On the second day of the Feast of the Nativity (Gregorian calendar), December 26, 2017 the Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican filled with Ukrainians from all corner of Italy. They gathered to united their hearts and prayers in thanksgiving to God and to share with one another the joy of the birth of Jesus Christ and together sing the traditional Christmas carols.
On December 24, 2017 the observance of the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord commenced with the celebration of Great Compline with Lytia in Christ the Kind Chapel in the monastery of the Generalate of the Basilian Fathers in Rome.
«Such is our God, Who was born of a Virgin and lived among men; no other is to be compared to Him. The only-begotten Son, as man, is laid in a poor manger; the Master of all is wrapped in swaddling clothes; and a star announces to the magi to come and worship Him, and we sing: Holy Trinity, save our souls.»
(Prefeast of Nativity of our Lord – Third Hour)
Manor College, an institute founded by and belonging to the Sisters of St. Basil the Great, Jesus, Lover of Humanity Province, Fox Chase Manor, Pennsylvania, USA, has a special section dedicated to the preservation and advancement of Ukrainian traditions, art, and legacy called the Ukrainian Heritage Museum.
During the days of October 17-19, 2017, the Patriarchal Commission of Consecrated Life in the UGCC sponsored an International Assembly of Major Superiors, held in the Patriarchal residency in Lviv, Ukraine. The gathering was attended by representatives from twelve countries in the world, who were greeted with great joy by Most Reverend Mihailo Bubnij – head of the Patriarchal Commission of Consecrated Life in the UGCC. He shared thoughts regarding the basis goal and tasks of this Assembly.
On the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, September 14, 2017, in the magnificent Basilica in Lutyn, Slovakia a solemn ceremony took place during which Sister Terezia Benarikova from the Mother of God Province in Presov, Slovakia made her Perpetual Profession to God in the community of the Sisters of the Order of Saint Basil the Great.