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Memorable Manitobans: Elizabeth Sophia Kassian (1895-1988)

Nun, teacher.

Born at Hawylowa Welkoho, Ukraine on 18 January 1895, at age four she came to Winnipeg with her parents, attending a teacher’s college in Calgary and teaching from 1918 to 1934 in Yorkton, Winnipeg, and Edmonton, as well as teaching catechism in the rural parishes on the prairies. From 1921 to 1926, she was elected councillor for the Canadian Sisters and in 1934, she was elected delegate to the General Chapter in Lviv. From 1934 to 1949, she served as first Provincial Superior of the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate for Christ the King Province in North America and, in 1935, helped to open a total of 26 missions in various American states. After 1949, she served as the superior for a mission in Fort William, Ontario and then taught day school for ten years in Winnipeg, Montreal, Mundare, and Windsor. In 1987, she celebrated her 75th Jubilee in the Community of Sisters Servants. She died at Winnipeg on 22 June 1988.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, Saturday, 25 June 1988, page 41.

This profile was prepared by Kris Keen.

Page revised: 21 October 2009

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