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

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

Христос Рождається! Let us Praise Him!

December 22nd, 2020|Community News|

Once again, we come together to celebrate Christ’s Birth, to rejoice, to thank God for the marvellous gift, His Son. In all our SSMI Homes throughout the Province we are united in singing ‘God Eternal is Born’, in tasting bread and honey. This year’s celebrations differ from other years, where, through the pandemic, all around, we encounter some loneliness, uncertainty, fear. But Christmas brings a consolation: we are not alone as we travel. In this year of the pandemic, God invites us to keep a

60 years of Religious Life – A Double Celebration!

December 10th, 2020|Community News|

Sister Doloretta Shalagan, managed to mark her 60th anniversary in religious life twice during 2020.  The first celebration was on August 8, 2020 at the Sisters’ home in Mundare, Alberta.  For the festivities, the sisters were joined by one special guest from outside their community, Bishop David Motiuk from the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Edmonton. The second celebration for Sister Doloretta was on November 6th when Jackie Armstrong-Homeniuk MLA for the Vegreville/Fort Saskatchewan

Sister Eugenia Mary Stefaniuk, SSMI 1935-2020

November 30th, 2020|In Memoriam|

Sister Eugenia Mary Stefaniuk, after a brief struggle with her health, died peacefully on 26 November 2020, at Bethany Home in Winnipeg, MB, living with purpose till her last breath.  Born - 11 August 1935Entered -  30 June 1957Clothing Day - 12 January 1958First Vows - 13 January 1960Final Vows - 15 August 1965Death - 26 November 2020 Mary (Sister Eugenia) was born to Nicholas and Tatianna (nee Ben) on August 11, 1935, in Melville, SK, and grew up in Kelliher, SK. Her father was

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