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Basilian Sisters Elect New Leadership

During the week of June 21 – 25, 2010, the Sisters of St. Basil the Great (Lover of Humanity Province, Fox Chase Manor, PA) held their Provincial Chapter in the Basilian Spirituality Center and elected new leadership for the coming five years. “A Chapter is an essential instrument of collegiality, calling each Sister to participate in the decision-making process either directly or indirectly. While in session, it is the highest authority in the Province.” The Kenotic Way – Constitutions

The following Sisters were elected into leadership for the next five years: Sr. Dorothy Ann Busowski, OSBM, Provincial Superior, Sr. Joanne Sosler, OSBM, Vice Provincial, Sr. Lydia Anna Sawka, OSBM, Councilor, Sr. Maria Rosmarynowycz, OSBM Councilor and Sr. Ann Laszok, OSBM, Councilor.

Prior to the elections on Friday, all the Sisters participated in many engaging discussions that surfaced three main areas of interest that the Sisters wanted to focus their energy on for the next five years: promoting Eastern Christian Spirituality, caring for the sacredness of God’s creation, and personal transformation. Using the theme “What you need to know is on your lips and in your heart; you have only to carry it out.” (Deut. 30: 11-14) the Sisters, along with the different clergy who celebrated the Liturgies daily and several Basilian Associates prayed for the Spirit’s guidance and wisdom in their discussions. The Chapter’s facilitator, Sr. Carol Marozzi, SSJ along with Sr. Connie Gilder, SSJ gave inspiring and informative presentations on various types of leadership.

Divine Liturgies on each of their Chapter days were celebrated by Most Reverend Metropolitan Archbishop Stefan Soroka, Msgr. Peter Waslo, Rev. Daniel Trojan, Rev. Joseph Loya, and Rev. Robert Hitchens. After much prayer and reflection, the Chapter body unanimously committed itself to: becoming a hub of Eastern Christian Spirituality, reverencing the sacredness of all God’s creation and working on personal deification.

The Sisters of St. Basil are grateful to all who held them in prayer and support during this week of deliberations. We continue to pray that the Holy Spirit reward and bless all those who support us in our prayer and ministry.


Discussion group (L-R) Sisters: Bernarda Arkatyn, Mary Michael Bayda, Genevieve Kotyk, Dorothy Ann Busowski, Maria Rozmarynowycz, Susanne Matwijiw, Lydia Anna Sawka


Most Rev. Metropolitan Archbishop Stefan Soroka


Newly elected Provincial Council (L-R): Sisters Lydia Anna Sawka, Joann Sosler, Dorothy Ann Busowski, Maria Rozmarynowycz, Ann Laszok


Provincial Chapter Steering Committee (L-R)
Sisters: Clement Bartholomew, OSBM, Dorothy Ann Busowski, OSBM, Carole Marozzi, SSJ, Lydia Anna Sawka, OSBM, Joann Sosler, OSBM


Discussion group (L-R) Sisters: Monica Lesnick, Theodosia Lukiw, Maria Rozmarynowycz


Sisters: Lydia Anna Sawka, Rita Stremba, Maria Gerard Jesep, Clement Bartholomew, Joann Sosler, Laura Palka

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