"All the time from the childhood my desire was - to become a nun”
Mariya Bashynska was born on August 28, 1917 in the village Hutysko, Zhovkva district, Lviv region in the Christian family. She graduated from the seven-year school in her native village. She belonged to a religious organization "Mariyska Druzhyna" at the monastery of the Basilian Order in Krekhiv. When she was 18, she entered the convent of the Congregation of the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate in Krystynopil (now Chervonograd). She took first vows on April 17, 1938. In the monastery she received her monastic name Markiya. From 1938 to 1976 she was in the monastery in Berezhany. Sister Markiya took perpetual vows on August 28, 1944. In the underground times of Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church she worked in a warehouse at the hospital and as a seamstress at sewing factory in Berezhany. In 1976 she moved to Ternopil. As the Greek Catholic nun she was persecuted by KGB. After Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church came out from underground in 1989, she was actively engaged in catechization of children in Ternopil and suburban villages.