Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate

The Sisters are committed to a communal life of prayer
and the service of God’s people.

Our Community
In the Footsteps of Blessed Josaphata Today
Novena – Дев’ятниця За Мир в Україні

Welcome to the Home of the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate in Canada

Welcome to the website of the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate in Canada.

The Congregation of the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate is an international congregation of Sisters of the Ukrainian Catholic Church (of the Byzantine rite, in union with Rome). Founded over 100 years ago in Western Ukraine, the Sisters Servants strive to follow the example of their patroness, Mary, the Immaculate Mother of God. The Sisters are committed to a communal life of prayer and the service of God’s people, primarily but not exclusively, those of the Ukrainian Catholic Church.

May you come to feel at home with the Sisters. May you find comfort, be enriched and grow in joy and peace, as you get to know them.

About the SSMI Crest

The crest of the Sisters Servants features …

~ the letter “M”: The Sisters, under the protection of Mary Immaculate, walking in faith and trust as she did;

~ the Cross: The Sisters …

  • are followers of Christ
  • have taken up their own cross
  • hold Christ’s cross as their glory and salvation

~ three stars, symbolizing …

  • the religious vows of obedience, chastity and poverty
  • the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity
  • the virtues of meekness, humility and sisterly love

~ the motto of the Sisters: “Glory to God, Honour to Mary, Peace to us.”

Our Community

As a community of women, the Sisters have responded to Christ’s call to dedicate their entire beings and lives to God. In freedom and love, they vow life-long fidelity to evangelical celibacy, poverty and obedience. Through a life of prayer and active service, they are called to share their experience of God’s compassion, forgiveness and unconditional love. They live in community, encouraging and supporting one another in their apostolic life journey. Daily they unite in prayer in response to the requests of many, trusting in the Lord’s words: “Ask, and it shall be given to you.”

What We Do

The Sisters are involved in the ministries of healing and education at every level as well as other apostolates, responding to the needs of the times. The Sisters care for the whole person. Wherever they work they attempt to ‘raise the spirit and ennoble the heart of the people.’ They guide them to assume the apostolic responsibility of Christians through the love and study of Holy Scripture, the Liturgy, and personal prayer. (Constitution, 2006, #59)

Education Ministry

The Sisters educate people of all ages, in mind and spirit, developing their gifts for the service of God and the community.

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Caring for the Sick & Elderly

To bring the love of Christ to those who are sick and to the elderly is at the heart of what many of our Sisters do daily. Our call is “to serve is to love”.

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Concern for God’s House

In caring for the physical and liturgical beauty of God’s House, the Sisters lead thirsty souls to the Source of all refreshment – right relationship with God.

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Latest News

Our Latest News, Events, and More

Sister Daria Mildred Sportak, SSMI 1932-2024

April 20th, 2024|In Memoriam|

Sister Daria Sportak died peacefully on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, at Holy Family Home in Winnipeg, MB.  Mychalina (Lena) was born in Vita, MB with her twin brother Maurice to Olena Stefiuk and Michael Sportak, a farming family, on November 02, 1932.  Her father farmed until his passing in 1944. Her mother continued to raise the family of ten at home, managing the farm with the help of the older children, and kind neighbours. She brought them up with limited means, but rich in faith. Nam

Novena – Дев’ятниця

February 16th, 2024|Community News|

Novena Day 1We began a short novena to Blessed Josaphata for peace in Ukraine in two languages, Ukrainian and English. In nine days, we will mark the two years of an unjust war that has taken many innocent lives. It's hard to believe that it has already been two years since the war started in Ukraine.Please join us for 9 days in a novena prayer for PEACE. We will be posting a short video prayer every evening around 8:30 pm. It may not be perfect, but it comes from the hearts of simple sisters.Le

Sister Andronica Annie Spilchuk, SSMI 1922-2023

December 1st, 2023|In Memoriam|

Sister Andronica, a member of the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate, died in Holy Family Home, Winnipeg, MB on November 24, 2023. Annie (Sister Andronica) was born on December 4, 1929, in Bedfordville, SK. Her parents,  Dmytro and Anna (Spilchuk) had emigrated to this district from Yamnytsia, near present day Ivano-Frankivsk in Ukraine.  Dmytro and Anna had married in Ukraine in 1904 and had two daughters, Dora and Mary.  He emigrated to Canada in 1914, deciding to settle near f

Installation of the relic of Blessed Josaphata

November 20th, 2023|Community News|

November 12, 2023 saw the installation of the first-class relic of Blessed Josaphata at Holy Protection Church, in Toronto. Prior to the 5 pm service, Sister Christine Dudych led a small group of singers in a number of refrains, using the words and prayers of Blessed Josaphata. The church was filled with this beautiful ambiance of prayer.  His Excellency Bishop Bryan Bayda, Eparch of Toronto, Fr. Bohdan Choly, pastor, and associate pastors Fr. Oleh Yuryk and Fr. Ihor Panchyshyn waited at th

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