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The General Chapter body spent most of this Saturday, the sixth day of the Chapter, working through about 50 proposals received from members of the Order from all of our units.

Day five of the XI General Chapter was begun with matins followed by the Divine Liturgy. The Liturgy was celebrated in Romanian by Fr. Vasile Man, Vice Rector of the Collegio Pio Romeno and the responses were sung by the Sisters from Romania.

As each day the Chapter Body began with prayer. Each day a different language group guides the prayers. Today was the Osijek, Croatia group.

The third day of the General Chapter was begun with matins in honor of St. Anthony of the Kyivan Caves, who is commemorated today on our liturgical calendar.

As the second day of the General Chapter began, the Sisters focused on "Desires, Dreams and Hopes." The central image was the official logo (see attached) and the theme of the XI General Chapter - "New Wine in New Wineskins." Members of the Chapter Body discussed their thoughts on these in five language groups and also in interest groups before sharing their ideas in the total assembly.

The Sisters of the Order of Saint Basil the Great are holding their XI General Chapter in Rome, Italy from July 8 to July 19, 2019.

On June 20, 2019 within the walls of the Papal Oriental Institute in Rome, in the school of canon law , Sister Mahdalyna Vytvytska, OSBM defended her doctoral dissertation on the topic of “Diakonia and autonomy of monastic sisters based on the example of the Order of Saint Basil the Great in accord with Canon 415 of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches”.

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