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THREE BASILIAN SISTERS CELEBRATE GOLDEN JUBILEES

Sisters, clergy, family and friends gathered at the Basilian Motherhouse Saturday, May 25, 2013, to honor three members of the Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great for fifty years of dedicated service.

The day’s festivities recognizing golden jubilarians Sr. Olga Marie Faryna, OSBM, Sr. Francis Bukaczyk, OSBM, and Sr. Rose Anna Bukaczyk, OSBM began in Holy Trinity Chapel with the 11:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy celebrated by Most Rev. Stefan Soroka, Metropolitan-Archbishop of the Archeparchy of Philadelphia, PA, Most Rev. Paul Chomnycky, OSBM, Eparch of Stamford, CT, Very Rev. Philip Sandrick,OSBM, Provincial Superior of the Basilian Fathers, Rev. Daniel Troyan, Basilian Motherhouse Chaplain, and Rev. Peter Shyshka, Principal of St. George Academy, NYC.

Sister Olga Marie Faryna, OSBM, Sister Francis Bukaczyk, OSBM, Sister Rose Anna Bukaczyk, OSBM

(back row L-R) Rev. Peter Shyshka, Rev. Daniel Troyan, Most Rev. Metropolitan- Archbishop Stefan Soroka, Most Rev. Paul Chomnycky, OSBM, Very Rev. Philip Sandrick, OSBM
(front row L-R) Jubilarians Sisters Olga Marie Faryna, Francis Bukaczyk, Rose Anna Bukaczyk

In his homily, Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan likened the three Sisters to the myrrh-bearing women of the Gospel who, at first fearful, left Jesus’ empty tomb to boldly spread the word of the Resurrection, as do religious Sisters of today follow their mission to evangelize. His Grace thanked Sisters Olga Marie, Francis and Rose Anna for their fifty years of consecrated service to the Church and cited Pope Francis’ reminder to religious that the vow of chastity pronounced by religious widens their ability to give themselves to God and to others. “You are icons of Mary, living icons to all you touch.” Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan commended the jubilarians for responding to God’s call, thus following the example set over one hundred years ago by their province foundress, Mother Helena Langevych.

Before receiving the Eucharist, Sisters Olga Marie, Francis and Rose Anna renewed their sacred vows as members of the Order of the Sisters of St. Basil the Great and at Liturgy's end, voices rose in song to wish them "Many Happy Years."

At the celebratory dinner, a toast was offered by Sr. Mary Cecilia Jurasinski, OSBM, President of Manor College. Sr. Ann Laszok, OSBM, Master of Ceremonies, read congratulatory letters from Most Rev. Richard Seminack Eparch of Chicago, IL, and Most Rev.John Bura Eparch of Parma, OH.

In her congratulatory address, Sr. Dorothy Ann Busowski, OSBM, Provincial Superior, compared the three jubilarians’ passage through religious life to a “road less traveled by”, a journey of twists and turns, highs and lows and encountering the unexpected.

Reflecting on the three Sisters’ lives of consecration in the Order, Sr. Dorothy Ann recounted Sr. Olga Marie’s years of teaching in parochial elementary schools in Auburn, NY, and Chicago, IL, supervising the children at St. Basil Home in Philadelphia, PA, being the caregiver for her ailing mother, and helping to establish a Pastoral Ministry Office in the Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Pittsburgh, PA. Sr. Olga Marie is presently the Service Coordinator at Sheptytsky Arms in Pittsburgh, coordinator of adult catechesis in eparchial parishes and the coordinator of the newly formed Parma, OH Regional Basilian Associate Program.

(back row L-R) Sisters Maria Rozmarynowycz, Olga Marie Faryna, Ann Laszok, Francis Bukaczyk, Joann Sosler, Rose Anna Bukaczyk
(front row L-R) Sisters Dorothy Ann Busowski, Lydia Anna Sawka

Jubilarians Sisters Francis Bukaczyk, Rose Anna Bukaczyk, Olga Marie Faryna

 

In the 1980’s, Sisters Francis and Rose Anna Bukaczyk, sisters by birth, were accepted into the Basilian Province of Jesus, Lover of Humanity from the Argentinian Province where they had been actively engaged in the apostolate. The change enabled the two sisters to be reunited with members of their family who had settled in the United States.

As a member of the Fox Chase Province, Sr. Francis has served at St. Basil Home in Philadelphia and in parochial schools in Newark, NJ, Chester, PA, Olyphant, PA, Parma, OH, Northampton, PA, and Hamtramck, MI. Sister is presently teaching in Chicago, IL.

Her sister, Sr. Rose Anna, has taught in parish schools in Syracuse, NY, Parma, OH, Chicago, IL, Chester, PA, Olyphant, PA, Northampton, PA, and Philadelphia. At present, Sister teaches at St. George School in New York City. Both Sisters also acted as loving caregivers for members of their family.

As the celebration drew to a close, the Sister jubilarians expressed gratitude to all present for their attendance and for their constant prayers and support. The day’s festivities ended with the reading of the poem “Lord of Creation” especially composed for the occasion by Sr. Judith Piszyk,OSBM.

Sister Francis Bukaczyk, OSBM renewing her vows

Sister Olga Marie Faryna, OSBM renewing her vows

Sister Rose Anna Bukaczyk, OSBM renewing her vows

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