Pilgrimage of the Missionary Sisters of the Most Holy Redeemer in Rome marks 25 years of their presence in Ukraine


The Missionary Sisters of the Most Holy Redeemer began their pilgrimage to the important places in Italy on 15th September. The sisters first visited the community of St. Alphonsus, Rome welcomed by Fr. Andrzej Wodka, CSsR. The Holy Mass presided over by Msgr Bohdan Dziurakh CSsR (Apostolic Exarch of Germany and Scandinavia) in St Peter’s Basilica at the tomb of St Basilio on 16th September was an important moment where the Bishops of Greek Catholic, priests and the Sisters of MSSR prayed together for the peace in Ukraine and for Fr. Ivan Levytskyi and Fr. Bohdan Haleta, who are still in Russian captivity.  

At the Angelus on Sunday, September 17, Pope Francis, congratulating the Ukrainian sisters, urged them to continue to pray for Ukraine, here are the Holy Father’s words:

“And I greet all of you, Romans and pilgrims from Italy and from various countries, especially … the Missionary Sisters of the Most Holy Redeemer of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. And we continue to pray for the martyred Ukrainian people and for peace in the land affected by war.”

The presence of the Redemptorist Sisters today in St. Peter’s Square is another small occasion to remind the world of Ukraine, which is suffering from the Russian war of aggression. After the prayer, the sisters stayed on the square for a long time as people of different nationalities expressed their support, love, and admiration for Ukraine.

We learn more about MSSR when the youngest sisters had not yet been born when the first group of girls, barely 17 years old, knocked on the Redemptorist fathers’ door with the idea of becoming the women’s branch of the St. Alphonsus community. The idea came to life, and now they are a little more than 25 sisters.  

Sisters came to Rome to thank St. Alphonsus, who in 1732 began this important work of spreading the good news of the Redemption, and to participate in this mission. Therefore, the sisters began to walk in the footsteps of St Alphonsus to gain a little of his Charism.

Monastic life is not understood by everyone, but the sisters understand it as the best way for them to respond with love to Love. And today they have received a lot of love and support from the people they have met, who are participating in their celebration of this important anniversary.

To be a Redemptorist sister is to have such a beautiful family of sisters and brothers, where one will always be cozy, safe and have a thousand ideas for joy.

Through this pilgrimage, they wish to get to know each other more, to pray together out loud and in silence, be each other’s support and shoulder each one’s burden.

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