Friday, March 30, 2007

Felician Sisters in Michigan Part 3 of 3

Here's the third part of the final article I will be presenting from Poles in Michigan, Vol.1.

Part 1 :: Part 2

The Educational Work of The Felician Sisters in Michigan, cont.

However, a most important step toward the higher education of the Sisters was made in 1937, when the Presentation Junior College was established. In May, 1947, the institution was approved as a four-year college and began to operate as Madonna College in the summer of that year. In September of the same year, the doors of Madonna College (Plymouth, Michigan) were opened not only to members of the Felician Order, but to lay students as well. The enrollment of the college for that school year 1952-1953 was four hundred forty-four. This includes the summer classes which were attended by one hundred sixty-five Sisters.

Throughout the years the Felician Sisters, invoking the blessings of St. Felix of Cantalicio in whose honor the Community was named, of St. Francis of Assisi, whose rule they profess and follow, and of the Blessed Virgin Mary, after whom each of the Sisters is named, have made remarkable progress. They have labored to develop in the boys and girls under their care a sense of personal responsibility and a true devotion to God and country. They have adapted improved methods of teaching, yet never losing sight of the main objective of the Catholic teacher - "to form Christ Himself in those regenerated by baptism."

PAROCHIAL AND PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS AND ACADEMIES

(under the direction of the Felician Sisters of the Province of Detroit, listed chronologically according to date of foundation)


Name of School / Location / Foundation
Felician Academy / Detroit, Mich. / 1882
St. Josaphat / Detroit, Mich. / 1915
St. Stanislaus Kostka / Bay City, Mich. / 1925
St. Casimir / Detroit, Mich. / 1927
Mount Carmel / Wyandotte, Mich. / 1928
St. Stanislaus / Detroit, Mich. / 1929
Holy Rosary / Isadore, Mich. / 1938
St. Andrew / Detroit, Mich. / 1940
St. Florian / Hamtramck, Mich. / 1940
Sacred Heart / Detroit, Mich. / 1942
St. Joseph / Manistee, Mich. / 1943
Holy Rosary / Saginaw, Mich. / 1945
Patronage of St. Joseph / Detroit, Mich. / 1945
Ladywood High / Livonia, Mich. / 1950
Catholic Central / Alpena, Mich. / 1950


PAROCHIAL AND PRIVATE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
(in Michigan under the direction of the Felician Sisters of the Province of Detroit as of June, 1953, listed chronologically according to date of foundation)

Name of School / Location / Foundation
St. Stanislaus Kostka / Bay City, Mich. / 1878
St. Albertus / Detroit, Mich. / 1879
Guardian Angel Home / Detroit, Mich. / 1882
St. Casimir / Detroit, Mich. / 1883
St. Joseph / Manistee, Mich. / 1885
Holy Rosary / Saginaw, Mich. / 1886
St. Stanislaus / Hilliards, Mich. / 1887
St. Mary / Parisville, Mich. / 1888
St. Mary / Alpena, Mich. / 1889
St. Josaphat / Detroit, Mich. / 1890
St. Stanislaus / Detroit, Mich. / 1898
Holy Rosary / Isadore, Mich. / 1899
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel / Wyandotte, Mich. / 1901
St. John Cantius / Detroit, Mich. / 1902
St. Joseph / Jackson, Mich. / 1903
St. Mary / Bronson, Mich. / 1903
St. Hyacinth / Bay City, Mich. / 1907
St. Hyacinth / Detroit, Mich. / 1909
St. Florian / Hamtramck, Mich. / 1910
St. Hedwig / Bay City, Mich. / 1911
St. Joseph Home for Boys / Jackson, Mich. / 1912
Assumption BVM / Detroit, Mich. / 1912
Our Lady Queen of Apostles / Hamtramck, Mich. / 1918
St. Stephen / Detroit, Mich. / 1918
St. Stanislaus / Ludington, Mich. / 1918
Immaculate Conception / Detroit, Mich. / 1919
St. Stanislaus / Jackson, Mich. / 1921
St. Andrew / Detroit, Mich. / 1922
Resurrection / Detroit, Mich. / 1923
Corpus Christi / Detroit, Mich. / 1923
St. Louis / Detroit, Mich. / 1924
Our Lady Help of Christians / Detroit, Mich. / 1925
St. Helena / Wyandotte, Mich. / 1926
Patronage of St. Joseph / Detroit, Mich. / 1935
Sacred Heart / Detroit, Mich. / 1936
St. Michael / Livonia, Mich. / 1942
St. Valentine / Kawkawlin, Mich. / 1948
Holy Ghost / Detroit, Mich. / 1949
St. Cecilia / Clare, Mich. / 1950
St. Ignatius / Detroit, Mich. / 1951
St. John Vianney / Grand Rapids, Mich. / 1952
St. Stephen / New Boston, Mich. / 1951
St. Theresa / Wayland, Mich. / 1952
St. Valentine / Detroit, Mich. / 1952
St. Francis of Assisi / Flint, Mich. / 1952

3 comments:

  1. Hi,
    I was at Guardian Angel Home from 1940 - 1945 and attended St Albertus Church and school. After that I move a lot and do not have keepsakes. I was delighted to read about the Felician Sisters who cared for me and taught me. I still have my first communion certificate but nothing else remains. I would be glad to read more about the home, and sisters. Are there any more pictures?

    Joanne

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  2. Sorry but I don't have anything more to share about the Felician Sisters. Have you visited their website? You can find it at: http://www.feliciansisters.org/
    There are more history and pictures there.

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  3. Hi, I am a graduate student at Regent University in Virginia and I am working on a project now about the history of the Felician Sisters. I wanted to thank you for your excellent account here - it has helped me so much!

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