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Sister Mary Basil Kunanec, SSMI 1931 – 2021

September 15th, 2021|In Memoriam|

Sr. Mary Basil Kunanec went home to her eternal reward on 9 September 2021, in Holy Family Home, Winnipeg, MB at 90 years of age and 70 years in religious life. Mary Kunanec was born on 17 August 1931 in Wolverine, SK, near Saskatoon, the fifth of six surviving children (three died in infancy) of Dmytro and Maria (nee Kunanec). Her parents had immigrated to Canada from Yavoriv, Ukraine, in the late 1920s with their sons Emil and Robert (Roman). Their eldest son Volodymyr remained in Ukraine due

Time for Prayer and Reflection

July 23rd, 2021|Community News|

The Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate in Mundare Alberta, gathered as a community along with three lay people to participate in a Retreat.  From June 27th to July 4th, 2021, Bishop David Motiuk lead the group with presentations and time for prayer and reflection focusing on the theme “A Journey with St. Peter, Sinner to Saint”.  The presentations were excellent.  The retreat was a profound experience for all those that participated. The group photo features from left to right:Sh

Sister Marianne Olha Telenko, SSMI 1924 – 2021

July 8th, 2021|In Memoriam|

Sr. Marianne Telenko passed away peacefully with her sister, Sr. Elicia Telenko, Sr. Andrea and caregiver Maria by her side on June 30, 2021, at Bethany Home in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was 96 years old, with 76 years in religious life. Olha was born on August 6, 1924, to John Telenko and Katherine (nee Rakobowchuk). Her parents immigrated from Ukraine, met in Montreal and married in 1911. Olha had four sisters and six brothers. Her faith filled-family was very involved in the Montreal Ukrainian

Sister Esther Maria Kurylo, SSMI 1929 – 2021

July 8th, 2021|In Memoriam|

Sister Esther Kurylo died on 2 July 2021 at Providence Centre in Edmonton, AB, at 92 years of age and with 74 years of religious life. Sister Esther (Maria) was born in Waskatenau, AB, on 25 May 1929, the daughter of Harry (Hryhorij) Kurylo and Eva Koziak, and baptized at Holy Cross Church in Skaro, on 30 June 1929. She was the third of ten children, six of whom lived to adulthood. Her junior high education was completed at Sheptytsky School in Delph, AB, and high school at Sacred Heart Academy,

Responding to God’s Call – A Life-Long Source of Joy

June 30th, 2021|Community News|

On Saturday, June 27, 2021, the Sisters in Toronto and the area gathered together in the Provincial Home for a special celebration.  Three Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate marked significant milestones in their commitment to responding to God’s call. The celebration honored the Jubilees of:Sr. Florentine Smysniuk (75 years as a Sister)Sr. Ambrose Stachiw (70 years as a Sister)Sr. Teresa Lesyk (65 years as a Sister) Father Bohdan Swystun celebrated Divine Liturgy in Sisters’ Chapel. Befor

Jean Piché Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from the Catholic Health Alliance of Canada

May 27th, 2021|Community News|

We are blessed in Canada to have the leaders who win the Lifetime Achievement Award, because they give us a sustained career long dedication to Mission that helps to build our ministry of healing over time, and that means we are able to reach more of the people who need us… and there are, as you know, always more people who need us. On behalf of the Catholic Health Alliance of Canada, I am delighted to highlight the servant leadership of Mr. Jean Piché of Winnipeg, Manitoba. The whole of Jean 30

SSMI Novitiate Relocated

May 14th, 2021|Community News|

On April 25, 2021, Bishop David Motiuk joined the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate community in Mundare, Alberta for a celebration to “officially open” their Novitiate.  Following the Divine Liturgy, Bishop David welcomed Sister Anne Pidskalny the Directress, and the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate candidate Shelley Mackie.  As part of the ceremony Bishop David blessed them, the Novitiate and the classroom.  The event truly was a wonderful celebration of the Sisters returni

Easter Message

March 31st, 2021|Community News|

ХРИСТОС ВОСКРЕС! Let all creation celebrate the Resurrection of Christ!In Him is the firm foundation of all things. ~ Paschal Matins The dawn of Easter / Velykden announces Christ’s Victory. Usually, victory is accompanied with colourful and loud fanfare, with processions and music … but Christ’s Victory comes in a different manner, it comes unobtrusively, engendering freshness, gentleness, and profound peace. Encountering the resurrected Lord, our hearts burn within us. Today’s world is loud. C

A Dear Friend Remembered

February 23rd, 2021|Community News|

On Saturday, February 20, 2021, Bishop David Motiuk visited the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate community in Mundare, Alberta, during which time blessed a new chalice, diskos and star.  These beautiful Liturgical Vessels were received from the Knights of Columbus – St. Stephen Assembly #2522 from Calgary.  When a member of the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree passes away, the Assembly traditionally will gift the widow with a chalice.  On December 1, 2020, Sir Knight Nestor Sh

SSMI Honoured as Recipient of Manitoba 150 Women Trailblazer Award

February 2nd, 2021|Community News|

Over a year ago the Lubov SSMI Foundation submitted a nomination for the Manitoba 150 Women Trailblazer Award set out by the Nellie McClung Foundation. The award recognizes the spirit of Nellie McClung’s life’s work being advanced by women leaders of today or throughout Manitoba’s history. The SSMI has been selected to receive recognition as one of the Manitoba 150 Women Trailblazer award recipients. The award was recently announced with all the other recipients on January 28th in the Winnipeg F

God’s Call is Ageless

January 7th, 2021|Community News|

On December 24, 2020 Shelley Mackie formally made her commitment to join the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate.  The ceremony of acceptance was held at the Bethany Home Chapel in Winnipeg.  Shelley’s path to this moment in her life was an unexpected journey.  Shelley making her commitment Shelley grew up in rural Manitoba and feels blessed to have been surrounded by her family with deep roots of faith and love.  Her mother was Ukrainian Catholic however as a family they wer

Greetings from Mundare Alberta

December 31st, 2020|Community News|

Христос Рождається! Greetings and warm wishes for a healthy, safe and hopeful new year.From the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate – Mundare, Alberta.Christ is Born! Glorify Him! Bishop David Motiuk, Bishop for the Eparchy of Edmonton, Sr. Laura Prokop, Sr. Stephanie Olynyk, Sr. Doloretta Shalagan, Sr. Yvonne Stadnyk

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