Divine providence had directed us to the Ruthenian people and their diocese of Passaic NJ, which stemmed from the Uzhgorod-Mukachevo eparchy in Transcarpathia (now Ukraine). At the time of founding Holy Annunciation, communism was in full force and daily we prayed for "our suffering brethren" (behind the iron curtain). As communism weaken and then collapsed (1989-1990), we received requests, even applications from young women in Byzantine Slovakia and Carpathia who felt they had a Carmelite vocation. Several Byzantine rite girls came to us from Slovakia and Carpathia. We in turn, promised, when feasible, that a foundation would be made in their homeland. This has been our endeavor since 1995 and in 2002 when we sent Sisters there to begin the Monastery of St. Therese in Koritnyani, Transcarpathia.
In 1999 an unusual chain of events culminated in our accepting Sisters of the Syro-Malabar Rite from South India, now five in number and comprise one third of our community membership. As their presence has been a great enrichment, our gratitude is great. Bishop Dudick has encouraged our assisting a sister Catholic church of another Eastern Rite.