On January 1st, the Feast of St. Basil the Great, Mother Dia Stasiuk, General Superior, and the Basilian Sisters at the Generalate had the pleasant opportunity to welcome guests, Mother Teresa Slota, Superior General, with the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate Sisters living at their Generalate in Rome, and the Sister Catechists of St. Anne, including Sister Rita Baldo, Superior of the “Santa Sofia” convent at the parish of St. Sergius and Bacchas in Rome and Sister Delilah Shmehelsky, Superior Administrator in Ukraine, as well as, other Sisters from their community.
On the evening of December 29, 2016, the Basilian Sisters welcomed to their Generalate home the Basilian Fathers who came caroling. Robust Christmas carols filled the monastery parlor and chapel. Warm and sincere traditional Christmas wishes were interspersed among the many carols.
From all corners of Italy faithful individuals and priests with their parishioners and communities of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church gathered together for the annual Christmas pilgrimage on December 26, 2016 in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.
In the late afternoon of Christmas Day, singing could be heard as a group of carolers walked down Via San Alessio to the Generalate House of the Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great. Neighbors peered out their windows to see a group of young men, many in embroidered shirts, caroling and playing on instruments.
«Today is born of the Virgin He, Who in His arms holds all creation.
…The Bridegroom of the Church receives the magi
and the Son of the Virgin receives from them gifts.
We bow before Your birth, O Christ!
Now manifest to us Your divine Theophany»
(Prefeast of Nativity of our Lord – Ninth Hour)
His Beatitude Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, was the main celebrant of a Divine Liturgy of Thanksgiving in the Papal Basilica of St. John Lateran commemorating 420 years since the signing of the the Brest Union. During the homily he underscored the continued relevance of the Union of the Ukrainian Eastern Catholic Church with the Holy See.
On the days of December 5-14, 2016 an informative and moving photo exhibit may be viewed in piazza St. Silvestro in Rome, Italy. The exhibit, “Displaced. 12 stories from Ukraine” presents stories of families that have been “displaced” by the undeclared war in Ukraine.