In the 1930s, a dozen or more Ukrainian girls traveled to Belgium in order to prepare for the foundation of the first Redemptorist convent in their home country of Ukraine. It was not until 80 years later that this dream was finally able to see its fulfillment. The outbreak of the Second World War and the subsequent Soviet tyranny made their return impossible, and believers faced decades of persecution by the communists. It was not until 2016 that three Redemptorist Sisters finally succeeded in establishing the first ever Redemptorist convent in Ukraine.
““It's such a beautiful witness, being a nun. Because you are so fully committed to God, you help make His presence felt by the community where you do your daily work. And thus you also bring God’s Blessing upon the place and people you are with." These are the words of Sister Anna Klipatska, Congregation of Little Sisters of Mary’s Immaculate Heart in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. Women religious play a major role in the work of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church in the country.