Celebrate Catholic Sisters Week with Us!
Catholic Sisters Week (March 8-14) shines a light on the spirituality, mission, and community-building of women religious. The purpose is to highlight how Catholics Sisters serve the Church and those in need every day through service and ministry.
This year we will be sharing some images of the Sisters of St. Basil the Great and their ministries. We hope you enjoy them!
Many Ukrainians who arrived in the Philadelphia area after fleeing the war have received much needed assistance from St. Basil Support Ministry. The Support Ministry hosts food distributions on Fridays, 10 am – 12 pm. Sister Teodora Kopyn, OSBM also coordinates deliveries throughout the month for those who lack cars.
Forming Children in the Catholic Faith since 1911!
The Sisters of St. Basil the Great arrived in Philadelphia from Ukraine in 1911. They immediately began teaching and caring for children and orphans. The Sisters’ work has grown and changed over many decades, but it has never lost this focus. The Sisters’ legacy of forming children in the Catholic faith continues more than 110 years later.
Sister Frantsyska (Francis) Shablii, OSBM, who belongs to Holy Trinity Province in Lviv, is part of a program through which Ukrainian Sisters of St. Basil the Great spend a few years ministering in the United States.
Sister Francis teaches religious education on Sundays at St. Michael the Archangel Ukrainian Catholic Church in Jenkintown, located just down the road from the Basilian Motherhouse. So many refugee children have enrolled that two classes are now needed. These children are preparing for First Penance and Solemn Holy Communion.
Sister Frantsyska (Francis) Shablii, OSBM stands with her students at St. Michael in Jenkintown who are preparing for First Penance and Solemn Holy Communion. So many refugee children have enrolled that two classes are now needed.