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Popcorn and a Movie: Coming Soon to a Parish Near You

By: Tamara S. Cornelison

One hundred and some years ago, Bishop Soter Ortynsky was assigned to serve as the first Eastern Catholic bishop to minister to Ukrainian Catholics in America. With a congregation of a half million people, he realized that he needed help. Writing to Metropolitan Andre Sheptytsky, he asked whether a few Sisters of St. Basil from the Yavoriv monastery might come to America to help him minister to his flock. The Metropolitan contacted the Superior at Yavoriv, and several Sisters immediately volunteered to come to America.

Arriving in Philadelphia in November 1911, the Sisters immediately set about the business of fulfilling many great needs. They established an American foundation that came to be known as Jesus, Lover of Humanity Province—a hub of religious and educational and cultural activities that was eventually to radiate far and wide from its humble beginnings.

Today, the Province is headquartered in Fox Chase, Pennsylvania, and the successors of those Sisters who came to Philadelphia in 1911 recently celebrated their centennial. The year-long celebrations culminated on November 6, 2011, with a Divine Liturgy of Thanksgiving celebrated at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Philadelphia, and a festive banquet during which the Sisters and their work were celebrated by a grateful community.

One of the most poignant highlights of the banquet was Women of Spirit, a documentary that chronicles the Sisters’ story through a sequence of chapters: Coming to America; Heeding the Call; Ground Breaking; Focus on Life-giving Healing Ministries; Rebirth of Ukraine; and Catechesis, Collaboration, and Church. The documentary includes archival photos and videos that underscore the influence the Sisters had on the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the United States and the world, as well as the crucial role the Sisters played in the rebirth of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Ukraine. 

Commentaries by Patriarch Sviatoslav and Patriarch Emeritus Lubomyr attest to the impact of the catechetical and academic education of thousands of children through the leadership of the Sisters; the struggles and challenges the Province foundresses had to overcome are recounted by many of the older Sisters who knew these early pioneers personally. Humorous and deeply personal recollections add to the total beauty and warmth of the movie. These include interviews with former students, some of whom entered the religious life and are now serving as nuns, priests, and bishops, and others who grew up to be doctors, lawyers, teachers, or professionals in many other fields.

Early in 2012, the Sisters of St. Basil the Great of the Jesus, Lover of Humanity Province, decided to take Women of Spirit on the road. The documentary has been featured in parish halls in various regions of the United States, playing to packed houses. The “theaters” may look a little different from those most moviegoers are accustomed to, but the hot-buttered popcorn and a riveting story has been attracting lots of attention and participation. Actively engaged in this project are the parish priests (among other things, they're providing the popcorn) and Sisters Ann Laszok and Joann Sosler, OSBM, who attend the screenings and answer any questions that people might have.

Women of Spirit has already enthralled audiences at St. Josaphat Church in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; St. John the Baptist Church in Lorain, Ohio; St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Tucson, Arizona; and Epiphany of Our Lord in St. Petersburg, Florida. By popular demand, two screenings have been scheduled at St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church in Pittsburgh (March 31 and April 1), and the documentary will be playing soon in a parish hall near you. Bring the family. Bring a friend. We know you’ll enjoy the story and the popcorn.

Inquiries and invitations from other parishes welcome. Please contact Sister Ann Laszok or Sister Joann Sosler at 215.379.3998.

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