Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Friday, April 20, 2018

ENFIELD – Ten local Felician Sisters are marking anniversaries ranging from 50 to 80 years this year. These members of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Canalice represent 610 years of ministry.

Sister Mary Cecilia Janiec is celebrating 80 years. She was born in Hartford and entered the order on July 26, 1934, at Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Convent in Lodi, N.J. She has taught at St. Bernard School and St. Martha School, Enfield; and St. Gabriel School, Windsor. She also served as an extraordinary minister of holy Communion and sacristan at Our Lady of the Angels Convent, Enfield, where she resides.

Sister Mary Anastasia Holak and Sister Mary Bernard Skrocka are marking 70 years. Both are assigned to prayer ministry at Our Lady of the Angels Convent Care Center, Enfield.

Sister Mary Anastasia was born in Nashua, N.H., and entered the order on Sept. 3, 1944, at Our Lady of the Angels Convent. She has taught at St. Gabriel School, Our Lady of the Angels Academy and Enfield Montessori School, all in Enfield. From 1967-2011, she also was head of Enfield Montessori School.

Sister Mary Bernard is a New York City native. She entered the order on Aug. 14, 1944, at Our Lady of the Angels Convent. A medical technologist, Sister Mary Bernard served at SS. Cyril and Methodius Convent and Hartford Hospital, both in Hartford; as assistant to the provincial treasurer at the former Our Lady of the Angels Province, Enfield; and as a medical technologist at St. Joseph Hospital, Bangor, Maine.

Sister Mary Angelia Rzasa, Sister Mary Edna Korona, Sister Eleanor Marie Statkiewicz and Sister Marianne Los are each celebrating 60 years in ministry. All entered the order at Our Lady of the Angels Convent.

Sister Mary Angelia’s city of birth is Fall River, Mass. She was a teacher at SS. Cyril and Methodius School, Hartford; a principal at St. Martha and St. Adalbert schools; and a director at Our Lady of the Angels Reading Center, Enfield. She is the archivist at Our Lady of the Angels Convent.

Sister Mary Edna was born in Amsterdam, N.Y. She has been a first-grade teacher at SS. Cyril and Methodius, St. Martha and St. Adalbert schools and St. Mary School, Torrington. She now provides transportation services at Our Lady of the Angels Convent.

Sister Eleanor Marie was born in Middletown. She has been a principal and grade eight teacher at SS. Cyril and Methodius School. She has also taught grades one and four at St. Adalbert School. She is a receptionist and aide to the treasurer at Our Lady of the Angels Convent.

Born in Springfield, Mass., Sister Marianne has taught at St. Adalbert School; St. Lucy School, Waterbury; and St. Gabriel School, Windsor. She was principal at SS. Cyril and Methodius School. She also served in the summer programs at Cathedral School and St. Peter Parish, both in Hartford. She was director of novices of the Felician novitiate and the Felician director of postulants at the former Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Province in Lodi.

Sister Mary Auguste Biache, Sister Constance Marie Tomyl and Sister Mary Jeanine Morozowich all are marking 50 years in ministry.

Sister Mary Auguste was born in Trenton, N.J., and entered the congregation on June 29, 1964, at Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Convent in Lodi. She has served as a principal and teacher in schools throughout New Jersey; in pastoral ministry in parishes in New Jersey; and also taught in schools in Philadelphia, Pa., Wilmington, Del., and in Washington, D.C. She is provincial archivist for the Felician Sisters of North America, Our Lady of Hope Province, Beaver Falls, Pa.

Sister Constance Marie was born in Clinton, Mass. She has taught at St. Joseph School, Rockville; and Our Lady of the Angels Academy, where she also was principal. She also was provincial council member at the former Our Lady of the Angels Province in Enfield. Other ministries include youth specialist and educational/vocational counselor at Covenant House, N.Y.; supervisor of Health Care Homes at New York Foundling Hospital, Bronx, N.Y.; director of school counseling at LaSalle Academy, New York City; and academic advisor at Manhattan College School of Education, New York City. She currently serves on the leadership team for the Our Lady of Hope Province in Beaver Falls.

Sister Mary Jeanine was born in Braddock, Pa., and entered the order in August of 1964 at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Convent in Coraopolis, Pa. Ministering chiefly in religious education and formation, she also taught in several elementary and high schools in the dioceses of Cleveland, Greensburg and Pittsburgh. She now ministers as director of novices for the Our Lady of Hope Province in Beaver Falls, Pa.