The Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate

His Beatitude Sviatoslav visits our Senior Sisters Servants in Mundare, Alberta


On Thursday, June 7, 2012, it was mid-morning when His Beatitude, Patriarch Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Head of the Universal Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, accompanied by His Excellency, Most Reverend David Motiuk, Eparch of Edmonton, and Very Rev. Gregory Faryna, Chancellor of the Edmonton Eparchy, arrived at St. Joseph’s Home.

Those who met the guests at the entrance were Sister Patricia Lacey, SSMI, Provincial Superior, Sister Martha Zulyniak, Superior of St. Joseph’s Home, the Sisters from the two Mundare homes, Sisters from Edmonton South and North, and the lay staff and friends of the Sisters. Also joining them were a number of the Fathers and Brothers of the Order of St. Basil the Great.

Sister Ambrose Pauline Stachiw welcomed the distinguished guests in the following words, on behalf of Sister Martha Zulyniak, Superior of St. Joseph’s Home, Sister Eugenia Stefaniuk, Superior of the Mundare Old Hospital Community, the Sisters, lay staff and friends:

Слава Ісусу Христу!

Зі щирим серцем і любов’ю вітаю Вас, Блаженніший Владико Святославе, в імені настоятельки цього дому, Сестри Марти, настоятельки шпитального дому, Сестри Євгенії, і всіх Сестер.

Мондер маленьке місто, але в цій околиці укорінилося наше Згромадження в Канаді. Тут вступали перші кандидатки, і тут Згромадження зростало. Але, не будемо входити в нашу історію тепер.

For now, we want you to know that we offer prayers of praise and gratitude to Christ our God, the High Priest - our Shepherd, from whom you received your ordination to the Priesthood and Episcopacy, Your Beatitude.

We thank God for giving us, for giving our Church, a person like you to guide the Universal Ukrainian Catholic Church. We shall pray for you, for good health, strength and wisdom to lead us on into the future. Welcome! Вітайємо!

We welcome also our own Shepherd, our dearly beloved Bishop David, always gracious, willing to listen and to help.

And we welcome our closer neighbours - the Basilian Fathers, our co-workers and friends. And welcome to our Sisters from Edmonton.

To all of you, from all of us: Прийміть побажання і молитви наші, до Матері Божої, Покровительки.

May our God who has blessed us all in the past, renew our hearts today, as we pray and celebrate together on this great Feast of the Holy Eucharist.

Sister Martha greeted His Beatitude with a presentation bouquet of red roses, with the following words: “Your Beatitude, please accept these roses as a token of our love and appreciation for coming to visit us here in the country - on the farm, so to say. We are indeed privileged! Be assured of our loyalty, support and prayers, for strength and wisdom as you travel throughout the world. May your presence and leadership help to unite and strengthen us spiritually, as a Ukrainian Catholic People of God. На Многі Літа Блаженніший Владико!”

Photos were then taken, first of the lay staff and friends with his Beatitude and Bishop David, in front of the Statue of St. Joseph, and then a photo with the Sisters. All photos were taken by Brother Stephen Krysak, OSBM and Sister Miriam Golyb, SSMI, from Edmonton, North Side.

The Divine Liturgy followed immediately after photos. Concelebrating with His Beatitude Sviatoslav and Bishop David were: Chancellor Gregory Faryna, Rev. Ignatius Holowaychuk, OSBM, Superior of the Basilian Monastery and Pastor of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish, Mundare, Rev. Daniel Wach, OSBM, Assistant Pastor and Rev. Vincent Prychidko, celebrant from the pew. Brothers George Wawryk and Stephen Krysak, OSBM, also attended the celebrations.

His Beatitude’s homily theme was the Holy Eucharist, the theme of the Feast of this day. Responses to the Divine Liturgy were led by Sister Emmanuela Kharyshyn, SSMI, from Edmonton, North Side.

Following the Divine Liturgy a banquet, buffet style, was served. At the banquet His Beatitude gave a DVD of his patriarchal consecration as gift to the Sisters and the Basilian Fathers.

After the meal the Fathers took His Beatitude to see the Basilian Fathers’ Museum and later, to the former Mary Immaculate Hospital, now Mary Immaculate Continuing Care Centre, where he was greeted by Health Care Officials, Staff and Residents. After a brief tour of the Care Centre, refreshments were served to both visitors and residents. At that time it was possible to talk and visit with His Beatitude on a one-to-one basis.

The following day, His Beatitude celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, in Star-Peno, the first Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada. Sister Martha, Sister Rose Luby and Mrs. Veronica Holowach, resident at St. Joseph’s Home and former parishioner of Assumption parish, attended this Divine Liturgy and the reception that followed.

Addressing the parishioners during his homily, His Beatitude said “It was like I found myself at home.” It reminded him of a normal village in Ukraine. He commented on the first pioneers and the profound necessity to build a place of worship. It was not only a place to meet each other, but a place to receive the Holy Eucharist. He added that the church gave the settlers the strength to put down roots in Canadian soil and produce crops. “God bless you and your families,” he prayed. “May you continue your Christian life and maintain your roots in Star-Peno.”

Submitted by Sr. Ambrose Stachiw

His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk visits the Provincial Home of the Sisters Servants


On Sunday, April 22, 2012, our Provincial home was graced with special guests, our Major Archbishop, His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Bishop Markian Trofimjak, ordinary of Lutsk Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in Ukraine, and Rev. Oleksa Petriv, head of the Department of External Relations of the UGCC.

His Beatitude, Sviatoslav celebrated Divine Liturgy in our chapel, with Bishop Markian and Father Oleh concelebrating. After the Gospel, His Beatitude reflected on the graces of this day: First, it did not escape him that on this Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women, he would be sharing this Divine Liturgy with women who also share the good news of the Resurrection. But also, this year, as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the appointment and arrival of Bl. Martyr Bishop Nykyta Budka as first bishop of Ukrainian Catholics in Canada, and recall that he was sent by Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky, and was greeted on his arrival by a few, but dedicated, missionaries to the Ukrainian people, among them the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate, today, he himself arrives in Canada because of the efforts of Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky, for his first official visit as head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, and here, celebrates his first Divine Liturgy in Canada with the Sisters Servants.

Our three guests had arrived in Canada the day before, to join delegates of other leaders of faith groups in Ukraine in visiting the Canadian Parliament, which was to officially recognize the heroic efforts of the Servant of God, Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky in the rescue of many Jewish people of Ukraine during the Nazi persecutions, and later to attend a similar official recognition in New York.

See press release, or see the video below, as the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, presents his Point of Order of this recognition. (Click the bottom right corner of the image for full screen.)