Seminarians studying at the Greek Catholic Theological Academy of Blessed Theodore Romzha in Uzhorod, western Ukraine, have been gathering and delivering humanitarian aid to those in need since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began on 24 February.
Uzhorod is located in the Transcarpathian region of Ukraine, about 3 miles from the Slovak border. As massive numbers of Ukrainians began to flee the war zones, the seminarians and seminary staff pitched tents close to the Slovak border, and began distributing food and basic supplies to those displaced by the war, women and children seeking to continue westward to neighboring countries. Other young people also have joined the effort and help with the sorting and distribution of needed supplies.
During the first two weeks of the war, Greek Catholic Father Ivan Kupar of the Ruthenian Eparchy of Mukachevo said the local church was using its own resources. Initially, the entire city of Uzhorod was overcome by the humanitarian crisis and the number of people seeking assistance. Since then, however, international support has poured in, including support from CNEWA, and Father Kupar said locals are “very grateful that our friends from abroad are helping us.”
“This is great support and a very big sign of solidarity and brotherly love,” he continued. “We thank you very much for joining our common cause to win and survive this war.”
CNEWA supports the seminary, which prepares men for the priesthood in the Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic Church, and has been supporting humanitarian aid for internally displaced persons in western Ukraine, as well as Ukrainian refugees in neighboring countries.
To support CNEWA’s efforts in this humanitarian crisis, go to: https://cnewa.org/campaigns/ukraine/