On May 21, 2016 Mother Dia Stasiuk, OSBM, General Superior, and Sister Nazariya Mykhaylyuk, OSBM, General Councillor, opened the Canonical Visitation of the Mother of God Province, in Presov, Slovakia at their Provinicial Monastery, where the majority of Sisters reside. The Sisters also live and minister in Medzilaborce, Svidnik and Bardejov.
In all their monasteries, the Sisters pray the Divine Office: Matins, Hours, Vespers and participate in the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. Every community of Sisters differs with the gifts and talents they have and share with one another in community, as well as, sharing with other communities and with the people they encounter. The Sisters also actively participate in a variety of Church activities in parishes, eparchies and with different communities.
Basilian Sisters in Presov administer a High School for Medical Studies, work with student borders, minister in the Metropolia, and organize summer camps, which currently focus on Ukrainian children suffering from the effects of war. Sisters also minister to those Sisters needing assistance or are elderly in the monastery, work in the kitchen, in the garden, take care of the monastery, sew, etc.
In the Annunciation convent in Medzilaborce live four Sisters. This convent is designated as the House for Postulants, of which the Sisters currently have one young woman. The Sisters work in school and, at times, assist in the parish. They also sew vestments and are engaged with a newly-started group of the Third Order of the Basilians Sisters. The Sisters minister to one another in their daily needs.
Basilian Sisters in Svidnik began their community life during the “underground” times. Today the small community of three Sisters are involved in a variety of ministries: one working in a hospital, another writing icons at the monastery, a third Sister teaching in school and organizing retreats for members of the Thrid Order of the Basilian Sisters and for others upon request. Such a variety of ministries develops from gifts and talents bestowed upon the Sisters by the Holy Spirit.
The Community of Basilian Sisters in the Bardejov convent is made up of ten Sisters of various age groups. The older Sisters living here were inspired by their foremothers, Sisters living during the years of the underground Church, and attribute their vocations to examples of those Sisters. Today these elderly Sisters are living witnesses of God’s hand in the history of Basilian Sisters in Slovakia and a serve as “living cornerstone” for the younger Sisters in the community. In Bardejov the Sisters minister as catechists to the ethnic group Roma and, as a result, have vocations from their families to their Basilian Province. Our Lord has called this group of Sisters in a very special way to “live in a community of mutual support and love united in dedicated prayer and service” (Kenotic Way, Identity Statement).
After speaking with each Sister in the Province, a summary of the visitation was given as inspiration and encouragement, “so that every community is revealed as a luminous sign of the new Jerusalem, the dwelling of God with His People” (Kenotic Way, Constitution, Koinonia).