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A House for Capuchin Fathers in Ukraine

Capuchin Fathers run thriving parishes throughout Ukraine. In addition to celebrating Mass, they also offer many other spiritual opportunities for believers and seekers alike. They are available to anyone who wishes to talk with someone about faith, their personal lives, their questions and concerns; and in this current time of war and crisis, the need for counseling has greatly grown. Although Lviv is scarcely touched by actual fighting, countless refugees have come here from other parts of the country, needing shelter as well as spiritual support and counsel.

In September 2021, at the invitation of Archbishop Mokrzycki, three more Capuchin Fathers came to Lviv. They are planning to offer catechetical sessions for adults, encounters with Third Order Franciscans, and prayer groups in the spirit of Saint Padre Pio. But their most important apostolate is the confessional. In the cathedral, there are opportunities for confession at all times of day, and the Capuchin Fathers are regularly available to offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

There used to be two Capuchin monasteries in Lviv, but these buildings were confiscated by the communists and are still being used for other purposes today. Their return seems almost impossible. 

The three Capuchin Fathers now live in a cramped, two-room apartment. They set up a tiny ‘chapel’ in a storeroom, and the kitchen doubles as the living room. The small quarters leave nowhere for them to gather with the faithful, meaning that prayer meetings, talks, and Eucharistic adoration mostly take place in private homes or apartments, or even in inns and public houses. In the summertime, the friars can often be found in the parks or on the streets, making music, talking to people about God and offering them comfort. 

The Fathers clearly need a suitable space for their pastoral activities, and so they have turned to ACN for help. A property that requires renovation is now for sale in the Male Golosko quarter of town, where former Capuchins are also buried. We are offering to help them with a contribution of $49,500, so that they can soon have a house that is better suited to their pastoral needs. 

Can you help these Capuchin Fathers buy a house so they can serve the people of Ukraine?

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