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June 2021

Updates: Helping Hands Day

By |2021-06-03T15:32:13+00:00June 3rd, 2021|Uncategorized|

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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May 2021

Memorial Day Commemoration – Mount St. Macrina Cemetery

By |2021-05-26T22:19:00+00:00May 21st, 2021|Uncategorized|

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

By |2021-05-13T16:16:11+00:00May 13th, 2021|Uncategorized|

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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April 2021

Virtual Young Adult Retreat – June 11-13, 2021

By |2021-04-23T14:22:49+00:00April 23rd, 2021|Uncategorized|

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: 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

By |2021-04-18T20:56:13+00:00April 18th, 2021|Uncategorized|

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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March 2021

Sisters Commemorate Catholic Sisters Week with a Food Drive

By |2021-03-21T23:45:58+00:00March 21st, 2021|Uncategorized|

Sister Ruth at the Food Drive

Celebrations of all kinds have taken new formats this year. The Sisters at Mount St. Macrina commemorated Catholic Sisters’ Week by holding a food drive involving the public and a clothing and housewares collection in-house.  The beneficiaries of the food drive, held March 9-20, were two local food banks, St. Vincent de Paul Society and Fayette County Community Action. Clothing and household goods were divided among local outreach programs.

Mary House accommodates 4-5 women in transition, guided by two Sisters of Charity of Greensburg.  The Goodwill Store accepted household items. A large part of the collection went to Fresh Fire Church which distributes clothing and household goods to the needy free of charge. Local benefactors brought generous amounts of food, health and hygiene products to the Religious Gift Shop to distribute to the many unemployed of Fayette County.  Local agencies have expressed their gratitude for the Sisters’ outreach and for their prayers.

Sister Barbara Jean delivers clothes to Sister Annette Frey, SC at Mary House

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February 2021


By |2021-02-05T19:17:47+00:00February 5th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Sister Regina (Claire Marie) Adams took the final steps of her journey into eternal life in the late evening of February 3, 2021. Entering the hospital with some health problems, she fully expected to return to her mission at St. Mary’s in Wilkes-Barre, PA. The Lord, whom she served so faithfully, however, had other plans for her and took her swiftly to Himself from there.

Sister Regina was born in Trenton, NJ, the daughter of the late Michael and Anna (Anchak) Adams. She entered the community from St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church in Trenton, NJ on February 4, 1957 and made her Final Profession of Vows on August 26, 1962.

For about half of her religious life, Sister Regina spent her energies in teaching, and she was able to convey her love of this ministry whether her students were in the primary grades or the upper ones. Her abilities came into play as she also managed the duties of principal when necessary.  Sister Regina’s zeal for learning was matched by her enthusiasm for science, evidenced by her interest in the PA Jr. Academy of Science. Here, her students always placed favorably in these competitions.

Further, Sister’s talent for music served her well in her later years of parish ministry when she was often called upon to cantor for the Divine Services. She had a strong voice and one that was easy to follow. Not surprisingly, sports also had a prominent place among Sister Regina’s interests. Anything connected with Notre Dame or the Steelers had a special place in her heart.

After the schools where the Sisters served were closed, Sister Regina’s energies then turned to parish ministry for the remainder of her life. Chief among the duties of this ministry was visiting the sick of the parishes.  Her lively nature lent itself to bringing cheer to those who were homebound, in hospitals or in nursing homes. This ministry, to which she devoted herself with great dedication, was to be her last. From there it was just another step into eternity.

Pilgrims will remember Sister Regina’s familiar face at the Holupki Stand where she was always ready to greet them with joy and with a smile. In the community, Sister will be missed for her sense of humor and her infectious laughter. A friend of hers characterized this laughter as mimicking a tommy gun; thus giving her the nickname “Tommy.” She herself wanted to be remembered for her deep sense of faith and trust in God. No doubt, it was this she called upon as she surrendered her life into the hands of God.

Sister Regina was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Michael. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. In addition to the members of her community, she is survived by her two devoted nieces Linda Marfino and Regina Garb and their families.

Due to the coronavirus restrictions, there will be no public viewing. All services are private and will held in the monastery Chapel on Tuesday, February 9 at 10:30 a.m. Archbishop William Skurla will celebrate the Funeral Divine Liturgy with Rev. Jerome Botsko, Monastery Chaplain as concelebrant.