Felician Mission: Haiti is sponsored by the Felician Sisters of North America through Our Lady of Hope Province to live our commitment to justice and peace, and to raise the dignity of the human person, especially women and children, in the whole world.

In 2010, an earthquake left Haiti devastated and nearly without hope. Felician Sister Marilyn Minter traveled with five other Felicians for a two-week stay in Haiti to consider opening a mission. In 2012, Sr. Marilyn returned to Haiti with Sr. Inga Borko to visit the people and assess their needs. They shared a room in Haiti as they canvassed the country to find the right region to lay down roots and begin what Sr. Marilyn called “a compassionate ministry of presence.”

By seeing what people lacked and needed, they began to discern where the spirit of the Lord called. Through the generosity and prayers of many, the Felician Sisters of North America dedicated the mission complex in Jacmel, Haiti, on Oct. 10, 2018. The mission is now a complex of several buildings, which include a kitchen, mobile clinic, volunteer house, activity center, playground, computer lab, and a sewing school.  

The ministry upholds the five core values that are hallmarks of our Franciscan culture and identity:

  • Respect for Human Dignity – exhibited by a reverence for and commitment to promoting and protecting the dignity of all persons;
  • Compassion – characterized by an empathetic consciousness toward others expressed in caring service;
  • Transformation – characterized by an open heart and mind, leading to continuous improvement of all involved in our ministry;
  • Solidarity with the Poor – ensuring that the needs of the marginalized and vulnerable are met through advocacy and action;
  • Justice and Peace – forging right relationships, recreating a sustainable environment, promoting the common good—all in the pursuit of peace.

The Felician Sisters are an international community of more than 1,000 vowed women religious across four continents. Founded in Poland in 1855, we arrived in North America in 1874 with the blessing of our Foundress Blessed Mary Angela to minister to Polish immigrants. In 2009, the Felician Sisters of North America formed Our Lady of Hope Province by uniting eight Felician provinces from across the U.S. and Canada to sustain and expand our mission. Today, we continue to minister in a variety of ways as we seek to fulfill our mission to “cooperate with Christ in the spiritual renewal of the world.” To learn more about our mission and ways to support our efforts, please visit our website.


13 responses to “About

  1. jeanpaulbonnet

    September 20, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Bravo Brave SIsters, may your love of the lord fill you with courage and strength everyday. May your love of the lord cool your hottest day and heal your broken heart as you tend those around you.

  2. Irmã Maria Ivonete

    October 7, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Dear Sisters,
    God bless you and the Haiti people. I pray for you.

  3. Jeff Fortune

    December 13, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Jeff Fortune
    December13th, 2012
    Wonderful work. Congratualtions for ll you have been doing here. I am not sure if you remenber me. I met you with Dr.Jean Paul Bonnet . He is a good friend of mine. I look forward meeting you soon.

  4. deacon Michael Wojcik

    November 13, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Hey Sisters! Especially a shout out to Sr. Marilyn from your friend deacon Mike Wojcik! So as DRE for K to 6 here at St. Rose in Short Hills NJ; I have each class of 6th graders creating service projects for everyone to participate in. One class wants to help children internationally and I said I know just the person! How can we connect to work out a way to do this that is best for you? My email is below. With all the loving joy of God you have given to so many kids, can we help you in some way?Prayers and warm regards-

  5. Thad Zjawin

    November 18, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Dear Sister Marilyn, May God Bless You and the other Sisters on the wonderful journey taken. I love the pictures of you with the guitar , it but back fond memories of times we spent at Lodi. I don’t know if you remember me I directed the shows at ICH high school when Sr. Virginia was principal.
    Please keep in touch and stay in touch. Ted Zjawin.
    PS those children are lucky to have all of you there and you can see enjoyment in their faces.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday.

  6. Angela Darrow Flynn and Tom Kurt

    July 9, 2015 at 12:25 am

    Marilyn, a group from St Joe’s has gathered at the annual NPM convention, and Tom and I are thinking of you fondly. So happy to see you well. Continue your good work, and know you will remain in our hearts and prayers! God bless!

    • feliciansistershaiti

      July 15, 2015 at 7:32 pm

      Praise the Lord! Wow, what a blast from the past! So happy to hear from you!!! God bless you!

  7. Mary Posey

    October 5, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Oh, my, Sister Marilyn and your friend from the Orlando Charismatic Renewal. We SO..O..O enjoyed you both. I want to send a donation to help with your flock in Haiti. If I don’t find the link, please send it to me. I’ve a small amount to get rid of that’s ‘wearing a hole in my pocket’!! Many blessings. Mary Posey

    • feliciansistershaiti

      October 6, 2016 at 8:29 pm

      Thank you for thinking about us! Check the information on the blog tomorrow!

  8. Sr. Esther

    October 23, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Hello, Srs. Marilyn and Inga! I am so proud of both of you and your accomplishments. I enjoy reading your blog and following all the progress. Be safe and well.
    Love, Sr. Esther, SCC

  9. John

    June 30, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    Heavenly Father I pray for your blessing and guidance in finding my calling that will glorify you. I pray that you open Jessica’s heart to come back to me so we could run this business that we started together. I pray that you give me the strength to be faithful to you as I contemplate my calling.

  10. asouthernwomanblog

    July 17, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    Tom Kurt and Angela Darrow Flynn, formerly Southerland, sitting at the NOM convention and sending greetings to Marilyn! Marilyn we think of you fondly, and would love to see you again on this earth! If we ever make it to Haiti we’re looking you up! Continue to do good, and know that you are remembered and loved here in the US!


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