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BASILIAN ASSOCIATES OF PARMA HOLD DAY OF PRAYER

A Covenant Day for Parma, Ohio, Regional Basilian Associates from St. Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral and St. Andrew’s Parish was held Saturday, July 26, 2014.

After gathering in the Cathedral Parish Hall, associates, candidate and attending friends were welcomed by Sister Laura Palka, OSBM, Director of the Basilian Associate Program, and Sister Olga Marie Faryna, OSBM, Parma, Ohio Regional Director, who gave an overview of the day’s spiritual activities.

Directed by facilitator Sister Miriam Claire Kowal, OSBM, the five members and one prospective candidate participated in a day of retreat divided into three meditative sessions: Light of the World, Salt of the Earth, and Word of Life. Guided by Sacred Scripture, the newly published “A Year with St. Basil the Great” and the Basilian Associate manual “One in Spirit”, the participants engaged in prayerful reflection and contemplative dialogue in preparation for their ceremony of commitment.

Prior to the Divine Liturgy celebrated by Assistant Pastor Rev. Bohdan Borytsky and Rev. Archdeacon Jeffrey Smolilo, Father Borytsky explained to the congregation the significance of the Covenant Ceremony that would take place.

Following the Ambo Prayer, the five Associate members who were admitted to the Program last year renewed their mutual covenant relationship with the Sisters of St. Basil the Great. They are: Audrey Fedak, Andrij and Oksana Szepiwdycz and Margaret Jane Zysek. Completing her year of candidacy and entering into her initial covenant relationship was Martha Weigand. All were anointed by Father Borytsky and the congregation wished them “Many Happy Years”.

The Basilian Sisters and Associates acknowledged their gratitude to Most Rev. John Bura, Apostolic Administrator, and Rev. J. Claudio Melnicki, Cathedral Administrator, who, although not present, coordinated the celebration of the Divine Liturgy and details essential to the success of the day. Special greetings from Sister Dorothy Ann Busowski, OSBM, Provincial Superior of the Basilian Sisters of the Province of Jesus, Lover of Humanity, were extended to members and the prospective member of the Associate Program.

Front row L-R: Sr. Laura Palka, OSBM, Sr. Olga Marie Faryna, OSBM, Jane Zaysek, Audrey Fedak, Oksana Szepiwdycz, Andrij Szepiwdycz, Martha Weigand, Sr. Miriam Claire Kowal, OSBM

Back row L-R: Rev. Bohdan Borytsky, Rev. Archdeacon Jeffrey Smolilo

 

In 1991, the Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great founded the Basilian Lay Associate Program. This invitation to the laity offers adult Christians the experience of coming together with the Sisters to share in a mutually enriching and broadening relationship focused on living more fully the Gospel way of life.

To learn more about the Basilian Associate Program, please contact:

PARMA, OHIO EPARCHYSr.
Olga Marie Faryna, OSBM
OMFaryna@aol.com

PHILADELPHIA, PA, EPARCHY
Sr. Rita Stremba, OSBM
srrita@stbasilacademy.org

 

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