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BASILIAN SISTERS CELEBRATE JUBILEES

"We gather to give thanks to God and to witness the joy experienced living the religious life by seven members of the Order of the Sisters of St. Basil the Great," said Rev. Daniel Troyan, Basilian Motherhouse chaplain, during a Divine Liturgy of Thanksgiving celebrated in Holy Trinity Chapel, Fox Chase Manor, on Saturday, June 29, 2013. The Sisters came together to honor the faithfulness and constancy of jubilarians: Sister Bohdonna Podney, OSBM-80 years of vowed life, Sister Paula Jacynyk, OSBM-65 years, Sister Marie Francis, OSBM-60 years, Sister Elizabeth Bertoldi, OSBM-60 years, Sister Maria Gerard Jesep, OSBM-55 years, Sister Genevieve Kotyk, OSBM-55years and Sister Joann Sosler,OSBM-55 years. Father Dan spoke of the Sisters’ growth in their vocations, the challenges they faced and the limitations they may have experienced with growing older in body, but not necessarily in spirit. "May you (Jubilarians) realize how much you are loved and supported as members of your religious sisterhood."

Sr. Bohdonna Podney,OSBM

Sr. Elizabeth Bertoldi, OSBM

As a symbolic gesture of her continued desire to live the religious life as a member of the Order of the Sisters of St. Basil the Great, before the reception of the Holy Eucharist, each Jubilarian approached the tetrapod and with her hand upon the Holy Bible renewed the sacred vows first pronounced at the ceremony of her solemn profession

 

At the celebratory dinner that followed, Sister Dorothy Ann,OSBM, Provincial Superior, commended each jubilarian for her years of faithful dedication whether in teaching or administration, orphan care or pastoral ministry and, most of all, for her deep commitment to the religious life and the outpouring of gifts to the Ukrainian Catholic Church. “We offer gratitude from the quiet of our hearts for all of you,” said Sister Dorothy Ann,“ for you have blessed our lives and our community.”

Sr. Marie Francis Walchonsky, OSBM

Sr. Paula Jacynyk,OSBM

 

The Sister Jubilarians gratefully received the congratulations of the members of their community and voices were raised in song to wish them "Many Happy Years".

Sr. Genevieve Kotyk, OSBM

Sr. Maria Gerard Jessep, OSBM

Sr. Joann Sosler, OSBM

Front Row:
Sr. Elizabeth Bertoldi, Sr. Marie Francis Walchonsky, Sr. Bohdonna Podney,
BackRow:
Sr. Maria Rozmarynowych, Sr. Maria Gererd Jessep, Sr. Paula Jacynyk, Rev. Daniel Troyan, Sr. Joann Sosler, Sr. Genevieve Kotyk, Sr. Lydia Anna Sawka, Sr. Dorothy Ann Busowski

Front Row:
Sr. Elizabeth Bertoldi, Sr. Marie Francis Walchonsky, Sr. Bohdonna Podney,
Back Row:
Sr. Maria Gerard, Sr. Paula Jacynyk, Sr. Joann Sosler, Sr. Genevieve Kotyk

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