Who We Are
Lubov – which means love in Ukrainian – was founded to help support the ministries of the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate (SSMI), whose mandate is to serve where the need is greatest, and who believe that “To Serve is to Love.”
SSMI ministries educate the young; provide spiritual comfort to those in need; nurture the lonely; care for the sick and elderly; bring hope to vulnerable girls and young women in Ukraine; and provide an atmosphere of compassion and education for orphans in Ukraine.
These are delivered primarily through Holy Family Home, a 317-bed personal care home; and Immaculate Heart of Mary School (IHMS), a vibrant K-8 school and nursery (“Sadochok”) in Winnipeg; as well as missions in communities across Canada and in Ukraine.
About the SSMI
Since their founding more than 100 years ago in Western Ukraine, the SSMI strive to follow the example of their patroness Mary, the Immaculate Mother of God, and are committed to a communal life of prayer and service to God's people, primarily but not exclusively, those of the Ukrainian Catholic Church.
As women who have responded to Christ's call to dedicate their entire beings and lives to God through a life of prayer and active service, they share their experience of God's compassion, forgiveness and unconditional love. They live in community, encouraging and supporting one another in their apostolic life journey. Daily they unite in prayer in response to the requests of many, trusting in the Lord’s words: "Ask, and it shall be given to you."