March 18, 2018


Sister Nathanael Preyma, SSMI died peacefully on March 17th at approximately 11:15 PM at the Sisters' Bethany Home near Holy Family Home Winnipeg. Sr. Darleane Pelechaty wanted the faithful to know that Sr. Natanael's passing came after a long and valiant struggle with illness. Sr. Nathanael will be remembered for many things, but certainly for her particular ministry of sewing vestments for the Church. It is almost certain that Sr. Nathanael had a hand in most of the vestments that have been worn by all the clergy of Manitoba at one time or another.

Funeral services will take place from St. Nicholas parish church in Winnipeg (737 Bannerman Avenue) beginning at 10:00 AM

Interment will take place at Holy Family Cemetery and a funeral luncheon 'tryzna' will take place at the parish hall back at St. Nicholas. All are welcome.

Sister Christine Syrotynsky, SSMI, the Provincial Superior of the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate in Canada, in her internal notice by which she informed the Sisters of the community across Canada that Sr. Nathanael's had died, she wrote, "I wish to inform you that SISTER NATHANAEL NATALIA PREYMA fell asleep in the Lord at Bethany Home, Winnipeg, MB on 17 March, 2018 at the age of 95 years, with 80 years in Religious Life. Please pray for our departed Sister as our Constitution requires. May her memory be eternal. "Christ is my Strength - my Lord and my God!"


Excerpts from Sr. Nathanael's words of gratitude at her 75th anniversary as a religious Sister (she went on to serve another 5 years as a Nun in her order):

"When I think to myself that I have been a Sister Servant for [so many] years, I wonder how come the time has gone by so fast. I am so grateful to Jesus who has asked me to follow him by being a Sister. He has been so faithful in giving me the strength to serve our Church. There are so many wonderful memories of people who have touched my life. I think of the many parishes, cities, towns and villages, the many children and catechism classes, the many vestments sewn, the many funerals I have attended, the many visits that these feet have walked. Today I am so grateful to God... I want you to know that I love you and pray for you. I pray you all know how much Jesus loves and cares for you and how precious you are to me and to God.

Слава Ісусу Христу!"

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