The search for nuns ready for apostolic work began in the 60's of the past XX century after the settlement of Ukrainian refugees in Australia and the beginning of its Apostolic Exarchate. Bishop Ivan Prasko turned to the General Curia of Basilian Sisters in Rome, and approached Josyf Cardinal Slipyj, with a petition to send nuns to Australia.


With the encouragement of His Eminence, Josyf Cardinal Slipyj, the cooperation of Bishop Joseph Martinec, OSBM, and the support of the Provinces, Basilian Sisters set out bravely for mission work among the Ukrainian Greek-Catholics in Brazil. From the Generalate, Mother Eusebia Bilas, a member of the Philadelphia Province, and Sisters Ana Zapaia with Estefania Kosteski of the Argentina Province, arrived to Canoinhas in the springtime on December 12, 1972.

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