In recent years, when Sister Salome was asked what she was doing in her retirement, she would reply, “Waiting for the Lord.” This time of waiting ended in the evening of Wednesday, September 29th when the Lord came to take Sister to her heavenly home.

Sister Salome (Helen) Yanochko was born in Freeland, PA, the daughter of  Andrew and Mary (Sakosky) Yanochko. She entered the Sisters of St. Basil in Uniontown on September 15, 1950 from St. Mary’s Church in Freeland, PA and made her Final Profession of Vows on January 1, 1956 in the presence of the late Very Rev. George Bonchonsky.

From 1953, when she was first assigned to teach, Sister Salome had been busy shaping the lives of first and second graders. She loved teaching, and she spent 59 years in this ministry, 24 of these at St. Mary’s School in Cleveland, OH. Sister brought to her classroom the gift of her gentle ways and her enthusiasm for any advances in methodology. She took great delight in learning and using whatever technology was available to help those entrusted to her care.

During the summers, Sister’s artistic talent came to the fore when she spent hours faithfully decorating the large “medovniki” hearts which were so much a part of the annual pilgrimage. Each year she varied the decorations, always adding her significant touch of beauty to them. Probably her favorite pilgrimage ministry was at the ice cream stand; there she enjoyed greeting the pilgrims from the side window with a smile.

After retiring from the teaching ministry, Sister Salome returned to the Monastery. Almost immediately, looking to be helpful, she assisted the sacristan in several ways. There are also many small “duties” in a monastery, and Sister Salome took care of some of these in her quiet and unassuming manner. Among these was her careful tending to the peace plants that can be found in the foyer or corridor. We know they will miss her touch. No less will her absence be felt in her lively conversation at table, in her subtle sense of humor and in her smiles. In all, the hallmark of her work and presence was her cheerful disposition.

Sister Salome wanted to be remembered for her deep faith and prayer, and her Sisters in community can attest to this. It was a rare occasion for Sister Salome’s place to be empty in the chapel. As for being remembered for her love of teaching, her many students over the course of her career can surely attest to this.

Sister Salome was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers John, Michael and Nicholas Yanochko and her sister Mary Kusmider. In addition to her Sisters in community, she is survived by her brother Andrew and her sisters Anna Yanochko and Irene Larkin.  Relatives and friends will be received at the Monastery on Friday, October 1, from 3:30 pm to the time of the Parastas Service which will be sung at 7:00 pm. The Funeral Divine Liturgy will be celebrated on Saturday, October 2 at 10:30 am at the Monastery. Interment will follow in the Dormition Section of Mount Macrina Cemetery.

Donald R. Crawford Funeral Home. Hopwood, is in charge of arrangements.


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The Sisters of St. Basil the Great in Uniontown gather for community meetings and celebrations in July. As is customary during this time, the Sisters commemorated the Jubilarians during Community Week.  This year Sister Euphemia Kopa celebrated 75 years of religious life and Sister Margaret Kapusnak, 70 years.

The Jubilee Divine Liturgy was held Tuesday, July 20, at the monastery with Chaplain Rev. Jerome Botsko officiating.  The Sisters renewed their vows in a spirit of thanksgiving amidst the prayers of all the community. A celebratory dinner followed with a program of remarks and reminiscences.

Sister Euphemia Kopa entered religious life from Assumption of the Mother of God Byzantine Catholic Church in Weirton, West Virginia.  Sister first served at the newly established St. Basil Home for Aged Women for two years and then dedicated her teaching years to the youngest children, kindergarten through second grade. Sister Euphemia was also a principal, the Administrator of the former St. Basil’s Home, and also served in the bishop’s residence. Of late Sister has assisted in the monastery baking department and the medovniki project for the Pilgrimage as well as with hospitality.

Sister Margaret Kapusnak arrived from St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.  Sister served as a teacher in the elementary and high school level for several years and was also the editor of The Voice magazine and Novice Directress before she began ministry in the Passaic Office of Religious Education. Later, Sister served for six years in the General Administration of the Order in Rome. After her return she was elected Provincial Superior in Uniontown in 1990. Following her term in leadership, Sister taught English in Trebisov, Slovakia in the newly established high school of the Greek Catholic Eparchy.  From 1997 to 2001 she was the Development Director for the Province, and since then, Sister served as the Province Secretary at the monastery.

Sister Susan Sisko, Provincial Superior, acknowledged the faithful service of these Sisters for a combined 145 years, as well as their diversity of talents offered joyfully to the Lord.


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Updates: Helping Hands Day

We look forward to welcoming our volunteers this Saturday, June 5, for Helping Hands Day!

Just an important note: ALL WORK WILL BE DONE OUTSIDE. MASKS ARE NOT REQUIRED. See you on Saturday!

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Memorial Day Commemoration – Mount St. Macrina Cemetery

Thousands of Catholic Cemeteries across the United States will participate in services honoring those brave men and women who died while serving  in the armed forces, as well as recognizing our active military and retired veterans who have generously served our country.

Mt. St. Macrina will participate through the celebration of a Prayer Service according to the Byzantine Catholic tradition.  This Service includes special petitions for our deceased and our living military men and women.  The local AM Vets 103 Honor Guard will pay tribute with their presence and participation is procession, military salute, and taps. 

The Service is scheduled for Memorial Day, Monday, May 31st, at Mt. St. Macrina Cemetery.  The Service will begin at 10:30 am, weather permitting.  The main Celebrant will be our Metropolitan Archbishop, William C. Skurla, D.D. along with Father Jerome Botsko, Chaplain to the Sisters of St. Basil.

We Sisters are honored and blessed to have the opportunity to celebrate the men and women who have sacrificed so much in order to defend the rights of all to freedom, justice, and peace!

Path of the   Warrior   (Video honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.)

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Volunteers Needed: Helping Hands Day – June 5, 2021

The annual Greek Catholic Union Helping Hands Day at Mt. St. Macrina in Uniontown, PA, to assist the Sisters of St. Basil, will resume this year. We ask anyone interested in assisting to complete the form below and return to the Sisters. They would like an accurate count of volunteers to insure that COVID-19 guidelines in place at the time of the event, can be followed.

Registration Form – 2021 Helping Hands Day

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Virtual Young Adult Retreat – June 11-13, 2021

Discovering Truth: Navigating the Battle of Moral Choices



Ages 18-39

Offering: $50 Donation  Registration Due: June 4

Register by June 1 to receive your copy of the book: “Making Choices” in time for the retreat.

Retreatants will meet by computer in five sessions, each 60-90 minutes  beginning 7:30 pm Friday ending by 2:00 pm Sunday. The schedule will be posted on Facebook at this site: thesistersofstbasilthegreat

Conferences on Christian life, reflection sheets, breakout sessions for discussion; prayer services will be provided; optional “Emmaus Walk” for those with past experience of the retreat.

Offering: $50 Donation.  Register by email:  hpmsm@verizon.net or send to House of Prayer, 510 W. Main Street, Uniontown PA  15401. The donation supports the House of Prayer. Please pay by check and send in with your registration.

Download the registration flyer: Young Adult Registration Flyer



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Sisters of St. Basil Announce New Administration

The Sisters of St. Basil are pleased to announce our new administration. Sr. Susan Sisko is our new provincial. Sr. Carol Petrasovich is assistant provincial. Sr. Barbara Jean Mihalchick and Sr. Joanne Lickvar join them on the council. We ask for your prayers as we begin this new and exciting chapter of our community.

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