“Blessed Josaphata, Pray for Us!”

November 24, 2014

On November 20, 2014, a Relic of Blessed Josaphata was placed for veneration at St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church in Winnipeg. People came together to pray, for their personal and family needs. Through her intercession, faithful also prayed for peace and freedom in Ukraine, and throughout the World.

So who really was Blessed Josaphata?

Sister Josaphata Hordashevska was born Michaelina Hordashevska in the year 1869 in the city of Lviv, where she lived until 1919, when she was called to the Lord. She was a Ukrainian Greek Catholic sister, the first member of the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate. At the age of 18, she first chose to consecrate her life to God in a contemplative monastery of St. Basil the Great, the only Eastern-rite congregation for women. However, at that time, Fr. Jeremiah Lomnitsky, a Basilian, decided to establish a women's congregation that focused on the active apostolic life, and Michaelina was asked to be the first member and superior of the order. In June 1892, she was sent to the Roman Catholic community of the Felician Sisters to experience consecrated life in an active apostolic congregation. Two months later Michaelina returned to Lviv and, on 24 August, took the religious habit of the new Congregation and received the name Josaphata, in honor of the Ukrainian Catholic martyr, Saint Josaphat Kuntsevych. Being the first superior of the young sisters, she trained them in the spirit and charism of the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate: “serve your people where the need is greatest.” In 1914, Mother Josaphata was diagnosed with tuberculosis of the bone. In 1919, at the age of 49 and on the day she had predicted, she died amidst terrible suffering. Her mortal remains were exhumed in 1982 and taken to Rome, where they are kept in a reliquary in the Generalate Motherhouse of the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate in Rome. The process of her beatification began in Rome in 1983 and on June 27, 2001 she was beatified by Pope John Paul II in Lviv. Numerous miracles are ascribed due to her intercession after her death.

“Blessed Josaphata, Pray for Us!”

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