January 9, 2020


On Sunday evening, January 8, 2020, the clergy and faithful of Winnipeg gathered at Holy Family Home for the blessing of the large new expansion followed by a reception. The home, operated by the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate, has been around for since 1957, but back in 2007, the Sisters and the Board began planning for the expansion that was greatly needed. By 2016 the construction had begun. Some three years and $67 million later, the Home now has 157 new long-term spaces for residents. The residents that were already living at the Home were moved into new rooms over a three-day period in October prior to the first presentation/tour of the new expansion to government officials and other interested parties.

The President and CEO of Holy Family Home, Jean Piché spoke at the January ceremony, giving and bit of the history of the project and of the expansion in particular. He explained that the underlying spirit of the HFM and the expansion project was - above all - about providing a safe and welcoming environment for the elderly where they would be cared for according to the best of Catholic values and in a spirit pastoral care. The Canadian Provincial Superior of the Sisters, Sr. Christina Syrotynsky and her Provincial Council joined their Sisters in Winnipeg for this historic and joyful occasion. Sr. Christina expressed thanks to all those involved in the realization of the expansion project, many by name, but everyone for their donations and support over the years.

His Grace, Metropolitan Lawrence Huculak, joined by the retired Metropolitan of Philadelphia, Archbishop-emeritus Stefan Soroka blessed the new expansion by prayer and the sprinkling of holy water while those gathered sang carols. The Ukrainian Orthodox Metropolitan of Canada, His Eminence Yurij (Kalistchuk) of Winnipeg, who also attended the event, offered a prayer and blessing prior to the gala reception.

Many people from Winnipeg attended the event. This included those of the residents who were able to come down to the link/foyer - the vast area where the former building and the new expansion intersect. Among the special guests was a wonderful children's choir from Immaculate Heart of Mary School - which is also operated by the Sisters Servants.

Contact the Sisters' Lubov Foundation [HERE] for more information and to support Holy Family Home.

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