What was once only a dream soon will become a reality and a lasting monument to the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate
December 9, 2015
On Sunday November 15, 2015, Very Rev. Father Oleg Bodnarski celebrated Divine Liturgy at the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection in Dauphin. This Liturgy was offered for the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate who through their compassion dedicated their lives to the care of St.Paul’s Nursing Home, its residents and the Parish and the community at large. Three Sisters, Sister Jean of Dauphin, and Sister Darlene and Sister Andrea of Winnipeg were in attendance.
Following the Service a delicious brunch was held in the church auditorium, sponsored by the Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League. This event was initiated by the various children’s groups of the Parish: Children of Mary, Catechism, Altar Servers and Youth. These young people were eager to do their part to help the Sisters raise funds for this Statue of Compassion which is slated to be ready by early or mid-summer of 2016.
Pre-brunch musical entertainment was provided by Marvin & Mary Procyshyn and Manuel Nakonechny
MC Helen Rolla welcomed all in attendance and invited Father Oleg to offer the opening prayer and Blessing.
After the brunch Sister Darlene Pelechaty from Winnipeg spoke on behalf of all the Sisters and gave words of encouragement and thanks to Sister Jean for becoming part of the Dauphin Bronze Statue Project in developing an SSMI recognition of Sisters’ contribution to the foundation upon which Dauphin was built. When the Sisters are no longer here this will be a fitting reminder of the work they had done in this area since their arrival in 1902.
Mayor Eric Erwin brought greetings on behalf of the City of Dauphin. He thanked and congratulated the Sisters for their contribution and dedicated service in the community.
Mary Procyshyn presented a list of donors from different church groups, businesses and organizations who donated generously and offered words of encouragement for this project. As Sister Jean accepted the generosity of the donors she thanked all those who were present and those who could not attend, for their help in realizing what was once only a dream but will soon become a reality and a lasting monument to the Sisters. Sister Jean was overwhelmed at the wonderful and positive response of the community towards this unique project.
More entertainment followed: Dawson Federowich did a lively Ukrainian dance solo. The Children’s catechism choir under the direction of Pamela Nowasad-Federowich sang two hymns to Mary the Mother of God.
Eric Tyshinski presented a well-documented summary of the history of the SSMI and shared some of the spiritual revival made within the community through the influence of the Sisters Servants. Kay Slobodzian offered a tribute to the Sisters by reading a poem she wrote entitled “Compassion.” The choir closed the gathering with a Hymn to Mary, Gentle Woman.
Program Chair, Holly Slobodzian-Plustwa expressed her sincere appreciation and thank you to everyone who attended and/or contributed funds, to the children who had the fundraising idea, and to all who helped in whatever way they could. Approximately $12000 was raised at the brunch. All proceeds were turned over to the SSMI to help fund the cost of the statue. Anyone interested in contributing to this Statue of Compassion can mail a check to: Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate, St. Paul’s Home, 703 Jackson Street, Dauphin MB R7N 2N2. All donations, will be greatly appreciated. Donations $20 and more are tax deductible.
Submitted by Mary Procyshyn