carmel in Wieliczka (1880) which, however, did not survive. After a few years she went to Rome and there founded a Carmel in the convent of St. Bridget (1889). In addition, she founded two otehr Carmelite monasteries in Italy: in Leola, the diocese of Gaeta (1906) and in Porto Maurizio in Liguria (1907). To date there exists only the Carmel in Rome which in 1957 was transferred from St. Bridget's to Via del Casaletto, 564.

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The Spirit of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary

from the Memoirs of the Congregation of the Felician Sisters, 1912

1. The sisters have been called by Divine Goodness to a community remaining under the special care of the Blessed Virgin and entrusted to Her Heart in a unique way. They should, therefore, strive to be at one with this Heart, imitate all its virtues, be imbued with its spirit as truly becomes the daughters of the Immaculate Heart.

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Blessed Father Honorat Kozminski

Blessed Father Honorat Kozminski, the spiritual director of Blessed Mary Angela and the first Felician Sisters, has passed from this earth to heaven for the eternal award on December 16, 1916. On the occasion of the Centenary of his death, Polish Parliament announced him as one of the Patrons of the year 2017.

In our Museum there is a temporary exhibition showing his life, the role he played in the history of the Congregation of the Felician Sisters and information about the congregations he founded as an anwer to the needs of the Polish society of the nineteenth century.

Letter – to Countess Catherine Adam Potocka

Krystynow, a foundation named after St. Christina, the patron saint of Countess Andrew Potocka, situated in Wodna, near Siersz in the district of Chrzanow.

Catherine of the Branicki line Countess Adam Potocka and her son Andrew resolved in 1892 to erect for the local population around Siersz a church, a school, a nursery, a sewing center and a clinic for the sick, and to entrust the administration of these facilities to the Felician Sisters. The foundation was inspired by two motives: the welfare of the local populace and a petition to God for a son for Count Andrew who was the last of his line and had only daughters. The sisters moved into the convent and took charge of the school in 1894. Two years later, Count Adrew and Christina were blessed with the desired son Adam, and still later with two more sons, Arthur and Andrew.

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The Girls Liturgical Servants

On Saturday, October 21, 2017, Sister Mary Scholastyka and a group of girls, the Girls Liturgical Servants, from Grybow, visited our Museum and Archives. The girls came to Cracow to honor the relics of Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska and to visit the Museum and Archives dedicated to her.