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Msgr. Jim Lisante

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ACN Trip Ukraine April 2022
The sisters waving good beye to the visitors from ACN
At the new Benedictine monastery in Solonka near Lviv - the sisters waving good bye. The sister with the glasses is Sr. Klara Sviderska (the Abbess for the two monasteries in Ukraine (here close to  Lviv and the second one in Zhytomyr which is currently empty as they have fled to Lviv))

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Special aid for 144 nuns of the Archdiocese of Lviv during the war

Ukraine: ‘The Church has opened its doors to everyone’

“I remember a small child who did not have anything to eat for two days while they were on the road. Many of them have eyes that look as though they are made of glass, faces that have been turned into stone. They are having trouble understanding what is happening around them.”

The refugees found shelter and help in the new Benedictine convent monastery in Solonka near Lviv

Message of the sisters to ACN in April 2022:
„At the end of February 2022, our community of the Benedictine Sisters and the Chaplaincy of the Benedictine Brothers opened the doors of our convent and our cloister to receive people affected by the war. This was actually the time of the great movement when our compatriots began to leave the country in large numbers. In the first weeks of the war there was also a great movement in our monastery. Every day someone came and every day someone left or went abroad. These were women with children, families, and the men who helped their families go abroad and returned to defend the homeland. People from different cities of Ukraine: Kharkiv, Zaporizhia, Kyiv, Boryspil, Irpin, Zhytomyr, Chornobyl, Odessa, Horlivka, Slovyansk, Donetsk, Luhansk... To date, more than 500 people have passed through our monastery. There were 120 people for several nights. At the moment, the monastery has mostly those who do not intend to go abroad, and among them there are those who have nowhere to return. We now have 75 people, including the sisters of our Zhytomyr community. To help people more easily survive this difficult time, we involve them in chores and mutual service: cleaning the monastery, work in the kitchen and the refectory. One room has been reshaped as a playroom for children. We now have 20 children. We also invite our residents to pray together. Most refugees are non-believers, but sometimes they come to pray, too. For the first time in our new church, the wedding of a senior couple from Zhytomyr took place during the celebration of the Annunciation. A young couple from Kharkiv is preparing to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation, Marriage and Baptism of their child. Several people confessed for the first time. This is how our community of sisters and brothers read the signs of the times, and this is what our ministry looks like now. In addition, we continue the rhythm of our lives in common prayer in the Liturgy of the Hours. We have additional hours of adoration of the Holy Eucharist. May the Lord be glorified in all things!“

The contemplative Benedictine nuns fled from Zhytomyr out of fear to their newly built monastery in Solonka near Lviv. They look after many refugees there - War in Ukraine 2022
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Special aid for 144 nuns of the Archdiocese of Lviv during the war

Ukraine: breaking contemplative silence to host refugees

The nuns estimate that to date more than 500 people have passed through their monastery. “Currently the monastery mostly hosts those who do not plan to go abroad, and some of them don’t have a home to return to either. Now we have 75 people here.

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Aid to the Church in Need begins second phase of Ukraine aid

“The world has responded with generosity to the plight of the Ukrainian people. Many donations are reaching the bordering countries, but there is now a need for vehicles to transport the goods to those who need them in the country, often in locations that have been heavily damaged, or are still under threat.”

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Sisters of Saint Joseph in Ukraine: ‘Our convents have become refugee centers’

Whether big or small, each of the order’s houses or convents has been turned into a point of refuge for the neediest:

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Archbishop Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki with refugee women and children on the premises of the seminary in Bryukhovichi near Lviv, Archdiocese of Lviv.

Ukraine: seminarians and their bishop come to the aid of refugees

So far, thousands of people have found refuge and some respite there on their way to other countries in western Europe.

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Bishop of Odessa, Ukraine: ‘In this war both peoples are victims’

The war is “not a conflict between our two peoples.” People living in Russia have no access to complete information, “therefore, many of them support the Russian government.”

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