homeMessageMissionMinistryHistoryEventsContact
Praying, Healing, Life Giving Presence
 

Sister Barbara Terefenko, OSBM

Sister Barbara Terefenko, OSBM, fell asleep in the Lord in Philadelphia, PA on Sunday, July 15, 2012, at the age of 77 and in her 15th year of religious life.

Born in Mt. Carmel Pennsylvania, on May 18, 1935, Barbara was the daughter of Henry Jackson and Julia (nee Chato) Long. In 1956 she married Walter Terefenko in Shamokin, Pennsylvania, and was baptized and confirmed in the Ukrainian Catholic Church. The couple was blessed with four children: Barbara, Walter, Inez, and Henry. In 1968, the family moved from Pennsylvania to New York, settling in Cohoes, where Barbara worked as a cosmetologist and home health aide. The family became parishioners at Ss. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church in Cohoes.

When her husband Walter died in 1995, Barbara felt a calling to the religious life. Entering the Order of Saint Basil the Great in September of 1997, she brought with her an extensive life experience as wife, mother, and widow, and her heritage as an Iroquois Indian. During her life among the Sisters, she graciously and happily learned from them while generously sharing with them the wisdom and experience she had brought with her to the convent. Sister Barbara made her first vows in April 2001 and received her perpetual profession on April 1, 2006. In the years between and after, she was assigned to the office of Religious Education in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, to pastoral care at Saint Josaphat Parish in Philadelphia and in the Parma Eparchy, and to nursing duties at the Motherhouse in Fox Chase.

Parastas for Sr. Barbara was celebrated by Reverend Edward Higgins on July 20, 2012, with the Sister’s Chaplain, the Very Reverend Archpriest Daniel Troyan and the Sisters singing responses. The Divine Liturgy on July 21 was celebrated by Father Troyan. In his homily, Father Troyan spoke of the various communities to which Sister Barbara belonged, including the community of family and community of the Sister of the Order of Saint Basil the Great, and of her ability to move effortlessly among them as she contributed to each of them.

These sentiments were echoed in the loving eulogy delivered by Provincial Superior Sister Dorothy Ann Busowski, who extolled Sister Barbara's willingness to be of service to others, especially the elderly to whom she ministered. "She not only prayed with the shut-ins she cared for, but cut their hair and manicured their nails, performing humble acts of love that defined her so well. The Provincial Superior also mentioned Sister Barbara's love of art, music, and crafts, noting how "her hands were always busy crocheting afghans, knitting butterflies or tatting a new outfit for one of her many grandchildren or great grandchildren." At the end of her eulogy, Sr. Dorothy Ann pointed out something that confirmed something all of those gathered to honor Sister Barbara already knew—how willingly she gave of herself to others and how widely she had spread her love and her kind deeds. "Just the day before she took sick, she drove to the Newark Airport to pick up one of our Sisters from Ukraine. . . . and by the way, flowers came in yesterday . . . from WalMart. Somehow in her many trips driving the sisters to go shopping she touched someone there."

Sister Barbara's eldest daughter, also named Barbara, shared anecdotes about her childhood, telling warm stories that revealed much about the happy life she and her siblings had shared with their beloved mother. Son Walter echoed his sister's sentiments, assuring Barbara's family, friends, and her religious family that "Sister Barbara will always be with us."

Sister Barbara was interred at the Sisters Convent Cemetery in Fox Chase. She is mourned by her children, several grandchildren and great grandchild, her Sisters in the Order of Saint Basil the Great, and a great number of people who were touched by her unfailing kindness.

Latest Events at the Jesus, Lover of Humanity Province

GREAT FAST VESPERS CELEBRATION IN FOX CHASE - 2017

Sister Bohdonna Podney - 1916 - 2017

Check Presentation - 2017

“Lock-In” Youth Retreat - 2017

Celebrating Metropolitan Archbishop’s Feast Day as Fox Chase - 2016

Saint Basil Academy Choir Carol at the Motherhouse - 2016

Sr Elizaveta speaks about the Blessed martyrs - 2016

Basilan Volunteer Mission Trip To Ukrainian- 2017

Pilgrimage - 2016

BASILIAN SISTERS CELEBRATE JUBILEES - 2016

BASILIAN VOLUNTEER TEAM MISSION TRIP TO UKRAINE - 2016

BASILIAN ASSOCIATES OF PARMA RENEW COVENANT

SISTERS OF THE ORDER OF SAINT BASIL THE GREAT GATHER IN COMMUNAL MEETING- 2016

Pilgrimage: A Brief History of a Long and Beloved Tradition

Women's Day Scranton PA- 2016

Women's Day Washington DC- 2016

We Are Sisters - 2016

Sister Bohdonna, OSBM 100 Years

Sister Emellia (Mildred) Prokopik, OSBM 1920–2015

Nativity Greetings– 2015

Sr. Josaphat Eulogy– 2015

Sr. Emellia Eulogy– 2015

Celebrating Sr. Joann– 2015

East Meets West– 2015

Manor College Selects New President – 2015

Womens Day of Prayer– 2016

BASILIAN VOLUNTEER TEAM PAYS GOODWILL VISIT TO UKRAINE – 2015

BASILIAN SISTERS CELEBRATE SUMMER JUBILEES – 2015

MSGR. APPLEYARD CONDUCTS BASILIAN RETREAT – 2015

84th ANNUAL BASILIAN PIGRIMAGE FOCUSES ON THE FAMILY – 2015

SISTERS OF SAINT BASIL HOLD CHAPTER OF ELECTIONS – 2015

BASILIAN Election Announcement – 2015

BASILIAN SPIRITUALITY CENTER HOLDS ICON WORKSHOPS – 2015

Pilgrimage 2015

ECED Holds Spring Meeting – 2015

Sister Paula Jacynyk, OSBM 1930 – 2015

BASILIAN SISTERS HOST RETIREMENT LUNCHEON FOR JOAN CROMPTON

COME AND SEE OPEN HOUSE 2015

NEW MEMBER ENTERS BASILIAN ASSOCIATE PROGRAM

BASILIAN SPIRITUALITY CENTER WELCOMES NEW DIRECTOR 2015

SBA FRESHMEN SPEND DAY OF SERVICE AT BASILIAN MOTHERHOUSE 2015

Woman's Day 2015

SISTER BOHDONNA CELEBRATES 99TH BIRTHDAY

BASILIAN SISTERS SEEK VOLUNTEERS FOR HUMANITARIAN MISSION IN UKRAINE

SISTER MARINA HONORED FOR YEARS OF SERVICE

BASILIAN SISTERS BRING COMFORT TO THE SICK

Sister Bohdonna’s Feast Day—12-27-13

BASILIAN SISTERS AND ASSOCIATES WELCOME ARCHBISHOP STEFAN 2014

Governance Commission Meets in Fox Chase 2014

Sisters Attend Episcopal Consecration

Sister Mary Michael Bayda, OSBM Falls Asleep In The Lord

Why I go to Church Video

St. Basil Academy Open House 2014

NEW SBA PRINCIPAL LOOKS FORWARD TO ACADEMIC YEAR

BASILIAN SISTERS BID FAREWELL TO MOTHERHOUSE CHAPLAIN

BASILIAN ASSOCIATES OF PARMA HOLD DAY OF PRAYER

BASILIAN SISTERS CONTINUE TO FACE THE FUTURE WITH HOPE

SISTERS OF ST. BASIL ESTABLISH BASILIAN LEGACY COMMITTEE

TWO BASILIAN SISTERS CELEBRATE GOLDEN JUBILEES

Annual Pilgrimage to Honor Metropolitan Sheptytsky Sunday October 5, 2014

“MOTHERS IN PRAYER” CONVENE AT BASILIAN MOTHERHOUSE

DAY OF REFLECTION FOR YOUTH AT BASILIAN SPIRITUALITY CENTER 2014

Barn Sale Held April 4-5, 2014

March 15, 2014 - 3rd Workshop on Christ Our Pascha

BASILIAN ASSOCIATES WELCOME NEW MEMBER 2014

National Catholic Sisters Week contest 2014

BASILIAN SISTERS RESUME PLANNING SESSIONS

Sisters of Saint Basil the Great Support Ukraine's Struggle for Democracy & Human Dignity

Letter of Support to Ukraine

HELEN CHAYKOWSKY HONORED FOR SERVICE TO ST. BASIL ACADEMY 2014

BASILIAN MOTHERHOUSE EMPLOYEES HONORED FOR SERVICE 2014

Ukraine Mission 2014

ARCHBISHOP STEFAN GREETED BY BASILIAN COMMUNITY 2014

St. Basil Academy Appoints New Principal 2014

BASILIAN SISTERS HOLD AFTERNOON OF PRAYER & REFLECTION 2013

BASILIAN SISTERS HOLD FALL COMMUNITY DAYS 2013

Vatican Radio: Liturgy To Ukraine - July 2013

SAINT BASIL ACADEMY WELCOMES NEW ADMINISTRATION

Workshop October 19th 2013: Partakers of the divine nature

Sister Maria Nadia Barusewycz

82nd Annual Pilgrimage to the Mother of God

BASILIAN SISTERS CELEBRATE JUBILEES

BASILIAN SISTERS HOLD COMMUNITY DAYS

Ukraine Visited by Basilian Volunteer Outreach

10th General Chapter Meeting of the Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great

THREE BASILIAN SISTERS CELEBRATE GOLDEN JUBILEES

PARMA EPARCHY WELCOMES BASILIAN ASSOCIATES

SISTER CARLA HERNANDEZ HONORED

Growing Greener Tree Planting Project

Sister Mary Bernarda, OSBM, Honored for Her Ministry in Ukraine

Rev. Dr. Oleh Kindiy: Theology and Catechetical Teaching in St. Basil's Anaphora

One in Spirit: Basilian Associate Program

Sister Mary Isidore Gilewitch, OSBM, entered into her eternal glory

Ukraine Mission 2013

Come and See Weekend 2013

Vocation Awareness 2013

Ukrainian Sisters of St. Basil Working to Revive Yavoriv Monastery 2012

Come and See Weekend Fall 2012

St. Basil Academy Open House 2012

Annual Pilgrimage 2012

Discernment Weekend 2012

Sister M. Cornelia Shevchuk, OSBM, falls asleep in the Lord

Patriarchal Catechetical Commission Meets 2012

Basilian Volunteer Program: Ukrainian Orphan Ministry 2012

Sister Barbara Terefenko, OSBM, falls asleep in the Lord

Abington Township Recognition of the Sisters of the Order of Saint Basil the Great

Sixtieth Anniversary of Sister Miriam Claire Kowal, OSBM, Celebrated on June 30, 2012

In Celebration of a Dedicated Life to the Church

Sister Germaine Senita, OSBM, Celebrates 50 Years in Religious Life

Very Reverend Daniel Troyan Celebrates Thirty Years of Priesthood

"Popcorn & a Movie"

Come & See Weekend 2012

St. Basil's Academy Ground Breaking 2011

Centennial Celebration Home

Orphanage Fund 2010

Pilgrimage 2010

Pilgrimage October 2-3, 2010

Chapter Installation 2010

Golden Jubilee Celebration 2010

Youth Day 2010

Basilian Centennial Committee Meeting 2010

Basilian Centennial Preparation

Spring Community Days 2010

2009 Pilgrimage under the Protection of the Mother of God

Basilian Legacy Institute

60th Jubilee Celebration

Book-signing and Presentation with Dr. Alexander Lushnycky

2009 Community Days

Sister Lydia Anna Sawka, OSBM 25th Jubilee

2008 Pilgrimage under the Protection of the Mother of God

Ukraine's First Lady Visits Pittsburgh

2008 Community Days

Visit From Melanne Verveer

665 Years of Ministry

2008 50th Jubilees

Golden Memories Reunion

Eagle Scout Project

Seal of the Sisters of the Order of Saint Basil the Great

 

Access Webmail | Contact Us

Directions to the Motherhouse | Email the Webmaster 

 
710 Fox Chase Road
Fox Chase Manor, PA 19046
215 379-3998