We are The Sister Servants of the Blessed Sacrament, a religious community devoting our lives to adoration of the Holy Eucharist and the education of children and youth. For more than years, we have shared a life of service and dedication in communities in the United States, Mexico, Central America and South America. Share that journey with us now. We can also answer any questions you may have if you think you may be called to the religious life. It all begins with love. Women between 17 and 35 years of age are invited to join us for vocation retreats in California. We must pray without tiring, for the salvation of mankind does not depend on material success; nor on sciences that cloud the intellect. Neither does it depend on arms and human industries, but on Jesus alone.
Pope Francis proclaims “Year of St Joseph”
Radiating joyful service and promoting Gospel values
The American Province has undertaken various apostolic works serving God and neighbor in a spirit of Franciscan joy since The above left icon depicts our spirituality and apostolic life. The icon of the hands represent our apostolic service of people. The sisters try to imitate Christ and his Mother, especially in the mystery of their simple, hidden life in Nazareth.
A daily prayer to St Joseph… and a challenge
The community is contemplative-active, committed to evangelization through catechesis and retreats, according to the ideals of St. Francis and St. Dominic who rebuilt the Church in Truth and Charity. The Sister Servants run Casa Maria Retreat House, and also participate in family catechesis, Sacramental preparation, and other catechetical missions throughout the diocese, teaching "spiritual things spiritually. Our community hosts structured retreats open to individuals, couples, or groups, which run from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon.
They were founded in in Lviv , then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and now in Ukraine , the first such organization of religious women in this Eastern Catholic Church. The adherents of this union were a minority within the general Ukrainian population, with strong hostility coming from the adherents of the Orthodox Church. Ukrainian Catholics retained the traditions of Orthodox Church institutions, one of which was an enclosed religious order as the sole approved option for women who wanted to live a religious lifestyle. From his experiences with the Polish Roman Catholics, Lomnytskyj conceived the idea of establishing communities of active Religious Sisters to assist the Basilian Fathers in answering the great social needs of the people, as had emerged throughout Western Europe during that era. Lomnytskyj was invited in by Father Cyril Sielecki , a widowed priest, to give a mission at the parish of Zhuzhel now called Zhuzheliany where he was leaving as pastor. The mission was very well received, and he was approached by several young girls who wanted to give their lives to God. When he indicated that the usual dowry would be needed for admission to a monastery, one girl indicated that she was too poor for that. Lomnytskyj was troubled by this. Michaelina Hordashevska, later to be known as Mother Josaphata, had already been discerning a religious vocation. Lomnytskyj acted as her spiritual director in Lviv, and under his guidance, she made a private vow of chastity.