November 18, 2018


On Saturday, 17 November 2018, three long-serving Sisters of the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate (Згромадження Сестер Служебниць Непорочної Діви Марії) were blessed and acknowledged by their community and by the wider Church that they served for so many years - and continue to do so!

On behalf of the Church that is grateful for the multifaceted service of the Sisters Servants in Canada since 1902, the Archbishop of Winnipeg, Metropolitan Lawrence Huculak, OSBM, celebrate a Liturgy of thanksgiving and blessing. He expressed his thanks to the Sisters and especially to the jubilarians that have served the Faithful of Canada for many years and in so many ways - "wherever the need is greatest". The Sisters' Canadian Provincial Superior, St. Christina Syrotynsky, from Toronto, came to participate in the celebrations and she brought greeting on behalf of all the Sisters both in Canada and from their General Home in Rome.

The three 'jubilarians' are Sister Carmela Lukey, SSMI who has now been in the order for 65 years, Sister Elicia Telenko, SSMI who has served for 70 years and Sr. Hilary Lenyk, SSMI who has been serving as a religious sister for 75 years

The Sisters Servants were founded in Ukraine in 1892 with Blessed Josaphata (Hordashevska) as the first Sister. The congregation has grown to serve the Ukrainian Catholic Faithful in over a dozen countries to the present day.

May the good Lord continue to richly bless the Sisters in their Apostolate. May they, and therefore our Church, be blessed with many more vocations of women choosing to live the consecrated life within their Congregation.

Na Mnohaya Lita Sisters Carmela, Elicia and Hilary!

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