From the Field: A Week With CNEWA in Ukraine

Msgr. Peter I. Vaccari, CNEWA president, Adriana Bara, national director in Canada, and Anna Dombrovska, program officer, visited agency-sponsored programs in Lviv on a pastoral visit to Ukraine from 3-7 June. Upon arriving in Rzeszow, Poland, the team traveled to Lviv and made their way to Ukrainian Catholic University, where they were housed for the duration of their visit and sheltered during air raid alarms.

They met with Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, major archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church; Tetiana Stawnychy, the president of Caritas Ukraine; Basilian monks and Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate.

Walk through each day of the trip below and listen to select audio reports from Dr. Bara.

Sunday, 4 June

The first day of program visits began with a tour of Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU), followed by a visit to a UCU-run child care center for children who were orphaned or separated from their families by war and displaced children with special needs. Msgr. Vaccari concelebrated a Divine Liturgy for Pentecost at Lviv Theological Seminary of the Holy Spirit, celebrated by Bishop Volodymyr Hrutsa, C.Ss.R., auxiliary bishop of Lviv. The team also met with Ms. Stawnychy, the president of Caritas Ukraine, later that day.

Listen to the audio report:

Monday, 5 June

CNEWA supports programs of the Archeparchy of Lviv. CNEWA’s delegation to Ukraine visited the initiatives for refugees and palliative care projects at Sheptytsky Hospital, as well as a program for internally displaced persons at the Basilian Seminary and Monastery in Bryukhovychi, which hosts more than 100 displaced persons.

Listen to the audio report:

Tuesday, 6 June

Tuesday’s visits brought the team to a food box center in Novoyavorivsk, where they met with volunteers and observed the process of packaging boxes for distribution, and a center for displaced persons. Later, they visited with the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate and their House of Hope, which offers care to girls and young women in need.

Listen the the audio report:

Wednesday, 7 June

The team’s last day in Ukraine started with a visit to the Mother and Child Hospital in Lviv, currently under renovation. They later met with Archbishop Shevchuk.

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