Thursday, December 14, 2017

SSMI visit to Cathedral in Philadelphia 2017


On December 12th, 2017, Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan Soroka, together with Bishop John Bura, Bishop Andriy Rabiy and the Rector of the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral in Philadelphia, Very Rev. Roman Pitula welcomed the Mother General of the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate, Sister Sofija Lebedowicz, SSMI, and two of her councilors, Sister Janice Soluk, SSMI of Canada, and Sister Petra Sicakovia, SSMI of Slovakia.  The Sisters were accompanied by nine Sister Servants of Mary Immaculate from Sloatsburg, among them Sister Kathleen Hutsko, Provincial of the Sister Servants of Mary Immaculate in USA.

The visit began with a festive dinner hosted at the Archbishop’s Residence. It was followed by the celebration of a Moleben to the Mother of God before the magnificent mosaic of Blessed Josaphata Hordashevska, SSMI, (foundress of the SSMI) in our Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.  All present were able to personally venerate the relics of Blessed Josaphata, SSMI for their personal needs.  Our guests then visited the Treasury of Faith Museum, located below the Cathedral.  The visit concluded with private discussions between the Mother General, her councilors, with Metropolitan Stefan, Bishop John and Bishop Andriy.

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