Sisters Of St. Basil The Great Elect New Provincial And Council 

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The Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great are a  pontifical order of Eastern Catholic women whose  origins date to the 4th century sibling-saints Basil and  Macrina. Today the Sisters of St. Basil live and work  around the world, ministering on four continents in  education, orphanages, healthcare, pastoral care, and  other capacities. The Order is divided into administrative units called provinces, and the Motherhouse  in Jenkintown is home to the Jesus, Lover of  Humanity Province.

Every five years the members of the Jesus,  Lover of Humanity Province hold a Provincial  Chapter to elect their leadership team, which  consists of a Provincial and three Council  members. On Monday, June 14, 2021, the  newly elected Sisters were announced: Sister  Joann Sosler, Provincial; Sister Dorothy Ann Busowski, Assistant Provincial; Sister Clement Bartholomew,  Councilor; Sister Teodora Kopyn, Councilor.

Also during the Chapter, two proposals were made regarding the Jesus, Lover of Humanity Province’s  strategic directions. The first put forth four points:  exploring possibilities for collaboration, increasing  province participation in leadership, revitalizing lay involvement, and pursuing new ministry opportunities. The second proposal focused more specifically on  potential collaboration or covenant relationships with  other Basilian provinces around the world, along the  lines of the relationship now enjoyed with Ukraine’s  Holy Trinity Province.

A celebratory dinner was held on Friday evening for the outgoing Provincial and Council  while another took place on Monday evening  to welcome the new ones. Metropolitan Archbishop Borys Gudziak in a phone conversation congratulated Sister Joann on her election. Overall, Sister Teodora described this  Provincial Chapter as unfolding very peacefully, while Sister Clement expressed confidence in God’s  presence throughout and especially in His role in  bringing out the best of the Sisters for the occasion.

My God bless and inspire Sisters Joann, Dorothy Ann,  Clement, and Teodora to lead the Province with courage and wisdom for the next five years!

Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great

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