The sisters were warmly accepted and welcomed by Archbishop
Francis Furey. A month later, Sr. Zbigniewa Kaczmarczyk, the Mother General
of the Congregation, came from Poland and approved the establishment. She
also promised to send more sisters to follow the charism of their Order in
Texas. The sisters took employment at a nursing home in San Antonio owned
by Ms. Muriel Merrit, who later built a chapel where the sisters were able
to worship. In 1976, the sisters purchased this nursing home and another nursing
home in Kenedy, Texas. They renamed them: St. Francis in San Antonio
and John Paul II in Kenedy.
Today the nursing homes are Catholic-nursing facilities. Through them, the sisters serve the needs of the aged and infirm, mentally retarded and physically handicapped, without regard to race, religion or creed. There are now 18 sisters in Texas. Their work is recognized by the entire community and the residents of the facilities are from all over the country.