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A blessing of the New House of Sisters of Mary of the Miraculous Medal

“Unless a wheat grain falls into the earth and dies, it remains only a single grain; but if it dies it yields a rich harvest.” John 12,24

A blessing of the New House of Sisters of Mary of the Miraculous Medal took place on June 1 in the village of Turii Remety, Perechyn district in Transcarpathia. Sisters of Mary are inspired with the example of Our Lady, who is hurrying to her relative Elizabeth. Leopoldine Brandis, a founder of this congregation, wrote: «As Virgin Mary hurries to Elizabeth, so must the Sisters of Mary hurry to the homes of sick and needy to bring them help and comfort».

Sisters of Mary have been working in Turii Remety and surrounding villages since 2016. Sisters visit lonely and sick people at their homes, conduct catechesis with children (organize cooking classes and various handmade crafts interest groups), and help the poor and needy people in the spirit of Saint Vincent de Paul.

The Bishop Ordinary of  Mukachevo Diocese Antal Majnek OFM, the Bishop Ordinary of Mukachevo Greek Catholic Diocese Milan Šášik CM, Superior General of the Congregation of Mission Fr. Tomaž Mavrič СМ, Coordinator of the Association of the Miraculous Medal in the world Fr. Carl Pieber CM, Vice-Visitor of the Vice-Province of SS. Cyril and Methodius Fr. Jan Trzop СМ with confreres of the Congregation of Mission, vicar of Mukachevo Greek Catholic Diocese Fr. Serhii Slobodianiuk, Superioress  General of Sisters of Mary  Sr. Irma Makshe МС, Provincial Superioress of the Croatian Province Sr. Kaya Lubas МС, Provincial Superioress of Slovenian Province Sr. Slavica Lesiak МС arrived to the celebration. Representatives of Vincentian Family from Svaliava, Uzhhorod, Kyiv, Kharkiv, Odesa also came to the celebration. Sisters from different congregations who work in this area – Perechyn, Uzhhorod, Veliky Berezny and Svalyava – were also present. Neighbours and many parishioners came to celebrate together such an important event in the life of the local parish community.

During celebration bishop Antal and bishop Milan consecrated an altar, a chapel and a new house-monastery of sisters.

In the end of the solemn Holy Mass Superioress of the house Sr. Jozhitsa Sterle МС sincerely thanked builders, sisters, fathers, benefactors and volunteers – all who supported the construction of the monastery in any way.

Sister Jozhitsa expressed her special gratitude to Superior General of the Congregation of Mission Fr. Tomaž Mavrič, СМ,  who supported and inspired sisters from the very beginning to open the united community of the Sisters of Mary of the Slovenian and Croatian provinces. Sister Jozhitsa also thanked the architect Ivan Vasiliovych Buria and sisters communicated him a special blessing from the Holy Father Francis.

After the celebration, all the attendees were invited for a meal.

Sisters of Mary of the Miraculous Medal are grateful for the consecration of the house

June 1, 2018

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