Sr. Nadia Tkaczuk completed her novitiate, and pronounced her first temporary vows of obedience, chastity and poverty, in the Congregation of the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate. This solemn ceremony took place Sunday, August 2, 2009 at her home parish of the Dormition of the Mother of God, in Mississauga, ON.
Now 26 years old, Nadia was born in October, 1982 to Edward and Daria Tkaczuk, of Mississauga, the fourth of five children. She was educated at St. Sophia Ukrainian Catholic School, and completed her high school at Ignatius Loyola Catholic School in Mississauga. As president of the parish’s UCY, she became acquainted with the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate when one of the Sisters visited the youth group to recruit singers for the annual Marian Pilgrimage, in 2000. Deepening in her prayer life in personal struggles, she grew in her attentiveness to God’s call. Her experience at World Youth Day 2002 in Toronto made it clear to her that she wanted to serve the Lord Jesus exclusively, and it was to the SSMI community that she felt the Lord was calling her. Thus began her aspirancy.
Sr. Nadia’s postulancy, the time of “entering”, of experiencing Community life, was held in Calgary, beginning in 2006. Her novitiate, including a more intense time of prayer, study and ministry, was held in Winnipeg, where she was involved in catechetical work at Immaculate Heart of Mary School, and pastoral visiting at Holy Family Nursing Home, two institutions run by the SSMI. She also did catechetical work at St. Nicholas parish, which is served by the fathers of the Order of St. Basil the Great. The pronouncement of her first vows begins a series of temporary vows, renewed annually for about five years.
During the Divine Liturgy, 15 Sisters Servants and over 20 Associates processed Sr. Nadia to the front of the church singing the Polijelej, an arrangement of psalm verses with repeating refrains, usually sung for the Matins of solemn feasts. Rev. Roman Pankiw, pastor and celebrant, presided, as she expressed her commitment with her vows to Christ before the Blessed Sacrament. Sister Theresa Matwe, Vice-Provincial Superior, received her into the Community and presented her with the community cross. Official documents were signed before the entire congregation, who sang the Blessed Mother’s song of thanksgiving, the Magnificat. The Liturgy continued, after which Rev. Pankiw presented Sr. Nadia with a cross-stitched icon of the Mother of God of Czestochowa, which he recently brought from Ukraine, as a gift to her from the parish. A reception followed in the parish hall.
Nadia will continue her mission in Winnipeg, where she will begin her pursuit of formal studies in education.