Welcome To St. Felix Pantry
from a Felician Sister-Witness
St. Felix Pantry was incorporated in 1992 and so is celebrating 25 years as a nonprofit entity. But the origin of St. Felix Pantry actually goes back to the early 1980s.
That’s when Sister Mary Genevieve Ryskiewicz (in image above), started a back-door outreach to the poor from the kitchen pantry of the Assumption of Blessed Mary Convent, where day-old bread and produce donated by local markets were distributed to the needy. Provincial Minister Sister Rosemarie Goins CSSF and her administration were instrumental in the incorporation of St. Felix Pantry and the move to the present location. Most Reverend Michael Sheehan, archbishop of Santa Fe, presided at the dedication and blessing on Aug. 8, 1995. The Honorable Thomas Swisstack, mayor of Rio Rancho, was present. Graced, I have been a sister-witness to all these wonderful events.
In my recent stint of assisting in Sister Claire’s Christmas Store and in the clothing department in the Pantry before Christmas, amidst the movement of donated goods to the racks and bins for client pick-up, I was again a witness — a witness in awe of the generosity of benefactors, the dedication of committed staff, volunteers and board members. I witnessed the joy and deep appreciation of the client guests of St. Felix Pantry.
Our Christmas homilist, provincial minister Friar Jack Clark Robinson OFM, reminded us that God comes to us, as we are, to awaken Love. Truly every day at St. Felix Pantry, God comes to us, as we are, to awaken Love – people helping people.
You also can be an active witness of this Love being awaken in one person at a time, one family at a time: become a mission collaborator of St. Felix Pantry.
What better way to celebrate 25 years of existence – ensure the next 25 years of awakening
To learn more about St. Felix Pantry please visit us at www.stfelixpantry.org
"The St. Felix Pantry is lovingly sponsored by the Felician Sisters. We envision a future where everyone in New Mexico has access to nutritious food."