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A Special Thank You from Sister Seraphim

To each of us St. Paul puts the question:  Are you not aware that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”

We make Pilgrimages because our hearts are filled with longing – longings to love
and be loved, longings to be treated with dignity, and to live in peace and
justice.  We travel on Pilgrimage because our unsettled hearts are in search of the Holy One who alone can bring us the complete fulfillment of all our desires.

Meanwhile, we will wake up on Tuesday morning and find that, as always, we will be rubbing shoulders and sharing our day with the same family, coworkers and friends.   We are called to bear each other’s burdens in love, whether we find it easy or difficult, because we are connected to one another in the same Divine Source.  As followers
of Jesus, there is no such thing as “your” problem” as yours is mine.  (R. Barron) Throughout each day, in some degree, we are called to help each other to our eternal destiny.  We can only accomplish this by seeing our neighbors and loved ones through the eyes of awe and respect.

C.W. Lewis writes that “You and I have never talked to a mere mortal…  those whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and even exploit are immortal beings with whom we are called to live forever.”  In this world, there are no
ordinary people.

Next to Lord Jesus whom we receive in the Divine Liturgy, your neighbor, your
friend, your beloved spouse or child, is the holiest object you will ever encounter
in this world.

Our lives are not just about us, because they are always related to the infinite
mystery of God, and the fulfillment of His divine plan.

The Sisters of St. Basil, and the Basilian Associates,  thank you Metropolitan Archbishop William, Bishop John, Bishop Gerald, and Rev. Edward Cimbala,
Rev. Archpriests, Rev. Fathers, Deacons, Seminarians, Cantors, Ushers, loyal employees, our generous benefactors, gracious volunteers, and all of you, our brother and Sister Pilgrims.

We thank you for sharing these moments and hours of your lives.  You bless Mount
St. Macrina with your prayers and your holy presence.  May the Lord keep you safe an give you His peace throughout the coming year.

Remember always thatyou are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you”.

You are not ordinary, for you a royal priesthood, you are the people of God.

Closing Remarks from Sister Seraphim at the 78th Annual Pilgrimage







By |2012-09-21T14:33:07+00:00September 4th, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on A Special Thank You from Sister Seraphim

78th Pilgrimage – Friday Evening

The Sisters of St. Basil invite you to join us as we celebrate the 78th Annual Pilgrimage in Honor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.  At the Shrine Altar on Friday evening, many Pilgrims gathered for Matins. Several took the opportunity before Matins and afterwards to stoll through the Mount and enjoy the beautiful grounds.  Click here to visit our Photo Album for Friday evening. 

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow. For a complete schedule of events, click here.

By |2012-09-01T01:31:54+00:00September 1st, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 78th Pilgrimage – Friday Evening

Annual Pilgrimage featured on KDKA’s Pittsburgh Live Today

The 78th Annual Pilgrimage in honor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and the story of Mount St. Macrina was featured on the television show Pittsburgh Live Today on KDKA, Tuesday, August 28. Sister Barbara Jean Mihalchick, OSBM, and volunteer Laura Santore were be interviewed. Watch the segment here.

By |2012-08-30T13:38:35+00:00August 30th, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Annual Pilgrimage featured on KDKA’s Pittsburgh Live Today

Mount St. Macrina Featured

Mount St. Macrina and the upcoming 78th Pilgrimage was featured in Saturday’s edition
of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 

Doug Oster who writes the garden features for the newspaper
filmed at the Mount two weeks ago to produce the article and the video
presentation.  He was attracted to the Mount by an invitation from
Laura Santore, a volunteer at the Mount and a landscape architect, who
renovated the Our Lady of Victory Garden, the fishpond area.  To enjoy the
feature, click here.


By |2012-08-26T01:36:08+00:00August 26th, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Mount St. Macrina Featured

Thank You to Our Volunteers!

The Sisters of St. Basil wish to thank all who participated in the pre-Pilgrimage work day on August 18.  We truly appreciate all of the efforts and hard work expended to prepare the Mount for the Pilgrimage.  The buildings are sparkling and the grounds are an array of color.

View the photos of our work day here.

By |2012-08-23T17:08:45+00:00August 23rd, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Thank You to Our Volunteers!

Medovniki Time!

Ahhhhh……the chirping of the first robins, the smell of fresh newly mown grass, the skies so blue and crystal clear, the gentle rains of spring refreshing the earth.  All of this
turns one’s attention gently but steadily toward……..Medovniki?  That’s right friends, the unmistakable sights, sounds and smells of the Sisters of St. Basil’s bake ovens firing up
once again as sure as the first robin sings and the spring grass grows!

This year, as in the past few years, the Province of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Uniontown was assisted with the baking project by Sisters from St. Cyril and Methodius Vice Province in Secovce, Slovakia.  Sisters Sebastiana and Pavla were just
“rolling in dough” as we kneaded and kneaded and kneaded thousands of honey
cakes in preparation for the annual Pilgrimage. More than a dozen Sisters of St. Basil, along with several of our faithful volunteers, spent weeks  rolling,
dusting, icing, decorating and packaging over 26,000 cookies.

Please join us for the annual Pilgrimage in honor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Labor Day Weekend and purchase a box or two of these “sweet treats”!

View photo album here.

By |2012-08-23T17:04:48+00:00August 21st, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Medovniki Time!

Cause for Rejoicing at Mount St. Macrina

“There is cause for rejoicing here.” This sentence in the first letter of St. Peter to the Christian community aptly describes the celebration of jubilees and anniversaries in the
lives of the Sisters of St. Basil at Uniontown, PA. This year marked the Golden
Jubilees of Sister Ruth Plante, OSBM and Sister Elizabeth Jane Tepley,
OSBM.  Sunday, August 5th, the prefestive day of the Feast of the Transfiguration, was chosen to mark their anniversary of entrance into the religious life.


By |2012-08-10T14:34:59+00:00August 9th, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Cause for Rejoicing at Mount St. Macrina

Transfiguration of Our Lord – August 6

The icons of the Nativity and the Baptism of the Lord portray Christ Jesus in his kenosis.  He is the servant who comes to clothe humankind and all creation with robes of future transformation and incorruptibility.  The Transfiguration
shows us Jesus ‘in the form of God’ (Phil. 2:6). This is also a manifestation
of the Holy Trinity.


By |2012-08-02T15:00:38+00:00August 2nd, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on

Sr. Vitalia Tomcho, OSBM Celebrates 103rd Birthday

The Basilian Community gathered with Sister Vitalia Tomcho, OSBM, recently to commemorate her 103rd birthday.  His Eminence, Archbishop William arrived to
celebrate the occasion with Divine Liturgy at Mount Macrina Manor. Chaplain
Father Michael Huszti concelebrated. Family members from Ohio and Texas joined in the festivities.

All gathered after the Liturgy for a special dinner in
Sister Vitalia’s honor.

Sister Seraphim Olsafsky, OSBM, Provincial Superior, thanked
Sister Vitalia for her long years of dedicated service and her life of
prayer.  Sister commemorated 80 years as a Sister of St. Basil last year, the first member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Province to reach this milestone.

By |2012-07-19T15:44:43+00:00July 19th, 2012|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Sr. Vitalia Tomcho, OSBM Celebrates 103rd Birthday
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