New Sisters Coming to Assumption Parish and School in Perth Amboy, NJ


On Sunday, October 10, Most Rev. Andriy Rabiy, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia; Fr. Ivan Turyk, pastor of the Ukrainian Catholic Parish of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother of God; and Mrs. Lissette Shumny, principal of the parish school joined with the faithful to celebrate the arrival from Ukraine of Sister Maria Veronica, Superior of the Sisters Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará (SSVM). Sister Maria Veronica was accompanied by Provincial Superior, Mother Mary of the Immaculate Conception Ambrogio, along with six other sisters.

After the Divine Liturgy they discussed the Sisters’ future mission at Assumption in both the parish and the school. Sister Maria vid Khresta’s (of the Cross) arrival is expected Sunday, October 18. Until then Sister Maria Veronica resides in the congegation’s Brooklyn monastery.

“As Sisters establish their first Byzantine Catholic Rite mission in the United States, we strongly believe that while fulfilling their main role of ‘prayer’ their presence will be an instrument of evangelization in our parish and school,” remarked Fr. Turyk on his Facebook page. The Sisters Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará, originally a Latin Church congregation, established its Eastern branch in Ukraine in 1998.

The Sisters Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará will be the second religious congregation serving at Assumption in Perth Amboy, NJ. The Missionary Sisters of the Mother of God served in the parish and school 1963-2018.


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