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Sister Mary Michael Bayda, OSBM

Sr. Mary BaydaSister Mary Michael Bayda peacefully and quietly fell asleep in the Lord on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at Saint Joseph Manor Nursing Home in Meadowbrook, PA. Sister had been residing there for the last month recovering from a recent fall.

Born in Baltimore, MD to Basil Bayda and Mary (Gren) Bayda, Sister attended Saint Michael Ukrainian Catholic Church before entering the Sisters of the Order of Saint Basil the Great on April 17, 1949. Sister received her first profession October 1, l949 and final profession on August 26, 1954.

Teacher, leader, builder, nurse, missionary - Sister Mary Michael lived an amazing and interesting life as a Sister of the Order of Saint Basil the Great. She lived that missionary spirit which Pope Francis tells us “… is not only about geographical territories, but about peoples, cultures and individuals, because the ‘boundaries’ of faith do not only cross places and human traditions, but the heart of each man and each woman”. Sister Michael touched thousands of hearts in the United States, Brazil, Rome and Ukraine.

Initially, Sister was trained to be an educator getting a Bachelor’s degree in education from Fordham University. And teach she did - eventually in all four eparchies of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in America – Stamford, Philadelphia, Parma and Chicago. Sister was a leader exercising this role as Superior of the Motherhouse in Fox Chase, as well as General Treasurer and General Councilor in Rome. But her sense of service began to call her in another direction as pursued a degree in Licensed Practical Nursing. In that capacity she served both within community and in the larger community – working at Holy Redeemer Hospital and then at Saint Basil Academy as school nurse.

But her true calling as a missionary won out and she embarked upon that with such fervor and zeal – first in Brazil where she continued the work of Mother Eusebia after her untimely death. There she was instrumental in the establishment of a foundation in Curitiba, Brazil – making it a Mission of the Sisters of the Order of Saint Basil the Great. Having completed that she returned to the United States but her heart was restless and so again she petitioned her provincial and returned there several times to continue what she had begun – this time laying another foundation – a building to house the Sisters and the young women who lived with them. But her gentle spirit and kind heart remained with the orphans. And so she embarked upon yet another missionary venture with the orphans in Brazil and Ukraine. This was truly her vocation within a vocation. In Curitiba, Brazil and later in Zarvanytsia, Ukraine her heart burst with love as she cared for the children working with the organization Caritas who ran children’s camps in Ukraine. But she never forgot about Brazil and again and again she returned to Brazil. This time at the request of the late Bishop Ephraim Krevey, with whom she had a special relationship, assisting in the formation of the young sisters.

But there is more. I am sure the Church is grateful to her for the kindness and care which she showered on Cardinal Josyf Slipyj after his release from Siberia. She and the other Sisters at the Generalate took special care of him when he took up residence in Rome. And the Sisters in Ukraine are forever indebted to her for her loving presence that served as a source of encouragement and hope during the time they were underground. We also include among this long line of tributes the many clergy from the seminary in Ternopil who are better priest today because of her assistance to them through the special courses she designed and taught.

Sister retired to the Motherhouse in 2010 where she resided until she feel and needed extra assistance. Sister loved to pray the rosary and would offer her prayers for the intention of the Sisters in ministry. As she strolled the corridors of the Motherhouse her smiling face and prayerful spirit were a welcoming and embracing invitation to all.

She is preceded in death by her mother Mary, father Basil and stepfather Michael, sisters – Julia Barzik, Anne Bremer, Stella Barzik, Nettie Bayda, Marie Kachnowich. She is survived by her sister Diane Kinlein, brother Walter Krysowaty, several nieces and nephews and cousin – Most Rev. Bryan Bayda, C.Ss.R, Ukranian Catholic Bishop of Saskatchewan, Canada.

Parastas was celebrated in the Holy Trinity Chapel of the Sisters by Msgr. Peter Waslo, Chaplain, and Rev. Edward Higgins on Friday, October 10, 2014. The funeral Divine Liturgy celebrated by Msgr. Waslo was sung on October 11, 2014 followed by interment in the Sister’s cemetery.

Sister Michael was a model to the thousands of lives she touched on three continents throughout the world. She now crosses over the threshold into new life in a place that has been prepared for her by the Lord. Her memory is eternal from generation to generation.


Sister Dorothy Ann Busowski, OSBM
Provincial Superior

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