Help for the Formation of 49 Young Basilan Brothers in Ukraine
At present there are 49 young men still undergoing their formation. This is a blessing and a joy, but at the same time a huge challenge for the superiors of the order, who are faced with having to provide for their training and upkeep. Can you help today?
When Pope Saint John
Paul II travelled to Ukraine in the year 2001, he beatified 25 martyrs of the
Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church who had given their lives under communism for
their faith in Jesus Christ and their fidelity to the Church. Among the new blessed
were a number of members of the Greek Catholic Order of Saint Basil who had
died in the Soviet prisons and concentration camps, including one bishop of
In the homily he gave
at the time, Pope John Paul II remarked, “In a particular manner I would like
to hold up to you the resplendent witness of these heroic martyrs of the
Gospel. Remain faithful to Christ – just as they did – even unto death! If God
is now blessing your country with abundant vocations, if the seminaries are now
full – and this is a source of hope for your Church – then this is undoubtedly
a fruit of their sacrifice.”
The Basilan Order in
Ukraine has grown remarkably. At the time of the political upheavals in Eastern
Europe, all that was left of the order was a single monastery, situated in
Warsaw, Poland. During the Soviet era, when the Ukrainian Church could only
live its faith underground, so the Brothers of the order were sent secretly to
train for the priesthood in Poland. Today, in Ukraine itself, there are no
fewer than 29 houses and 340 religious.
The order continues to
be blessed with abundant vocations. At present there are 49 young men still
undergoing their formation. This is a blessing and a joy, but at the same time
a huge challenge for the superiors of the order, who are faced with having to
provide for the training and upkeep of these young men against a background of
soaring prices in Ukraine.
We have helped them
for many years and intend to do so again this year; this time we have promised
a contribution of $31,100.
Will you give to help
fund the formation of these 49 young Basilan Brothers in Ukraine?
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