Hundreds gathered at St. Sofia in Rome on Sunday, May 29th to celebrate and honor all mothers on their special day. After Matins, a Hierarchal Divine Liturgy was celebrated by Most Reverend Dionysio Lachovicz, Apostolic Visitator for Ukrainian Catholics in Italy and Spain, and con-celebrated by numerous clergy asking for blessings for all mothers – living and those who have passed into eternity. In his homily Most Rev. Dionysio focused on the theme “Gift Your Mother with Happiness”.
On Sunday May 22 joining the Mother Prayer groups from various parts of Italy and Spain participating in this annual pilgrimage were Sisters Lydia Anna Sawka, OSBM and Anastasia Stulkivska, OSBM from the Generalate. The day’s prayerful program began at noon with a Moleben to the Blessed Mother celebrated at the ourdoor Grotto of Our Lady.
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.
On Saturday, April 30, 2016 the Sisters at the Generalate had a day of Spiritual Renewal led by His Grace, Most Reverend Archbishop Cyril Vasil, S.J., Secretary of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches. His Grace based the morning’s reflections on a reading from Phillipians and, in light of that reading, spoke about leadership in the early Church, as well as, the understanding and pursuit of holiness.
The Canonical Visitation of the Sisters in the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Province was held from April 6 to April 25, 2016 at the motherhouse monastery in Uniontown. Sister Dia Stasiuk met with the Sisters on missions first, since they came from their missions in Phoenix, AZ, Youngstown, OH and Wilkes-Barre, PA. Sisters in the Pittsburgh area and Uniontown had the opportunity to meet with Sister Dia individually. Sister Mariela Rotzen, General Councillor, joined Sister Dia in Uniontown to meet with Sister Helen Millow, Provincial Treasurer, about the financial aspects and concerns of the Province.
April 24, 2016 Sisters Lydia Anna Sawka, Nazariya Mykhaylyuk, Mahdalyna Vytvytska, Sevastiyana Zinkevych, Anhelyna Nahornyak, Dymytriya Tydir, and Dariya Turkiv represented the Basilian Sisters and by participating in the annual Stations of the Cross (during the Great Fast – Julian calendar) held on the grounds of St. Sophia Basilica on Via Boccea.
Sister Anastasia Stulkivska, who completed her studies in clinical psychology and community at the Universita Pontificia Salesiana (Pontifical University of the Salesians) in Rome, Italy was co-organizer and speaker of a seminar entitled “The Educator: A Competent Individual to Accompany Children and Youth Struggling with Problems of Adaptation”. The seminar was held on March 30 – 31, 2016 in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine.