The Power of Prayer
“Avery was born 6 weeks premature with cerebral dysgenesis. An MRI was done when the baby was two days old, a videoscopy was performed when she was 5 weeks old. Avery was not able to feed, could not swallow. A tube was inserted into her stomach for gravity feeds, and she was sent home, with little hope of survival. She needed 24-hour care. A friend of the family suggested they pray for Avery’s recovery through the intercession of Blessed Josaphata. Other people joined the family in this petition.On November 14, 2001, little Avery, her parents, grandmother and friends came to pray in the novitiate chapel of the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate, before the relic of Blessed Josaphata. Together with Sister Theresa Matwe, the faith-filled group prayed spontaneously for 45 minutes. Avery held the relic in her hands and kissed it. They all had full faith in the healing grace of Blessed Josaphata. Shortly after, Avery began to recover. By 2004, Avery had no more need for suctioning in over a year. The doctors were amazed. The parents are convinced that Blessed Josaphata interceded for their little Avery.” (Winnipeg, MB, Canada, 2001)
“I was diagnosed with cancer and the doctor ordered a radical mastectomy. I prayed to Blessed Josaphata and asked the Sisters to pray. Now 12 years later I am cancer free. My grandson was diagnosed with diabetes at 13 months. He was near death. I prayed to Blessed Josaphata and asked the Sisters to pray. He survived that near-death crisis and is now a bouncy little boy.” (Brantford, ON, Canada, 2004)
“My teenage daughter ran away from home. I prayed constantly to Blessed Josaphata that she keep my daughter safe. My daughter returned home of her own accord. She had lived at the Home Crisis Shelter.” (Guelph, ON, Canada, 2004)
“My daughter went into deep depression. She hadn’t gone out of the house for months. Someone gave me Blessed Josaphata’s prayer card. I started to pray for her intercession on behalf of my daughter, and very soon after my daughter went out – first time in months, and is feeling much better. There is power in prayer. Please send me some prayer cards so I can give them out to my friends.” (Brooklyn, NY, USA, 2004)
“We received a prayer card of Blessed Josaphata from the Sisters and we started to pray for my sister who had been psychologically ill for several years. A miracle happened; her character changed completely. She became a normal, happy person again. We thank God and Blessed Josaphata.” (Winnipeg, MB, Canada, 2003)
“I felt a sudden acute pain in my leg. I could hardly make it to the chapel. In the chapel we had decorated an Icon of Blessed Josaphata as we always did for her commemoration on the 7th of each month. I said to Josaphata: I entrust this leg to you, do something! When I awoke from my sleep during the following night I felt no pain at all. To this day I am alright. I always pray to Blessed Josaphata in all my needs.” (Sr. Sofia, SSMI, USA, August 6, 2004)
“I was 5 months pregnant, and after a hard day at school (May 10, 2001) I felt a lot of pain. The doctor gave me three injections to strengthen the baby’s lungs and told me that I should avoid any heavy work, to try to keep the child until at least the 7th month, because it was not completely formed. However, for the next 4 days I continued to have much pain. Sr. Luiza told me about Blessed Josaphata and she had all her kindergarten children and the teachers praying for me, and told me to pray too. We all started to pray, all my family.On May 15, 2001 our daughter, Sofia, was born. She weighed 650 grams [less than 1 1/2 lb]. No one thought that she would live. We continually prayed to Blessed Josaphata to intercede for Sofia. On the third day the respirator was removed and the baby started to breathe on her own. On May 25 she started to take my milk – a drop a day. Today Sofia is a beautiful, healthy little girl.” (Llavallol, Argentina, 2001)
“We wanted to adopt a baby, but the waiting list in Buenos Aires was very long. We asked the Sisters to pray for our intention. All the Sisters Servants in Argentina started to pray through the intercession of Blessed Josaphata, and we also prayed. In a few weeks a very poor mother in Jardin America was going to have a baby, but was too poor to keep it, so she decided to give it up for adoption. The Sisters notified us, and when the baby was delivered, we officially adopted it. We called our adopted son Nazareno Emmanuel. We are sincerely grateful to Blessed Josaphata for her intercession.” (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2003)
“I woke up from a dream – two nuns were telling me that my mom would be OK. I started to pray to Blessed Josaphata for my mother. In the morning I phoned my mother. Before I could tell her about my dream, she told me of how the vehicle that she was driving could have killed her, as the column almost broke, which would have rolled the car. By the grace of God, she arrived home, travelling at 2 miles an hour. My prayers were answered through the intercession of Blessed Josaphata. She notified me to pray for my mother.” (USA, October 11, 2001)
“I am writing to acknowledge that through the intercession of Blessed Josaphata, my prayers have been answered – for the recovery from a bypass surgery of my daughter. The recovery was very speedy. Before surgery there was skepticism on the part of the doctors that her life would be threatened. We are very grateful for the intercessory prayers of Blessed Josaphata.” (USA, 2002)
“The grace of Sister Josaphata has brought a miraculous fortune on my family. The story, although it primarily relates to business, clearly shows the influence that our prayers bring through the intercession of Sister Josaphata.In 2001, I started a company in aviation and computer technology. The September 11, 2001 tragic incident devastated the aviation industry and ruined all our prospects for contracts. The partners were unwilling to try any further. A possible legal battle was about to spring from these negotiations. The registration of my business was to expire in 24 hours. My wife and I continued to pray through the intercession of Blessed Josaphata. That day we received a call from Boeing, the largest aerospace business in the world; they wanted us to do a project for them. We renewed our registration. We thank Blessed Josaphata for her help!” (Edmonton, AB, Canada, 2003)
“I have two daughters, aged 20 and 5. The little one goes to the Sisters’ kindergarten school. I developed a tumour on my spleen and needed surgery. I was very apprehensive about the outcome of this surgery and began to worry about my little girl if I should die. My friend gave me a prayer card to Blessed Josaphata and told me about her. I began to pray fervently to her asking her to intercede for me. Thank God, my surgery was successful. From then on, Blessed Josaphata became my inseparable, heavenly friend. She is always near me.” (Argentina, 2005)
“My married son wanted to leave his wife and two small children for the sake of another woman he had met. We pleaded with him, and the children wept bitterly, but nothing moved him. One day in church, I received a holy card of Blessed Josaphata with a prayer for her intercession. We all fervently begged her to help our son overcome his temptation. In only a very short time, he suddenly came to his senses, and begged forgiveness of his wife and children, and all of his entire family. We cannot thank Blessed Josaphata enough for her powerful intercession.” (Ukraine, 2003)
“Three years ago I had a very bad car accident and was in a coma for 16 days. My friend continuously begged Blessed Josaphata to cure me. On the 16th day the doctor was ready to pull the plug on the life support system which was not giving many positive results. He had prepared my daughter for the consequences. The time set for this was 5:00 pm; at 4:00 pm I began to move my fingers and toes. At 4:45 I regained consciousness and began to speak. I know all this came about because of the holy Josaphata Hordashevska. Some time after I visited the Sisters and they told me her life story.” (Ukraine, 2003)
“I injured my back to such an extent that I couldn’t continue working as a nurse. I prayed to Blessed Josaphata to help me find a job which would not be as strenuous as regular nursing. Within two weeks I found a job – companion work – helping seniors: light housekeeping, transporting to wherever they need to go, etc. God is good.” (Rochester, NY, USA, 2002)
“I prayed to Blessed Josaphata that my son would meet a good Ukrainian Catholic girl. He is now dating a kind, good girl, whose family and she worship at our parish.” (Winnipeg, MB, Canada, 2004)
“When I graduated from High School I wanted to enter a novitiate. My parents were against it, and registered me at the university. For two and a half years I studied in law school. Then when I was 22 years old I entered without my parents consent. My Father said I was not worthy to be called his daughter. He would not answer my phone calls. My mother was also against it, but not so vehemently. When the relics of Blessed Josaphata arrived in Argentina, I was the first to hold them – I asked Blessed Josaphata that my father relent and phone me that night. When we returned home, I received a phone call from my father! My parents are now a great support in my religious life. Now I’m studying Pedagogy at the university.” (Jardin America, Argentina, 2002)
“I am a dairy farmer. We had a bad drought and my corn crop was hurting. I prayed for rain through the intercession of Blessed Josaphata. It rained for about an hour. We had the best corn crop in Orange County. The other farmers could not believe their eyes. In winter of 2002 a cow had a growth on an eye lid the size of a fist. For 2 months I prayed through the intercession of Sister Josaphata and the eye lid became completely normal. The vet said it was cancer.” (Rock Tavern, USA, 2004)
“I work contract work, and was in need of a job. My prayer through the intercession of Blessed Josaphata was answered. I received a better job than requested. I continue to pray to Josaphata.” (Toronto, ON, Canada, 2002)
“I thank God and Blessed Josaphata for answering our prayers. My husband has been offered a wonderful job after months of unemployment.” (Edmonton, AB, Canada, 2002)
“For many years we were trying to sell a home in a small rural community, left us by my mother. Two years ago, the home was acquired from us fraudulently and the action caused us extensive repairs and high legal costs. The case is now before the criminal courts. We put the house on sale again, but no one made any offers; it was then that we thought of Blessed Josaphata and began to pray through her intercession. In two days the house was sold, and we were able to pay up all our debts. We hope this information will contribute to Blessed Josaphata’s canonization and will serve as a small thank you to her from us.” (Edmonton, AB, Canada, 2003)
“I pray to the Blessed Trinity, thanking for the beatification of Blessed Josaphata, I immediately feel a strength, a warmth, a love and a help in my problems.” (Ukraine, 2005)
“I married past my child-bearing age. I wished very much to adopt a child and prayed to Blessed Josaphata to find one for me. Today, I have a lovely 13-year old girl and am fulfilling my promise to publicly acknowledge Sister Josaphata’s intercession in this case.” (Ukraine, 2003)
“Whenever I am agitated and not at peace within my soul, or when I am concerned about my children, I pray to Blessed Josaphata, and always through her intercession, I receive back my peace of soul. I believe that she is in Heaven glorifying and praising God.” (Ukraine, 2002)
Our Lord assures us, “Ask and it will be given you, …” (Mt. 7:7) but often, we need the help of trusted friends to support us in our requests. Those who stand before the Lord face to face are just such friends. Blessed Josaphata has been asked by many to pray for them – and they have received what they asked. You also are invited to submit your prayer intentions, for which the Sisters across Canada will pray, through the intercession of their Foundress.
Due to the sensitive nature that intentions may have, we ask that you not include the surname, or any other indicator that may violate the privacy of the person/people for whom you are requesting prayers. Whatever you wish to share of yourself is welcome, name, location, or email address if you wish, but your privacy will also be honoured; please indicate in your email. Our webSister also reserves the right to edit what may be deemed inappropriate for posting therefore not all requests are posted.
Updates will be posted, if received, and will be removed when deemed appropriate. If no update is offered by the requester, the intention will be removed on its anniversary at the latest. If you still don’t see your request posted, please check your own email. The webSister may have a question for you, before she posts.
You are invited to pray to the members of the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate Community Triumphant, our Blesseds, and Servants of God, for whom causes for canonization have begun. Click on a link for an ecclesially approved prayer through their intercession.
Feast Days special to the SSMI
Feasts and Commemorations of the Community
- November 20
- Feast of Blessed Josaphata
- July 18
- Feast of Blessed Martyr Tarsykia
- February 16
- Unofficial Day of Commemoration of the Servant of God Anatolia
- February 28
- Unofficial Day of Commemoration of the Servant of God Ambrosia
- May 1
- Feast of St. Jeremiah, unofficial commemoration
- Patron of the Servant of God Jeremiah Lomnytskyj
- March 18
- Feast of St. Cyril of Jerusalem, unofficial commemoration
- Patron of the Servant of God Kyrylo Seletskyj
Feasts of the Church special to the SSMI
- March 25
- Feast of Annunciation of Our Lord
- day of Bl. Josaphata’s passing to Eternity (Gregorian)
- August 15
- Feast of Dormition of the Mother of God,
- day of our Founding (Gregorian)
- December 9
- Feast of Immaculate Conception,
- patronal feast of the SSMI
Patronal Feasts of the SSMI Provinces
- Last Sunday of October
- Feast of Christ the King,
- (Canadian Province)
- November 8
- Feast of St. Michael
- (Brazilian Province)
- November 12
- Feast of St. Josaphat
- (Argentinian Delegature)
- December 9
- Feast of Immaculate Conception
- (American Province)
- March 19
- Feast of St. Joseph (RC)
- (Serbian Province)
- Seventh Sunday after Easter
- (Slovak Province)
- Third Saturday after Pentecost
- Feast of Sorrowful Mother of God
- (Ukrainian Province)
- June 27
- Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
- (Polish Province)
Please pray for all celebrating Theophany, that Holy Spirit through the prayers of their pastors come down with extra Fire and warm the water for body and soul! May it bring a new creation in the water, to all gathered and those immersing, those praying and out into four corners of the earth! Lord save us to bring You Glory!
I ask you with heartfelt prayers for the gift of motherhood for Viviana, my son’s wife, happily married for three years, who long for the breath of a life in their family . I ask you to remember them in your prayers. It is the cry of love of father and mother who ask for help and believe in the power of prayer. May the Lord bless you and fill you with many graces. In God … for God … with God .
Dear Sisters, please pray for Ricky who has had surgery to remove a brain tumor and is now beginning chemotherapy. Please pray for successful treatment and that he will be blessed with good health and a happy future with his wife who lovingly supports him. We also pray that his parents and siblings will be sustained as they anguish about this challenge.
Please pray for Aaron’s mother, who is quite elderly and needing heart valve surgery.
Aaron’s brother also needs prayers because he is caught up in a sinful lifestyle and is very very far away from the church. And please pray for James, who is still recovering from cancer treatment…these in addition to my previous intentions. With thanks
Please pray for inner peace, health and for forgiveness. I was recently assaulted, hurt and my car was stolen. The person who did this was known to me. I have had such a difficult few years. I clothed, fed, supported and took care of him and now I have felt I have been violated. Pray that I can move on, forget and live in the light and peace. That he comes to realize that he HAS done wrong. That my car returns. Thanks to Sr. Terese Matwe for reaching out. Love you all. I am hurting so much.
For Crystal and her surgery tomorrow; BP’s therapy; for Bishop B that he rightly impart the Word of Truth, defend the Faith and his sheep and strength to serve all those growing needs; for prayerful preparation for a little cave in our unworthy hearts to receive the King the Kings. Thanks, Sisters, and Blessed Josaphata, in advance! Update: BP’s therapy shows signs of healing. RP thanks for prayers. Do offer prayers of thanksgiving and further healing. – WS, January 15, 2020
Dear sisters, if it is possible, I would like to ask you for your prayer for the restoration of love in relationship of young couple (my brother) with a little child, going through really serious crisis (year lasting love affair on the side of woman and cooling of her love)… Only Lord can help… Please pray also for much strength for my brother and my niece, she is very sensitive, I am afraid of her. Thank you very much! God bless you!
Please pray for the wounded Catholic Church in the USA; for the soul of Maria who has died on October 13th of this year; for Galina, who has been diagnosed with lymphatic and pancreatic cancer, but has not availed herself of the sacraments; for Oksana as she struggles with grief, that she turn the Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament; for God’s sustaining love and mercy for Yuri and Elizabeth ; for the discernment of my own vocation; for the complete healing from my various surgeries; for Velia, who is struggling as a single parent to Andrew and for his emotional healing; for Ivanka that she find work, and trust in God to sustain her; for the greater financial support of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, and for all their staff and families.