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On Sunday, May 12, 2019 the Mothers in Prayer group from Rome made their annual pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of God’s Love “Divino Amore” on the outskirts of Rome.  The beginning of the day was challenging with a torrent of rain bursting from the skies.  Nevertheless, the strong faith and determination of the pilgrims led them to pray to the Blessed Mother, whom they visit frequently and thank for the trials and the graces received in dealing with them.  In spite the difficulties of travel, the Mothers in Prayer arrived in Divino Amore for a day of spiritual renewal.  Prayers of gratitude came forth from their lips – for their children, for all children in the world, for peace in Ukraine and throughout the world.

Spiritual input was given by Sister Nazariya Mykhayliuk, OSBM on the theme of “A Christian Call”.  Sister explained, “Today the Lord calls each of us:  Mary, Anne, Lydia…  Wake up!  Open your eyes!  I am beside you!  I conquered death, your sufferings, and your difficulties!  Believe in me!  Pick yourself up; I have defeated your illnesses, your pains!  Be strong!  Believe in me and follow me! I am your resurrection and life.”

The sun peeked out – giving warmth and hope for a brighter future.  It spread its rays of warmth, allowing the women to prayer in the grotto of the Blessed Mother giving thanks for their children and families in distant Ukraine.

Divine Liturgy for Mothers’ Day was celebrated by Reverend Father Efraim Konchak, OSBM. “Dear Mothers in Prayer!  How many persons in the world, how many around us, and even in our families are alone - lonely people who have no one who is concerned about them, no one to care for them, to help them in any way? Your motherly prayers need to include those who do not know of the Blessed Mother, of her care for them.”

Father continued, “Today on Mothers’ Day – on behalf of your children, I want to thank you for your motherly love, your prayers, the sleepless nights, the worries and cares, the shed tears, and all the joyous moments, which you have given and continue to give to your children.  Motherhood – is a gift and blessing, which God the Lord has given you.  It is also a great responsibility and hard work!  For all mothers I pray – may the path to your door be well-traveled, may children always gift you with their smiles, may they speak warm and appreciative words for your dedicated and undying love!  May your homes be filled with peace and good fortune and generous blessings from Our Lord.”

After the services, each Mother was given a blessing and a commemorative gift.

We thank all those who help in organizing this pilgrimage and special celebration.

Lydia Vykovych,

regional coordinator of Mothers in Prayer in Italy

On Thomas Sunday (according to the Julian calendar) May 5, 2019, Sisters Lydia Anna Sawka, Nazariya Mykhayliuk and Emanuela Vavrekova participated in the Divine Liturgy at the St. Sofia Minor Basilica in Rome.

The celebration of the Resurrection of Our Lord is the most important feast for each Catholic, requiring preparation to enter into the spiritual significance of the event. At the conclusion of a forty-day Great Fast preceding the feast, there is Passion Week with its many special liturgical services.

“Christ our God has risen from the dead. He is the almighty One Who grants to all enlightenment, eternal life, and great mercy.”

(Sticheras from Sunday of the Myrrh-bearing Women)

On March 25, 2019 in the church of Saint Volodymyr in Posadas, Misiones, novice Monica Adriana Barszczuk received her habit and professed her first monastic vows: to live in poverty, chastity and obedience.

During the Great Fast, Sisters from the Generalate participated in special services of the Way of the Cross (Stations of the Cross). On March 24, 2019 the annual Way of the Cross took place at the Saint Sofia Minor Basilica, where the cross was carried to different stations by various religious organizations, monastic Orders and communities.

On Friday, February 1, 2019, the eve of the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord, members of consecrated life were invited by Reverend Father Robert Lyseiko, OSBM for a gathering in the Basilica of Saint Sofia. Our Basilian Sisters from the Most Holy Trinity Province in Ukraine minister in a mission community there.

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