Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate

 
 

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

Our Community

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

Marian Pilgrimage 2020

June 30th, 2020|Community News|

This year the Marian Pilgrimage was cancelled to the public due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. In line with the Government and Eparchial restrictions, the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate honoured the day by having a private mini-pilgrimage. Reverend Yuriy Tykhyy and his Dobrodijka Marijka came from Toronto to celebrate the Divine Liturgy in the Sisters home Chapel. After the Divine Liturgy, we processed to the “Ancaster Mother of God Shrine” while reciting the Rosary. We completed the Rosary at t

Trust God in our Life Journey

June 8th, 2020|Community News|

"Trust God in our Life Journey" This is a statement that has become very real in Sister Charlene Belay’s life. Over twenty years ago she had the notion that she wanted to be a nurse. However, the timing was not right.  She was afraid that she did not have what it takes. God had another plan for her, one that would surround her with a loving community that is encouraging and supportive. Through her trust in God, this call to serve others as a nurse is now becoming a reality. In a few months Siste

Sisters embrace their Ministry of Hospitality with their Whole Hearts

June 4th, 2020|Community News|

The Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate still own and operate Holy Family Home, a long term care facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Although there are only a few Sisters that are still directly involved in the day-to-day life at the Home, during this time of the COVID 19 pandemic the Sisters at Bethany Home have stepped in to help. At Holy Family Home, the sisters are connecting with residents and helping out the staff. Sisters Jean, Ruth, Pavla, Joanne, Emily and Darleane have been helping to feed

73rd Marian Pilgrimage/Vidpust Cancelled

June 4th, 2020|Events|

The Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate, regret to inform you that the 73rd Marian Pilgrimage/Vidpust, originally set for June 28, 2020 at Mount Mary, in Ancaster is cancelled due to the Covid Pandemic.  Be assured that, especially on that day, the Sisters will offer prayers for the Church, clergy and faithful of this Eparchy.  “O Most Holy Mother of God, pray for us.”

Sister Hilary Lenyk, SSMI 1924-2020

April 24th, 2020|In Memoriam|

Sister Hilary Lenyk died peacefully, at St. Boniface Hospital Winnipeg, MB on April 22, 2020, at the age of 95; a Sister Servant of Mary Immaculate for 77 years. Olga was born August 22, 1924, to Athanasius and Sophie (Bay) in Guernsey, Saskatchewan.  Her parents immigrated from western Ukraine, settling in SK. Olga had two sisters and three brothers. Two brothers died in infancy. Olga was always grateful to God for her parents for their love. Their deep prayer life was a witness to nurturing Ol

Sister Anne Marie Kozakewich, SSMI 1919 – 2020

April 3rd, 2020|In Memoriam|

Sister Anne Marie Kozakewich, a Sister Servant of Mary Immaculate, passed away at Bethany Home, Winnipeg, MB on 29 March 2020. She recently celebrated her 100th birthday and gave 79 years to religious life. Born - 29 December 1919 Entered - 26 May 1941 Clothing Day - 26 November 1941 First Vows - 27 November 1943 Final Vows - 15 August 1950 Anne Kozakewich was born on December 29, 1919, in Parkerview, SK, daughter of Theodore (Fred) Kozakewich and Eudoxia (Dora), nee Kohuch. She had two brothers

COVID-19 – A Letter from Rome

March 24th, 2020|Community News|

Please click on the links below to read a letter from Sr. Sofija Lebedowicz, SSMI - General Superior Our prayers are with you during this time. COVID-19 Letter from Rome COVID-19 Letter from Rome English

Appreciation Moleben and Banquet for Most Rev. Stephen Chmilar, D.D. Emeritus

March 8th, 2020|Community News|

A number of Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate representing Toronto & Ancaster attended the “Appreciation Moleben and Banquet” for Most Rev. Stephen Chmilar, D.D. Emeritus, on Sunday, March 8th, 2020, held at Holy Dormition of the mother of god Ukrainian Catholic Church, Mississauga, ON. The UCWLC Eparchial Executive who met with His Excellency B. Bayda, March 7 at St. Demetrius Care Home, Etobicoke, ON. Sr. Theresa Matwe, SSMI (from Ancaster) is Spiritual Advisor for the Toronto UCWLC. &nb

New Liturgy Books at IHMS

February 5th, 2020|Community News|

Sr. Emily, SSMI generously donated new Divine Liturgy books to Immaculate Heart of Mary School in honour of her Final Vows on August 10, 2019. These books were blessed during the school's Feast of Theophany prayer service. May God continue to bless Sr. Emily Schietzsch, SSMI abundantly! Rev. Ihor Shved, Sr. Emily Schietzsch SSMI, Rev. Isidore Dziadyk, OSBM and Fr. Yaroslav Kopychyn visiting from Ukraine.

Edmonton Missions

February 3rd, 2020|Community News|

On the Feastday of Blessed Josaphata Hordashevska November 20, 2019 members of the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate community in Edmonton participated in a school visit that expressed the faithfulness to their charism and founder’s words, “Serve where the need is the greatest”. Sister Anne Pidskalny and Sister Veronica Bartkiw joined members of the Budova Charitable Society from St. Basil’s Ukrainian Catholic Church to help bring comfort to students attending St. Matthew Catholic Elementary S

Final IHMS Tea – Steeped in Tradition

February 2nd, 2020|Community News|

From the very beginning of St. Nicholas School, the Sisters were required to fundraise to keep our school operating. Thus, month after month, year after year, out of a deep desire for the Christian education of Ukrainian Youth, no sacrifice was avoided, no effort spared to work towards providing sufficient funding for the well-being of our school. In the 1942 Chronicles, we read: “Our school committee held a fundraising tea at the hall of St. John the Benevolent. The Sisters prepared a concert f

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