Upcoming 25th Anniversary
It was on August 11, 1992, the feast day of St. Clare, that Sister Johnna Ciezobka and Sister Susanne Dziedzic were missioned to begin the St. Ann Outreach Center in Kingstree, SC.
After the Sunday liturgy at St. Ann Catholic Church, the Sisters asked the people for some help to move some furniture at the convent. The people responded and for the next 25 years their response in love attracted many other volunteers and benefactors from all denominations and across the country to help them assist the People of God in Williamsburg County, SC.
Trudy Rice, Kingstree United Methodist Church and Jean Nexsen, Williamsburg Presbyterian Church became the spirited leaders who initiated the ecumenical movement by inviting others to tutor the children, assist in the food pantry, serve the Blessed Angela meal and serve on the board of directors. What a sacred journey it has been. What a testimony to the foundress of the Felician Sisters, Blessed Mary Angela who said, “Always seek the glory of God and the good of your neighbor”.
In time, Bishop Robert Guglielmone, Bishop of Charleston, SC, approved the transfer of St. Ann Outreach Center to the Felician Sisters. The name was changed to the Felician Center.
--- August 11, 2016 at 6 PM, Bishop Robert Guglielmone will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Ann Catholic Church, Kingstree, SC on the occasion of the opening of the 25th anniversary year. A reception will follow at the Outreach Center at 1000 Thorne Avenue. Dr. Noreen Steward is the chairperson of this event. Sister Jackie Benbenek will prepare the Mass program.
---August 25 to August 28, 2016, some Board members, Sisters Jackie, Sister Johnna and Sister Susanne will travel to Coraopolis, PA and Beaver Falls, PA. The group will visit the headquarters of the Our Lady of Hope Province and also visit with Sister Mary Alexander Klawinski, former provincial of PA, who confirmed the mission to begin the ministry in South Carolina.
---January 26, 2017 at 6 PM, the Board of Directors will celebrate an Ecumenical Evening Prayer Service at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, Kingstree, SC. A reception and program will be held at Grace Hall of Williamsburg Presbyterian Church. Lou Easterling is the chairperson of this event. Jean Nexsen will organize the service.
---May 3, 2017 from 5 PM to 7 PM, an Open House with an Ice Cream Social will be held at the Felician Center on 1000 Thorne Avenue for the families of children from the past and present, neighbors and friends of Felician Center. Trudy Rice and Sister Johnna are co-chairs of this event.
---August 11, 2017, the Board of Directors and Sisters will share a private dinner in Georgetown, SC to complete the year of celebration.
It is with a joyful heart that we commemorate these 25 years of compassionate service with our ministry partners to live the gospel of Mathew 25: When I was hungry, you gave me to eat, when I was thirsty you gave me to drink …and when you did it to the least of my brothers and sisters you did it to Me.”