Letters from Br. Błażej: Night 430

April 30, 2023

War. Uman. An evacuation operation is underway. From under the rubble were extracted on Saturday morning, April 29, 23 bodies of the dead, including 4 children, wounded 18 people, 17 people were rescued. The rescue operation is ongoing.
It was reported today that the search operation has ended. 23 bodies have been found, including 6 children, 3 boys and 3 girls. One woman is believed to be missing.
God, grant us a just peace. Amen.

The Word… “‘Let the whole house of Israel know with unshakable certainty that this Jesus, whom you crucified, God has made both Lord and Messiah.’ When they heard this, they were seized to the depths of their hearts: What shall we do, brothers?, they asked Peter and the other apostles. ‘Repent,’ said Peter… to them.”
Repent to this God, who is to you the Good Shepherd.

Psalm 23:

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He lets me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside the waters where I can rest, He restores my life.
He leads me in the right paths for the sake of His name.
Though I walk through a dark valley, evil I shall not fear, for You are with me.
Your rod and Your staff give me encouragement.
You set the table for me
Against my adversaries;
You anoint my head with oil; my cup is overflowing.
Yes, goodness and grace will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for days to come.

Come, Holy Spirit !

We live in a war, we do not live by war.

Our wartime reality. (photo)

The volunteer, our angel, Mr. Marcin Izyk and his team happily returned to their homes after delivering aid. Deo gratias!!! (photo)
A van with the distinctive number “200” carries the bodies of our soldiers gave their lives for our freedom and yours. (photo)
Герої не вмирають!!!

A mural with the inscription was created on the wall:

More volunteers, good people, angels took advantage of the hospitality of Brother Joseph, our guardian.
A team of two brave people with a dog, which is also an important link in this team. A rescue dog, searching for people from under the rubble. (photo)
After resting within the monastery walls, they headed east.
God bless and hoping to see you…

News from the brothers:

Lviv (Br. Kazimierza Guzik):
Night Vigil in Lviv. (photo)


Letters from Br. Błażej: Night 429

April 29, 2023

In war, every night and day is tragic. The previous night was one of the more tragic nights of war. Uman, Mykolaiv, Dnipro, Ukrainka are places where once again innocent people were killed. Already 23 victims in Uman. May they rest in eternal peace. (photo)

The Word… Jesus, we have come to you afflicted with life, burdened by war. We ask you to give us the Spirit, to humble us so that we do not run away from the cross.
Give us a humble heart.
“Come to Me, all you who are afflicted and burdened, and I will comfort you. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am meek and humble of heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is sweet, and my burden is light.”

Come, Holy Spirit!
St. Catherine, pray for us, pray for Europe.

We live in a war, we do not live by war.

Kharkiv (Ms. Tania wrote):

This is Olga and her two-year-old daughter Veronika. They died in the Dnipro River. Their house was destroyed by a Russian attack on the night of April 28. Olga was only 31 years old, her Veronika was two years old. The woman’s parents are in the hospital with more than 40% burns. Dnipro Mayor Boris Filatov said the woman worked as a teacher. As a result of the Russian attack that night, another 20 people were killed in Humana. The number is growing rapidly. (photo)

Capuchin nuns. They are looking for new forms of clothing. (photo)

The formation convention has come to an end. Still a commemorative photo, a fraternal meeting hosted by Brother Custos, Sergei. (photo)
The 30th anniversary of the priesthood was celebrated by our brothers, Piotr Kurkiewicz, Maciej Styburski and Stanislaw Manski. During the Eucharist, we thanked God together for the gift of priesthood of our Brothers. (photo)
Deo gratias! God bless you…

News from the brothers:

Krasyliv (Br. Maciej Styburski):
The first mission of the new bus—a trip of sisters with young people to the vigil in Berdychiv. (photo)
The koinonia of the School of Mary began at the Krasyliv retreat house. “Several” people came despite the war. The atmosphere is full of hope… (photo)


Letters from Br. Błażej: Night 428

April 28, 2023

We live in peace. The war continues, in the East, in the trenches, in the heads, in the hearts, in the families who lost their loved ones…
God, give us a just peace.

This morning, all of Ukraine “red.” Alarms all over the country. In some cities rockets hit their targets, for example, in Uman. A rocket hit a residential house, a high-rise building. In Kyiv, anti-missile systems are working.
God, grant us a just peace.

The Word… “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me?” “Who are you, Lord?,” he said. And He: “I am Jesus, whom you persecute. Arise and go into the city, there they will tell you what you should do.” “… I have chosen this man as an instrument. He will carry My name to the Gentiles and to kings and to the children of Israel. And I will show him how much he will have to suffer for my name’s sake.”
Saul is me and you! For God there are no impossible situations, sin, war.

We live in a war, we do not live by war.

This is what the Russian world looks like, violence, destruction, scorched earth. (photo)

Sister and Brother. Margaret and Vladislav. (photo)

Jubilee. Formation meeting, continued. Oh how good and nice… (photo)
Br. Sergey Kippa. Homily.

News from the brothers:

Lviv (Br. Kazimierz Guzik):

Krasyliv/Slobidka (Br. Leonid Kushniruk):
Slobidka is getting rejuvenated. (photo)


Letters from Br. Błażej: Night 427

April 7, 2023

Morning, new day, old alarms in the eastern regions of Ukraine.
Starokostiantyniv greeted us yesterday with aircraft flights, but thank God, our Ukrainian planes doing practice flights.

Tonight S300 missiles hit Nikolayiv, private homes and one residential high-rise building. There are casualties, many injured.
God, grant us a just peace.

The Word… Maybe you read the Word, listen to the Word, but don’t understand, don’t hear. Today’s story from the Acts of the Apostles can give you light. “Do you understand what you are reading?,” he asked.  And the man answered, “‘How can I understand if no one explains to me?’ And he invited Philip to get on and rest by his side.” In order for the Word to bear fruit in you, you must have a community (the Church) that, like this Philip, will give you light, and you will understand the Word as a light on your life!
Come, Holy Spirit !!!

We live in a war, we do not live a war !

Volunteers (our angels):
Mr. Marcin Izyk with his team already in the East, Donetsk area in action. (photo)

Yesterday was the anniversary of the Chernobyl accident (April 26, 1986), explosion at the nuclear power plant. Let’s pray for the victims of the tragedy. (photo)

Annual Capuchin formation meeting of Brothers of the Custody of Ukraine. Led by Sister Nela Kucak, an experienced therapist and specialist in post-traumatic experiences. War, working with military personnel and their families. (photo)

Jubilee of 25 years of priesthood:
Our Jubilarian brothers Leonid Michalec, Yaroslav Fedirchuk, Adam Wrobel. Brother Custos, Sergey Kippa, extends greetings from Minister General, Br. Roberto. (photo)

News from the brothers:

Lviv (Br. Kazimierz Guzik):


Letters from Br. Błażej: Night 426

April 26, 2023

War on the frontline without change. More tension is emerging. There is increasing talk of a counterattack on the front, which may come from the Ukrainian side. We are waiting. We pray for peace, for a just peace.

We greet everyone from Starokostiantyniv, Khmelnytskyi region. The days of our Capuchin formation have begun. We live in war, but we do not live by war hence our convention and Capuchin formation.

The Word… Many events in the original, young church. “After the death of Stephen, a great persecution erupted in the Jerusalem Church.” “Saul was destroying the Church, entering homes, kidnapping men and women and throwing them into prison.” “Those who were scattered preached the word on the road.” “For it is My Father’s will that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him should have eternal life. And I will raise him up on the last day.”
There are no unbelievers in war. Hence we believe that those who die on the front lines will be resurrected, will receive eternal life by the power of Jesus’ resurrection.

Heroes do not die! Герої не вмирають!

We live in a war, we don’t live by war!

Children brought up in the spirit of love for God, homeland and traditions are the future of Ukraine’s true patriots. (photo)

Warsaw, Poland:
Mr. Mateusz Morawiecki, Prime Minister of the Polish government, met with the Korchinski family, who have 8 children. Mr. Volodya is the provincial of the Knights of St. John Paul 2 and a frequent visitor and angel (volunteers) helping Ukraine and our communities. (photo)

Children with teachers from nearby villages visit the sights of our city and, among others, our Capuchin monastery. (photo)
Good people, one of those good Poles who have been hosting a mother and children from Vinnytsia in their home since the beginning of the war until now. They came in their car, brought the said mother and children so that they could meet their husband and father, who is at the front. Thank God for such people. Let us pray for our Benefactors. (photo)

Krosno, Poland:
Brother Justyn Rusin, currently residing in this monastery. Let us pray for our Brothers…

Clara Studio. Thanks to volunteers, Easter gifts from Clara Studio went to our soldiers. (Photo)

Invitation to “Musical Meeting” concert under the title “Heaven on Earth.”
War? “Heaven on Earth.” Is it possible!?
We invite you. (photo)

On the way to Starokostiantyniv. Brother Maciej, parish priest and guardian, detached from mowing the grass. (photo)
Sr. Olga, a Capuchin sister, gets acquainted with the new organ. (photo)
Our Lady, patroness of the site and Mary’s School. (photo)

Almost together now. (photo)

War front:
In the east, unfortunately, no change. (photo)

News from the brothers:

Lviv (Br. Kazimierz Guzik):


Letters from Br. Błażej: Night 425

April 25, 2023

Name day. Today our Brothers in the Province of Krakow celebrate their name day. We especially keep in prayer Br. Mark Miszczynski, our provincial minister. May God bless you. We thank you for your ministry.

The “scorched earth” syndrome continues by Russian terrorists. It makes no difference, a simple house, a skyscraper, a school, an Orthodox church—everything is ruined, that’s because it is on Ukrainian soil.
God, give us a just peace!

The Word… Practical advice from the Letter of St. Peter, the Apostle. “Most beloved: All of you, towards one another, clothe yourselves with humility, for God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober! Be vigilant! Your adversary, the devil, is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Strong in faith, oppose him.”
“We preach Christ crucified, who is the power and wisdom of God.”
I invite us to proclaim Christ together, as our life and vocation allows… Come, Holy Spirit.
God is love!

We live in a war, we do not live by war!

On April 21-23, our parish held another class of the School of Christian Life and Evangelization. We would like to thank the “Lubov Chrystova” community for their organization, hospitality and open hearts. (photo)

Organ music concert! We would like to thank Mr. Stanislav Kalinin from Kharkiv for the wonderful organ concert we listened to last night in our Capuchin church.
Music not only heals, it brings joy and pleasure. Music helps bring our ZSU soldiers up to speed. (photo)

Crimea is Ukraine. “Yellow Ribbon” activists are leading the fight in Crimea by hanging signs, small ribbons, thus proving that Crimea belongs to Ukraine and will be Ukrainian sooner or later. (photo)

Roman Kapshur, a 19-year-old man from Vinnytsia, lost his leg at the front. He ran the 42 km London Marathon on a prosthesis. (photo)

Donetsk region:
More damage to homes and households. (photo)
God give us a just peace!

News from the brothers:

Krasyliv (Br. Maciej Styburski):
Yesterday, 04.23, we had the joy of celebrating the silver jubilee of Br. Leon Michalec. There were wishes, mother with her closest family, Holy Mass and of course a good atmosphere at a festive dinner. (photo)

Dnipro (Br. Yaroslav Fedirchuk):
They talk about us, or rather about Catholics in Dnipro.

Jesus has risen from the dead!

Letters from Br. Błażej: Night 424

April 24, 2023

The feast day of our brothers, George, Anton and Oleksandr is also our feast day. The brothers send their wishes. 100 years, Многая літа.
The birthday celebrants give their heartfelt thanks.

Last night was uneventful, especially in the eastern, southern and northern regions. Alarms, shelling… The war normal, unfortunately.
God, grant us peace!

The Word… We all want to be happy. The way to that happiness is one. Here it is: “Blessed are those who listen to the Lord.” That’s why Jesus gives us a warning: “Amen, amen, I say unto you, Ye seek Me, not because ye have seen signs, but because ye have eaten bread to the full. Contend not for that food which decays, but for that which endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you; for it is He whom God the Father has marked with His seal.”

We live in a war, we do not live by war.

Our monastery. We invite you to take a look.

A city shelled by terrorist Russian rockets. (photo)

Yesterday, within our monastery walls, another concert of organ music took place in the church. The organist from Kharkiv, Mr. Stanislav Kalinin, well known to our listeners, played.

Brother Wojciech Glowacki celebrates his name day. We remember Brother Wojtek and the retreats, the Word, the love of the Psalms. Brother Wojciech wrote a few words:

Thank you for the good word. For Ukraine and for you we pray every day.

News from the brorthers:

Dnipro/Novomoskovsk (Bro. Yaroslav Fedirchuk):
Today (yesterday) we celebrated the patron saint of our parish, St. Adalbert in Novomoskovsk. (photo)

Lviv (Br. Kazimierz Guzik):
How nice to see that the parish in Novomoskovsk is alive and flourishing. Thanks to the brothers from Dnipro. I send heartfelt birthday and name day wishes to Oleksandr, Anton and George. Persevere to the end in faith and vocation. I assure the brothers of prayers for your intentions.


Letters from Br. Błażej: Night 423

April 23, 2023

War norm. Alarms, rocket attacks, residential homes are destroyed, innocent people are killed, fierce fighting on the front. This is what the war in Ukraine looks like.
God, give us a just peace!

The Word… “Husbands of Judea and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, acknowledge and listen carefully to my words! Jesus the Nazarene, the Husband whose message God confirmed to you by the extraordinary deeds, miracles and signs which God performed through Him among you, as you yourselves know, this Husband, who by God’s will, decree and foreknowledge was delivered, you nailed by the hands of the wicked to the cross and killed. But God raised Him up, having broken the bonds of death, for it was impossible for it to reign over Him, …”
“This very Jesus was resurrected by God, and we are all witnesses to this.”
“Lord Jesus, give us to understand the Scriptures, let our hearts burn when you speak to us.”

Come, Holy Spirit…

We live in a war, we do not live by war.

Brother Jerzy Zielinski, brother of our Custody of Ukraine, celebrates his name day today. Jurek, may God bless and keep you. Best wishes. God loves you.
We remember in prayer brothers whose patron saints are Saints Adalbert and George.

Russian Terrorism. (photo)

News from the brothers:

Dnipro (Br. Yaroslav Fedirchuk):
Food aid for the war wounded from the Capuchin Brothers of Croatia. And oxygen concentrators from Andrzej Lysokoń from Poland for a hospital in Dnipro. (photo)

Kamianske (Br. Vladislav Gmyrko):
Yesterday, Leonid Mayevsky and I made another voyage to the deoccupied villages where people live despite the close front line and regular shelling. This time we were in Kolodyazi [about 4 miles from the front line—SJP Communications] and Ivanivka. We carried products and items needed to repair cars for the military too. (photo)

Lviv (Br. Zbigniew Sawchuk):
Christ the Lord is risen!
Yaroslav, a 21-year-old boy hit a tree while sledding in mid-February. The impact was so unfortunate that he fell into a coma. We visited him on March 8. His mother said that doctors don’t give him much chance for a normal life. One in a hundred—such a diagnosis. And Mom praying, said one in a hundred is not one in a thousand. A few days after the sacrament of the sick was administered, Yaroslav returned to consciousness. Praise the Lord. Doctors said that rehabilitation will be long and it is not known whether he will speak again or not. Mom prayed and recently when we visited him in the hospital he even remembered how many rabbits he has at home and misses them very much. Jesus is our resurrection and life!!! (photo)
“Jesus Christ our Hope.” Col 1:27

Lviv (Bro. Kazimierz Guzik):
Lviv was visited by Brother Marek Krol from Austria. He and his companions brought medicine for our defenders.Brothers from Kamianske will pass on. Deo gratias for the good heart and solidarity hand of our Capuchins from Austria. (photo)

Starokostiantyniv (Br. Sergey Gubitsky):
Installation of a power generator. (photo)
Let us pray for our Benefactors.

Lviv (Br. Kazimierz Guzik):
Night vigil in Lviv. (photo)


Letters from Br. Błażej: Night 422

April 22, 2023

Last night’s explosions were about 50 km from Vinnytsia. The drone, unfortunately, hit critical infrastructure. Thank God there were no civilian casualties.
God, grant for peace!

That’s where Russian terrorists hit last night.
God, grant us peace!

The Words… In the Holy Spirit, there is a time, place and necessary people for everything. “It is not right for us to neglect the word of God, and serve tables. Therefore, brothers, select seven men from among yourselves, of good reputation, full of the Spirit and wisdom. To them we will entrust this task. We, on the other hand, will devote ourselves exclusively to prayer and the ministry of the Word.”
Let us hold fast to this Word. Let us follow this Word. “For the word of the Lord is righteous, and every work of His is trustworthy. He loves law and justice; the earth is full of His grace.”
“It is I who am, do not be afraid.” One would like to say, “Jesus  it’s good that you’re here,” in the war during the war and…

Come, Holy Spirit!

We live in a war, we do not live by war!

Tarnow, Poland:

Peace and Good! I met a brother; his name is Justyn Rusin. I listened to his statements on onet and was delighted with my brother. A great Man, only such can become a saint.
He tells about his life about his youth, as it really was; bluntly.
Brother Justin loves people, truly, naturally, sincerely. He leads people to God through his Word naturally, patiently, and has fun doing it. I would like to shake His hand.
Only a person who loves people is open to another person is capable to love God.
Written by your, Blazej, friend, GZ. I wish you much health and peace in Ukraine. Thank you for your reports, I read and get evangelized by your word. Kisses.

Marianna Kippa, sister of our brother, Sergey Kippa, is our sister.

Doctoral dissertation of Br. Dr. Roman Pop appeared in print through the efforts of Clara Studio. (photo)
Those interested in reading it, please contact Brother Roman to Uzgorod.

Brother Sergey Gubitsky, the guardian, invites those who are interested to attend “The Way of Light.” (photo)

Zaporizhzhya and Zaporizhzhya region:
Ordinary residents, civilians suffer the most. (photo)

News from the brothers:

Uzhgorod (Br. Marek Lisowski):
We celebrate Passover with the youth. (photo)


Letters from Br. Błażej: Night 421

April 21, 2023

Yesterday was a day of gratitude for volunteers. These are our angels, good people, who in various ways helped and are helping, us residents of Ukraine to survive this time of war. For every angel volunteer we know and don’t know, we offer praise and thanksgiving to God. We ask for eternal peace, for those who gave their lives helping others.

Night very restless. Alarms. Russian terrorism revived. 8 out of 12 kamikaze drones were destroyed. In the Vinnytsia region, drones hit objects of sensitive infrastructure. They do not report on civilian casualties.
God, give us a just peace !

The Word… And so it has been over two thousand years. “So also now I say to you: leave these people and let them go! For if from men comes this thought or matter, it will crumble, and if it really comes from God, you cannot destroy them, and may it not turn out that you are fighting against God.” They obeyed him. And so it has been over two thousand years. “And they departed from before the Sanhedrin and rejoiced that they had become worthy to suffer for the Name of Jesus. And they did not cease every day to teach in the temple and after the houses and to preach the Good News of Jesus Christ.”
“Not by bread alone does man live, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
Come, Holy Spirit!

We live in a war, we do not live by war.

Credo. Clara Studio. Brother Konstantin Morozov and Mrs. Larysa Kravec present a new book about the Eucharist in the language of a child. (video in Ukrainian)

Capuchin. Hidden beauty. (video in Polish)

Krosno, Poland:
Celebration! An empty tomb! Brother Justyn in the lead role. (video in Polish)

Donetsk region under rocket fire… Over the course of the day, Russian terrorists shelled 10 localities where people lived. 26 civilian objects were destroyed or damaged, 15 residential houses, a hospital, a kindergarten, 8 cars. They do not write about human casualties. (photo)

Children after touring our Capuchin monastery and cellars. (photo)

News from the brothers:

Dnipro (Br. Yaroslav Fedirchuk):
This is Oleg, who returned from captivity a little earlier than Pavel (Volodymyr’s nephew). (photo)

Lviv (Br. Kazimierz Guzik):

Jesus is Risen!
Brother Kazimierz, I want to thank you for the novena to Seraphin Kaszuba! I prayed this novena with the intention of getting a job for my husband Dmytro. Then I gave it to him and he prayed the Novena for this intention. And God answered us—yesterday my Dima went to work for the first day. Praise be to God and to you for these prayers.”

Dео gratias. Today (yesterday) is the day of prayer for the beatification of Fr. Seraphin. (photo)


Letters from Br. Błażej: Night 420

April 20, 2023

More shelling of Ukraine’s border territories by the Russian occupier. Sumy region, Chernihiv region, Kharkiv region, Zaporizhzhya region, Kherson region…
God, grant us peace!!!

The Word… It’s also a war where you can give your life for the truth or be killed for the sake of the truth. “One must listen to God more than to men,” replied Peter, as well as the apostles. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you lost by hanging on a tree. God exalted Him to a place at His right hand as Ruler and Savior to ensure Israel’s repentance and forgiveness of sins. We bear witness to this very thing, and to the Holy Spirit, which God has given to those who obey Him.” When they heard this, they became enraged and wanted to kill them.” And again: “The poor man cried out and the Lord heard him.”
According to the Spirit of the Word, it is possible to live in war and not live by war, and even to rule over war and… be killed in war and live… “He who comes from on high rules over all things, and he who comes from on earth belongs to the earth and speaks in earthly terms.”

Come, Holy Spirit!!!

We live in a war, we do not live by war!

Sr. Faustina, a Verbist, was one of the first sisters to arrive in Ukraine in 1990. Now she is similarly beginning her new mission in Congo. Sister, may God bless and keep you.
Also, remember us and Ukraine, as you have done so far.

Kharkiv region:
Powerful destruction of residential homes. Russian terrorism is making its presence known to the civilian population. (photo)

On April 16, 2023, ZSU soldier Yuri Moroz was killed near Soledar. (photo)
I knew him personally. May he rest in eternal peace. Герої не вмирають!

News from the brothers:

Lviv (Br. Kazimierz Guzik):
Celebration of Zbyszek’s birthday. (photo)


Letters from Br. Błażej: Night 419

April 19, 2023

Yesterday the Russians shelled the area of the main market in Kherson. One civilian was killed. Many people were wounded. (photo)
Odessa region was attacked during the night. (photo)
God, give us peace!

The Word… Although we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus, we see our poverty, the poverty of modern man: “The poor man cried out and the Lord heard him.” It is only because Jesus is Risen that we are strong and rich with the hope brought by the Risen Jesus. “My soul boasts in the Lord, Let the lowly hear it, and let them rejoice.”
“God so loved the world, That He gave His only begotten Son; everyone who believes in Him has eternal life.”
Come, Holy Spirit!

We live in a war, we do not live by war.

Croatia (from Brother Jure Sarcevic):

Dear Blazej!
Thanks for the new war report. How much longer, God?
Brother Leonid, happy jubilee of 25 years of priesthood!
God bless and give peace to Ukraine!

Capuchin Sisters continue to help our defenders, the military. (photo)

Helping the soldiers—Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit. (photo)

The Capuchin parish invites to a charity Fair. Profits will be allocated to help ZSU. (photo)

News from the brothers:

Krasyliv/Slobidka-Krasylivs’ka (Br. Leonid Kushniruk):
Slobidka is holding a fair at the school today. They are collecting to help the military. (photo)


Letters from Br. Błażej: Night 418

April 18, 2023

In our region war quiet. In the border regions still alerts.  On the front fierce battles. Bakhmut is defending itself.

Today, April 18, 2023, Brother Leonid Michalec, a native of Starokostiantyniv, now in Krasyliv, is celebrating his 25th anniversary of his ordination to the presbyterate.
Brother Lonia, thank God for your life and religious and priestly vocation. Многая літа!

The Word… Here is one of the fruits of the encounter with the Risen Jesus. “One spirit and one heart animated all who believed. None called his own what he possessed, but they had everything in common. The apostles testified with great power to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace rested on all of them. None of them suffered privation, for the owners of the fields or houses sold them and brought the money obtained from the sale, and laid it at the apostles’ feet. To each was also distributed according to need. And Joseph, called by the apostles Barnabas, that is, the Son of Consolation, a Levite native of Cyprus, sold the land which he owned, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.”
“You must be born again,” he said.
“And as Moses exalted the serpent in the wilderness, so it is necessary that the Son of Man be exalted, so that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life.”
Come, Holy Spirit!

We live in a war, we do not live by war.

Chernihiv region:
People came to dedicate Easter baskets to their church, destroyed by the Russian occupiers. A touching picture. (photo)

Work on a collapsed residential building has been completed in Slovyansk. 15 people were killed, 24 injured by a rocket raid by Russian terrorists. (photo)

Artist, Uliana Krekhovets. (photo)

News from the brothers:

Krasyliv (Br. Leonid Kushniruk):
We managed to purchase firewood for our former cook. Many of us know her because she worked for a long time. She always prays for the brothers. Also we donated groceries. (photo)


Letters from Br. Błażej: Night 417

April 17, 2023

Easter. Passover. Terrorists fired Zaporizhzhia and Zaporizhzhia region with rockets. And the Orthodox church became a target… (photo)
On this Easter night as a result of rocket fire, 4 people were killed among civilians, including siblings of minors.
God, grant us a just peace!

Tomorrow, April 18, 2023, Brother Leonid Michalec of Krasyliv will celebrate his 25th anniversary of ordination to the presbyterate. We give thanks to God for our brother Lonya.

The Word… Here’s a perspective on the next 50 days. Jesus answered Nicodemus: “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be surprised that I said to you, You must be born again. The wind blows where it wills, and the noise of it you hear, but you do not know where it comes from and where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Come, Holy Spirit!

We live in war, we do not live by war.

Passover. One Eucharist in the upper church, another Eucharist in the lower church. ХРИСТОС ВОСКРЕС! (photo)

God’s mercy on the graves of our dear departed. The grave of one of the heroes who gave their lives for Ukraine and are still alive, hoping for eternal life. Герої не вмирають! (photo)
Divine Mercy Shrine. The Eucharist was presided over and the Word was delivered by Bishop Leon Dubrawski. (photo)
Our parish and monastery was represented by the pastor and guardian Br. Joseph Chromy. He served 3 hours in the confessional for mercy.

Kyiv (Pechersk Lavra):
The first Easter Liturgy in 300 years was celebrated in Ukrainian. (photo)

Paschal joke, not a joke? (photo)

News from the brothers:

Uzhgorod (Br. Roman Pop):
Paschal night in Uzhgorod… (photo)

Krasyliv (Br. Maciej Styburski):
We thank God for His Mercy and traditionally go to the cemeteries to announce Christ’s victory over death!
Christ is risen! Alleluia!
Greetings to all! (photo)

Kamianske (Br. Volodymyr Procko):
Pasha’s nephew after his return from captivity. He is immediately in the hospital in Dnipro.

Lviv (Br. Zbigniew Sawczuk):
Adoration of the risen and merciful Jesus in Lviv Cathedral. (photo)


Letters from Br. Błażej: Summary April 11-16

April 16, 2023

April 11, 2023

At the empty tomb, but for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament came two women. One of them younger standing on her knees cried very loudly. Coming out of prayer, the older woman approached me, asking me to pray for her seriously injured grandson. The crying woman turned out to be a mother whose son had been wounded at the front. Let us pray for the severely wounded and other wounded and killed soldiers and their families.

Roman Catholic parish of Christ the King. Holy Thursday—washing of feet. Touching. Let’s pray for our soldiers. (photo)

April 14, 2023

Friday in the octave of Easter. 414 war night.

Another so-called “Infernal Night.” Terrorists fired banned phosphorus rockets at Bachmut. (photo)

In the premises of our Capuchin monastery the 7th “Mountain of the Prophet” seminar has already taken place. About 50 brothers and sisters gathered for prayer in unity. We thank God for everything. God’s blessings to all.

We were visited by angels i.e. volunteers, who took advantage of the hospitality of Br. Joseph, stayed overnight and went to the East to help. May God protect and bless you.
Krasyliv. Another Rosary Uprising. People with the brothers pray in the streets of the city. (photo)

Easter joke. Beating each other with painted eggs. (photo)

April 15, 2023

Saturday in the octave of Easter. 415 war night.

New rocket attacks on Slavyansk. Another rocket hit a residential house. 5 people were killed, 15 injured. The search for other people is underway.

Our Byzantine Rite Capuchin friars in Uzhgorod are experiencing the Paschal Triduum. (photo)

Krakow, Poland: Provincial Chapter. Brother Custos, Sergey gives an account of the life of the custody and Ukraine. New Provincial Council of the province of Krakow. (photo)

Traditional Easter eggs in the city center. (photo)

Kyiv (Br. Adam Wróbel):
Yesterday evening we loaded the humanitarian aid bus with the Nazareth Sisters. The aid went to Kherson for parishioners. The pastor of the local parish came to pick up the humanitarian aid by bus and trailer. (photo)

April 16, 2023

Sunday. The second Sunday of Easter—Divine Mercy Sunday. 416 war night.

To the Capuchin Friars of Uzhgorod and the Eastern Rite Friars who are celebrating Easter today, we wish you peace and courage in exhibiting the faith that death has been defeated. Peace! ХРИСТОС ВОСКРЕС!

War Easter eggs. Unfortunately, still warlike. ХРИСТОС ВОСКРЕС! (photo)

War prank. Biological weapons. (photo)

News from the brothers:

Br. Volodymyr Procko:
Brothers good news: My nephew Pavel, who has been in Russian captivity since January, has been turned into Russian prisoners of war! Sister received the information from the SBU. Thank God and thank you all for your prayers.