The Conference of Slovak Religious met at Mount St. Macrina recently for their annual meeting. Eighteen sisters from various parts of the Eastern United States arrived Friday afternoon and gathered in the evening for the business meeting. Saturday morning began with singing Matins and Divine Liturgy together with the Sisters of St. Basil. A mini-pilgrimage experience followed, dedicated to Our Lady of Perpetual Help. The Sisters began by singing her Akathist in the monastery chapel and then proceeded outdoors to continue the prayer at the Lourdes Grotto. The next venue was the Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in the House of Prayer where they sang a memorial service, the Panachida, in remembrance of their deceased members. The members returned to the monastery for lunch with the Sisters who truly enjoyed the visitors.
This organization, the Conference of Slovak Religious, provides a forum for sharing among religious congregations and it elicits support for those who have members in Slovakia. The Sisters of the Order of St. Basil the Great are an international Order with Sisters in a dozen countries including two groups in Slovakia. The Uniontown Province has participated in the Conference for many years.