Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate

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

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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

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Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate – Provincial Chapter

October 13th, 2022|Community News|

From August 3-10, 2022, the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate from Christ the King Province (Canada) met for Chapter at Mount Mary Retreat Centre in Ancaster ON. This was a gathering of 27 Sisters from across Canada. Our facilitator was Fr. John M. Malazdrewich, OMI, who provided compassionate leadership during our deliberations. We re-elected Provincial Superior Sr. Christina Syrotynska for a second 5 year term, and also an entirely new Provincial Council consisting of  Sr. Patricia

Sister Andrea Helen Kruk 1931-2022

September 26th, 2022|In Memoriam|

Sister Andrea Helen Kruk, Sister Servant of Mary Immaculate, passed away at Bethany Home, Winnipeg, MB on 09 June 2022, having lived 91 years, with 62 years in religious life. Helen Kruk was born on 12 March 1931, in Winnipeg, MB, daughter of Peter Kruk and Mary, nee Martyn. Her parents met in the Sokal region of Ukraine. They immigrated separately in 1928, planning to reunite. They married in Winnipeg, in 1930, raising three children, Helen, Irene and Myron. They were faithful members of the Ca

A Celebration in Perth, Australia

July 11th, 2022|Community News|

Sunday June26,2022 St. John The Baptist Parish in Perth Australia, was the scene of three events, St John the Baptist Praznyk, Solemn Communion and Farewell to Sister Nicodema (Muriel) Zemliak SSMI for her 20 years of service in Perth Community. Hierarchical Divine Liturgy was celebrated by Bishop Mykola Bychok C.Ss.R. At the close of the Liturgy Bishop Mykola Bychok read a (Hromota) in appreciation to Sister Nicodema SSMI for her many years of dedicated service in the Cathol

Sister Elicia Anne Telenko, SSMI 1930-2022

May 31st, 2022|In Memoriam|

Sr. Elicia Telenko passed away peacefully May 20, 2022, at Bethany Home in Winnipeg, Manitoba, at 91 years of age and 73 years in religious life.            Anne was born on November 22, 1930. Her parents, John and Katherine (nee Rakobowchuk), had immigrated from Ukraine, and married in Montreal QC. She was the youngest of eleven children.             Anne’s parents were o

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