Home of Hope Fundraising Breakfast - 2019
The annual Home of Hope Breakfast has been organized by the Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League of Canada – Manitoba region for the past six years. Their efforts helps the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate Home of Hope ministry in Lviv, Ukraine. For the past six years the event has raised a total of over $100,000. The support generated from this event helps the Sisters with the day-to-day operations of the home that ensures the girls can receive and education and develop life skills.
The Lubov SSSMI Foundation is in regular contact with the Sisters at the Home of Hope. They provide regular updates on how the community is doing, including financial reports on the use of the donations received from Canada. They do share stories from the young women that come to the Home. Every story is filled with tragedy and most of those that come to the Home experience a transformation. Like the story from one of the girls….
“When I came into this world, I was rejected and left as an orphan. My first home was a special orphanage for babies. Later as an orphan I was placed in a boarding school and as I got older an orphanage became my home. I never had any visitors and every day I would wish that my mother would come and get me. Eventually I realized that this day was not going to happen. The only way I was able to cope with life is to become bitter, aggressive and rebellious against everyone and everything.”
When this young girl came to the Home of Hope for the first time, Sister could see how deeply wounded she was. The girl kept her distance, and continued with her rebellious, self-centered attitude. It was a difficult time for the community of Sisters and other young women at the home. But in one year her life began to change. She allowed herself to experience the love of others and the love of God. She has learned life skills and discovered the many gifts that she has and is willing to share with others. She will soon graduate with her post-secondary education and has a dream to share her life in ministry with others.
It is now three years since she came to the Hope. This is what she recently shared with the Sisters. “My life before the Home of Hope was irresponsible, difficult and out of control, but here everything changed. The example lived out by the Sisters is one that is very patient, caring and challenging. From the beginning I did not accept the Sisters but I eventually realized that everything they do, they do it out of an act of love. Because of this my life has had a lot of changes. I became responsible for my life and life decisions, I was able to let go of my complexes and become more confident. Most importantly I discovered God. I thank God for this family that has made me realize that I am needed – I have a purpose. This feeling has made me a happy person.”
There are always new beginnings at the Home of Hope…young women are moving on (Graduating in their programs), while others are arriving.
The home relies on our Canadian support to keep its doors open. Thank you to the UCWLC and many donors that come forward annually to ensure that the support is there from the Home of Hope community.
Maryka Chabluk introducing her families latest CD release with proceeds to the Home of Hope. The Chabluk family and friends sang Aleluia and The Lords Prayer to open the event
Sr. Eronima, SSMI Ukraine - Head of the Home of Hope
Sr. Myroslava, SSMI Ukraine - Provincial Superior
Sr. Theresa Slota, SSMI - Translator for the event
The UCWLC was proud to present the Sisters with the Icons.
This special Icon entitled the Mother of Canada was created by iconographer Vera Lazarowich Semchuk. This version of the icon was written in 2010 and includes elements such as 7 stalks of wheat, symbolic of the Eucharist and 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit. The green maple leaf symbolizes the living faith thriving in Canada.
The Winter edition of From the Heart is here!
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Jubilee Celebrations - 65, 70 and 75 years!
Sister Christina Syrotynsky, Provincial, with Sister Carmela Lukey - Celebrating 65 years
Sisters Elicia and Maryann
L-R: Sister Carmela Lukey - 65 years, Sister Darleane Pelechaty, Metropolitan Lawrence Huculak,
Sister Christina Syrotynsky, Sister Hilary Lenyk - 75 years, and Sister Elicia Telenko - 70 years (seated in front)
Sisters Servant's of Mary Immaculate
Vow Renewals and Final Vows
On Tuesday, August 14th, Sister Emily Schietzsch renewed her vows
On Wednesday, August 15th, Sister Oresta Svorak said her final vows
L to R: Sr. Christina Syrotynsky, Sr. Oresta Svoorak, Sr. Janice Soluk, Sr. Darleane Pelechaty
2017 - 2018 Annual Report
We are pleased to share our 2017-2018 Annual Report with you! Please click below to view
IHMS Alumni Newslettert
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Front row, L-R: Sr. Sofia Lebedowycz - Superior General, Sr. Bonifatia Djakiw - Vice-General, 1st Councillor
Back row, L-R: Sr. Luiza Ciupa - 4th Councillor, Sr. Janice Soluk, 2nd Councillor, Sr. Mykolaya Stepas - 3rd Councillor
On Saturday, August 13, 2016, General Superior Sr. Theresa Slota, and her council ratified the election of:
New Provincial Superior, Sr. Christina Syrotynsky
Vice-Provincial and First Councillor, Sr. Theresa Matwe
Second Councillor, Sr. Janice Soluk
Third Councillor, Sr. Janet Kozak
Fourth Councillor, Sr. Jean Zemliak
Left to Right - Sr. Janet Kozak, Sr. Janice Soluk, Sr. Christina Syrotynsky, Sr. Theresa Matwe, Sr. Jean Zemliak
The Sisters’ mission has be commemorated by a bronze sculpture done by Don and Shirley Begg, who have owned and operated Studio West Limited, in Cochrane, Alberta. The unveiling and blessing of the Sisters Statue took place on Sunday, July 31, 2016.
This piece was created along with various statues representing other Dauphin founders, and we thank Dauphin for the honour.