The Felician Sisters
The Felician Sisters, founded by Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska in 1855, were mainly involved in education on all levels.
In 1953, five Felician Sisters became pioneers in Catholic education in Crowland (present day Welland). They were invited to teach at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Elementary School by Fr. Stanislaus Puchniak, O.M.I., who was one of the initiators for the establishment of the separate school board and the first Catholic school in Welland. The Sisters staffed Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Elementary School from 1953-1979.
In 1956, the Sisters were requested to staff St. Augustine Catholic Elementary School in Welland. They also taught at the following Catholic elementary schools: St. Mary, St. Andrew and Holy Name, Welland; St. Ann, Fenwick; St. Pius X and St. Jospeh, Stevensville; St. John Bosco and St. Therese, Port Colborne; Assumption of Our Lady, Our Lady of Fatima, St. Alfred, St. Nicholas, St. Denis and St. Joseph, all in St. Catharines. In the Niagara region the sisters also staffed St. Vincent de Paul, St. David, George Vanier and St. John Fisher schools.
The Felician Sisters served in Niagara until June, 2000.
Inducted: February 4, 2005