A Thanksgiving Pilgrimage to the “Mother’s House”

On January 30, 2018, Felician Sisters from the Przemyśl Province arrived with a Pilgrimage of Thanksgiving to the “Mother’s House”, that is to the Relics of Mary Angela Truszkowska, the Blessed Foundress of the Felician Sisters which are located in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Krakow. This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Beatification of Mary Angela Truszkowska, which has become an opportunity for pilgrimage. It was a time of thanksgiving for the life, vocation and holiness of Blessed Mary Angela, for calling the Felician Congregation to life, for vocation of each Felician Sister, for all good that for the past 25 years has been a share of both the Sisters and those to whom the Lord has sent them.

The Sisters participated in Transitus in Mother Angela’s cell where she completed her earthly pilgrimage, visited special places inside the convent, which were important for Mother, and participated in the Eucharistic Liturgy at the altar with her relics. During the homily, Father recalled the words of Saint John Paul II from the beatification ceremony:

I salute you, Mother Mary Angela Truszkowska, Mother of the great Felician family.  You were a witness of the difficult history of our country and of the Church which there fulfilled her mission. 

Christ led Mother Angela by a truly exceptional path, causing her to share intimately in the mystery of his cross.  He formed her spirit by means of numerous sufferings, which she accepted with faith and a truly heroic submission to his will: in seclusion and in solitude, in a long and truing illness and in the dark night of the soul.

Delegation from All Saints Parish in Brzeziny

On January 27, 2018, our Museum and Archives was visited by Fr. Józef Knap, the pastor of All Saints Parish in Brzeziny, Kielce Diocese, together with a four-person delegation.  All Saints Parish in Brzeziny is trying to spread the devotion to the Saints and Blessed. Their church is full of images of Patrons. On this day, the Pastor and the delegation came to Krakow to invite Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska by receiving her relics. The pilgrimage to the relics of Bl. Mary Angela and for the relics of the Blessed to be taken to the parish, was enriched by visiting the Museum dedicated to her, in which the parish representatives could get to know better her life, work and spirituality, as well as deepen their relationship with the new Patron Saint of the parish. The pilgrimage, thanks to the Pastor, was held in an atmosphere of prayer and spiritual preparation for the encounter with Blessed Mary Angela.

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Regional Meeting for the Historians and Archivists

On Saturday, January 20, 2018, our Museum and Archives hosted the Regional Meeting for the Historians and Archivists. Sister Historians and Archivists from various Congregations gathered for their Spring Meeting. The chairperson of this group is Sister PhD Agata Mirek, professor at KUL. The main topic of the meeting was the process of writing the history of the Congregations from the post-war period until 1989. The Sisters had the opportunity to share the fruits of their research, and at the same time to get some guidance and tips for their further historical work.

The Sisters toured both the Museum and the Archives, got to know better the life and spirituality of Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska  as well as the history of the Felician Congregation.

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Encounter with Blessed Mary Angela

On January 14, 2018, after a long break, there was held an encounter with Blessed Maria Angela. The theme of the meeting was the Constitutions of the Felician Congregation. Sister Blazeja outlined the history of the formation of this important document in the life of the Congregation. Starting from its first version as of 1866, through shortened and corrected versions from 1874, until 1899, when the Holy See finally approved the Congregation and their Constitutions for a period of 7 years.

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