The Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate

Beauty and Holiness in the Needlework of Many Faiths

Sacred Stitches, October 25 - November 1, 2013: An Ecumenical Event

“Sacred Stitches”, a multi-faith exhibit of ecclesiastical embroideries and textile art was held in the nave of St. James Anglican Cathedral in Toronto, from October 25th to November 1. Included were items from the Coptic, United, Lutheran, Catholic, Russian Orthodox, and Anglican Churches, as well as from synagogues, mosques and temples of the Buddhist faith.

The Ecclesiastical Needlework Committee, of the Anglican Diocese of Toronto, the initiators of this exhibit, is a group of Anglican Church Women who meet weekly to create liturgical textiles for local parishes. In 2013, ENC celebrated its 100th anniversary. The exhibit was to mark this occasion.


Among those contributing to the exhibit was our own liturgical arts department. Sister Anne Marie Kozakewich, ssmi, director of our vestry department, lent a collapsible episcopal miter, her original design, and photos of episcopal vestments and other pieces. Sister Victoria Hunchak, ssmi, our archivist, also provided a photo of “Sewing Vestments”, of the SSMI Centenary Series by Jeanette Shewchuk, and prepared a brief article on the history of our Congregation, and offering information on our liturgical arts ministry. She was also our liaison to the exhibit committee.

The Sacred Stitches event was in two parts. The particular contributions of th ENC were displayed in the archive room in the Cathedral Center, while the guest contributions, including those of our Sisters, were displayed in the Cathedral itself, curated by the Cathedral Archivist, Nancy Mallett.

Srs. Victoria and Anne Marie, with Provincial Superior, Sister Patricia Lacey, were invited to an exclusive pre-opening event, on October 23, 2013, with greetings given by the Anglican rector, a rabbi and an imam, all of whom extolled the beauty of liturgical arts and its role in worship. The exhibit honoured not only the works of liturgical arts, but also, and more importantly, the creators of this art, who are mainly women.

For more photos, see the website of the Anglican Foundation of Canada, a proud supporter of this multi-faith, ecclesiastical celebration.