Nun Studies Social Work at UCU

Thursday, July 5, 2018

[Excerpts from an article in the June 2018 issue of “ONE” Magazine]

As if on cue, Sister Teofana Kaminska returns just in time for the afternoon liturgy.

On a typical day, the young woman awakens at 5:45 a.m. After the morning liturgy, breakfast and private prayer, she completes household duties and leaves to attend class.

Enrolled at the Ukrainian Catholic University, the country’s only Catholic institution of higher learning, Sister Teofana currently studies to be a social worker. The 28-year-old also holds a law degree from a university in Ivano-Frankivsk, located in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains.

Her varied skillset supports the principal charism of the order:

to help socially vulnerable children. Instruments of the Basilian Sisters’ work include a primary school and two day care centers. The sisters also assist physicians at hospitals.

Sister Teofana has been close to women religious all her life. From an early age, guided by the example of others, she felt called to a life of service as a sister.

“The choice was difficult,” she says, comparing it to a train juncture. “The monastery is my rail; that’s my path. I have the strength to carry my weight and do what God wants.”

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