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Dear Friend,

Lent is an ideal time for reflection and prayer as one prepares for the coming of Easter. As I reflect on the gift of Christ, I am reminded of the gifts from others whose sacrifice – in one way or another – helps show God’s people the compassion and joy that they deserve. This year, as the IHM Congregation celebrates its 175th anniversary of our founding, we are truly blessed by the love and the generosity of those who give of themselves to support our dear sisters and their important ministries.

I am writing to you today because our IHM sisters need your support, now more than ever, to continue reaching out and making a difference in the lives of those most in need. Your Easter gift of  $60, $50, $40, or even $30 will make this possible.

Your generosity will support the good works of sisters like Sister Janet Yurkanin, IHM. Sister Janet’s dedication to serving the people of God is exemplified every day as she meets the various needs of low-income families, seniors, and youth while also empowering them to attain self-sufficiency. Sister serves at one of the largest and longest operating nonprofit organizations in northeastern PA.

Sr Janet as a girl

Born and raised in Peckville, PA, the youngest of four children, Sister Janet earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry for Secondary Education from Marywood College (now Marywood University). Two years after graduating, she entered the Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Danville, PA. Sister’s first ministry was teaching science to junior high school students in Maryland. Five years later, Sister Janet transferred to the Sisters of IHM in Scranton and for the next 24 years, taught junior high and high school science classes throughout PA, NY, and NJ. During this time, she earned a Master of Science in Chemistry from Villanova University. 

Sr Janet with colleagues

“When I found myself looking for another ministry, God led me to the Diocese of Trenton, NJ, where for 15 years, I was director of the Office of Migration and Refugee Services,” recalls Sister Janet. “I also was director of Refugee Resettlement Services and resettled hundreds of refugees. When the office closed, I did volunteer work at an IHM sponsored ministry for three years. I believe that God places me where God needs me and I am open.” 

Sister Janet’s enthusiasm for service and education is endless. Inspired to seek greater knowledge and understanding of the world, she returned to school in 2016 and earned a Masters in Social Work from The Catholic University of America (CUA) -- a decision for which she is grateful as she utilizes the skills that she learned at CUA every day, helping individuals at her current ministry.

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Sister Janet and the IHM sisters rely on your donations to advance our mission, spreading God’s love as we have over the last 175 years. Please send your gift today so that we can help others experience love and joy throughout the Easter season.


Sister Ann Monica Bubser, IHM

Director of Development 

P.S. Please send me your special prayer intentions and take comfort in knowing that you are remembered in the prayers of the IHM sisters. 

P.P.S.  We count on your financial support to help provide for the sisters, who are responding to the needs of others every day.