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An Invitation -2013 Basilian Volunteer Program: Ministry to Ukraine's needy

Christine Patoray and Iryna Honchar sort the clothes for the day's trip to the homeless shelter

Last year three young women joined in the Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great, Jesus, Lover of Humanity Province Volunteer Program in July, 2012. These young women accompanied by Sister Ann Laszok, OSBM, coordinator, visited, interacted and supported various orphanages, foster homes, half way houses, homeless shelters and psychiatric institutions in the Lviv and Ivano- Frankivsk areas.

You can participate in this year’s planned Basilian Volunteer Program from June 4 - 18, 2013. This year’s ministry will expand its region to include the needy not only of Ivano-Frankivsk but also Zaporizhzhia, a much poorer eastern region of Ukraine.

Sister Ann Laszok, OSBM and Sister Joann Sosler, OSBM together with the accepted applicants will join with the Basilian Sisters of the Holy Trinity Province, Ukraine as they continue their ministry of evangelization and bringing support and comfort to the poor and needy. Join the Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great in their mission of being the praying, healing and life-giving presence of Jesus within the world.

The tentative itinerary for this Mission to Ukraine, June 4 - 18, 2013 is as follows:

  • Arrival in Lviv - one day city tour
  • Travel to home base in Ivano-Frankivsk and visit: Psychiatric Center in Tysmenytsia, Studite Center for Orphans in Yaremche, incurable crippled children in Sniatyn, psychiatric Institute in Sambir, orphanage in Dolyna.
  • Travel to home base in Zaporizhzhia and join in the ministry of the Basilian Sisters of the Holy Trinity Province, in eastern Ukraine.
  • Travel to Kyiv - one day tour and fly home

We all pose with the orphans at the Village of Mercy run by the Incarnate Word Sisters

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Christine Patoray and Larissa Spak receive communion at the morning Liturgy

Accepted applicants can expect to have room and board covered by the Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great, Jesus, Lover of Humanity Province. Airfare and train fare to Zaporizhzhia as well as all personal expenses are the responsibility of the applicant.

For more information and an application for Ministry to Ukraine contact Sr. Ann Laszok OSBM at srannl@aol.com or 412-260-1607. Numbers are limited so please apply early.

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