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With joy let us enter the beginning of the Fast

The Sisters of St. Basil wish all of our Associates, readers, benefactors and  friends a prayerful and fruitful Lenten season.  May you be inspired by the words of St. Basil:

“True fasting lies in rejecting evil, holding one’s tongue, suppressing one’s hatred and banishing one’s lust, evil words, lying and betrayal of vows.” – St. Basil

Read Pope Francis’ 2017 Lenten message >>

Support the Sisters on Amazon


During this Christmas season and all year, when you shop online at, Amazon will donate to the Sisters of St. Basil the Great. Simply go to , create an Amazon Smile account (you can use your existing Amazon account) and select the “Sisters of St. Basil the Great” as your beneficiary. You’ll find the exact same prices, selection and shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the Sisters.

Hilton Garden Inn Offers Special 2017 Rate for Pilgrimage

gi_exterior001_698x390_fittoboxsmalldimension_centerWe have secured a special group rate at the Hilton Garden Inn in Uniontown from Thursday, 8/31/2017 through and Tuesday, 9/5/2017.

The rate will be honored by the hotel three days before and three days after based on availability.

The special rate is $129.00/night, which includes a voucher for the full cooked-to-order breakfast (normally sells for $10.95 per person each morning) each day.  Each additional registered guest can receive a breakfast voucher with an increased rate of $5.00 per person per day. ** see below for additional info


Please make your reservations using one of the following methods:

  • Use the Hilton Garden Inn Uniontown Website


When booking, please select the option to “Add Special Rate Codes” and enter Group Code APB

  • Contact the Hotel Directly to make the Reservation

Call  (724) 434-7200 and select Option 5.

Tell them that you want the 2017 Annual Pilgrimage Group Rate (Group Code APB).



Obituary: Sr. Stephanie Bavol

sr-stephanieSr. Stephanie (Elizabeth) Bavol quietly and peaceful entered the fullness of life on Mon., Oct. 17. After retiring from active ministry due to health issues, Sr. Stephanie resided at Mt. Macrina Manor for the past eight years. Her cheerful countenance and acceptance of this change in her life was an inspiration to all who cared for her. She never failed to greet one with a smile and the question, “So how are you doing?”

Sister Stephanie was born in Trenton, N.J., the daughter of the late John and Susan (Vasilko) Bavol. In 1941, she entered the Sisters of St. Basil from St. Mary’s Church, Trenton, N.J. Having made the decision to offer her life in service to God at the early age of 16, she remained faithful to this call for 76 years.

Sr. Stephanie’s life in ministry ranged from being prefect of boys and girls in St. Nicholas Orphanage, to prefect at Mt. St. Macrina Academy, to being a teacher in the primary grades for over 25 years in the various places where the Sisters served. Of her last and most beloved ministry, that of iconography she wrote, “My last apostolate which is iconography—is the most prayerful and peaceful. I pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to guide and help me.” Sr. Stephanie, in fact, has the distinction of being the first iconographer in the community.

Following upon her degree in education and certification in Elementary Education and Art from Marywood College, she was privileged to pursue her study in art under Master Iconographer, Philip Zimmerman, with whom she also conducted workshops both in this country and abroad. Over the years, Sr. Stephanie had been commissioned to write several icons for special occasions, one of which was presented to Pope St. John Paul II by the late Archbishop Judson Procyk as a token of esteem and gratitude. Through prayer and inspiration, Sister Stephanie also wrote an icon depicting the Call of the Apostles which became the official Vocation Icon of the Eparchy of Passaic at the time. These and many other commissioned icons and the several which grace the walls of the monastery near the chapel are testimony to Sister’s gifts and God-given talents.

Sr. Stephanie was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Mary Bavol, Ann Vanisko, and Margaret Mattaliano; and her brothers John and Michael Bavol. In addition to her members in community, she is survived by her cherished sister, Sr. Theresa, also a member of the Sisters of St. Basil, and many devoted nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends were received at the Monastery Chapel on Thurs., Oct. 20 and the Parastas Service was sung that evening. The Funeral Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Friday morning, Oct. 21, in the Monastery Chapel. Interment followed in the Dormition Section of Mount Macrina Cemetery.                         







Seminary Concert Tour Comes to the Mount

The Orientale Lumen Foundation is presenting their third Seminary Concert Tour. The tour started Sept. 11 and will conclude on Oct. 2. The choir includes 16 seminarians from the Blessed Theodore Romzha Seminary in Uzhoroed, Transcarpathia, Ukraine. They performed their two brief concerts of sacred music(both plain chant and choral arrangements), in the Church Slavonic language at the Monastery and Mount Macrina Manor on September 14.

The Sisters and the Choir pose for a group photo in the dining room of the Monastery. This was taken on the last day of their visit to the Mount.

The Sisters and the Choir pose for a group photo in the dining room of the Monastery. This was taken on the last day of their visit to the Mount.