A Car for the Pallottine Fathers in Ukraine
The Pallottine Fathers have been working in Ukraine since 1993. They run two parishes, in Bilohirja and in Yampol, around 14 miles away. The parish in Bilohirja has around 100 members, and Holy Mass is celebrated there every day. In Yampol, the Mass is celebrated on Sundays and Holy Days. The Fathers also minister to the local Catholic faithful, who, for one reason or another, are unable to attend, and Bilohirja has a children‘s home, which is run by nuns. And since the war began in February of this year, their work has multiplied. 500 refugees have been given shelter in the parish, and 17 currently remain.
Father Pawel Goraj, the parish priest, explains: “These are women and children who have fled the horrors of war in Ukraine. Ministering to these people demands a great deal of time and personal commitment, and we serve them in different ways, which also involve frequent car journeys.” In addition to this, Father Goraj has also been involved as a chaplain with the Christian ambulance service.
The parishes are in urgent need of a car, not only for their usual work, but also because Father Goraj now drives to war regions to help the needy in Ukraine. They did have one, but while Father Goraj was driving home from an expedition, it was struck by another driver and left a total write-off, so they must get a replacement to fulfill their duties. And given their heavy loads and poor road conditions, they require a robust and sturdy vehicle. We have offered to help with a contribution of $15,000.
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