Ivano-Frankivsk is the largest Byzantine community in Ukraine, and with 400 priests, averaging 35 years in age, it also has the country’s highest number of Greek-Catholic priests.
And interest in the priesthood has not waned. There are currently no fewer than 213 men training for the priesthood at the seminary in Ivano-Frankivsk. They come from five different dioceses in West Ukraine.
The seminary dates back to the 19th century, and under Soviet rule, when the Church was harshly persecuted, it was used as a training school for communist cadres. When the building was finally reclaimed by the Church in the early 1990s, its condition was appalling.
The seminary, though unrestored, opened again, and seminarians worked on cleanup and renovations with support from ACN. More recently, due to the growing number of students, ACN helped with repair and expansion work.
We also help to cover the costs of formation, as the cost of living in Ukraine is rising sharply. Essentials like food, gas, and water have become so expensive that the seminary cannot pay for them alone.
This year, we plan to contribute $112,400 to the seminary, which amounts to $535 per seminarian. This donation will allow the seminarians to complete their studies and proceed with their ordination.
Can you help us fulfill our promise to the young priests of Ukraine? We are sure they will remember you in their prayers.
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