Nights 480-486 – Br. Błażej letters

Stories of Resilience and Faith: Ukrainians Endure the War

Night 480

June 19, 2023 – Vinnitsa – In the midst of the ongoing war in Ukraine, life goes on for its citizens. Despite the rocket fire from the Black Sea in the eastern regions, Vinnitsa remains relatively calm. The people of Ukraine are yearning for a just peace and an end to the conflict.

Amidst the chaos, moments of inspiration and hope emerge. Recently, four soldiers from the national guard were honored with medals for their bravery.

Khmelnitsky – The “Train to Victory” arrived in Khmelnitsky, bringing displaced persons from the sunken areas of Kherson. The arrival of these individuals serves as a reminder of the impact the war has had on innocent lives, displacing families and communities.

Italy/Belarus – Br. Francesco, a Capuchin friar, was consecrated as a diocesan bishop in Italy. Witnessing this special moment was Br. Sergej, the custos from Belarus.

Rivne – The celebration of St. Anthony of Padua was marked by a special event in Rivne. A commemorative plaque was unveiled and dedicated to Fr. Seraphim Kashuba, who served as the pastor of the church dedicated to the Nativity of the Mother of God and St. Anthony of Padua from 1945 until its closure by communist authorities in 1958. The ceremony honored Fr. Seraphim’s unwavering commitment to his parishioners and the enduring faith of the community.

Father’s Day – Ukraine celebrated Father’s Day, a day dedicated to honoring fathers and father figures.

Krasilow – Another successful “School of Mary” session concluded in Krasilow. Participants expressed gratitude for the positive impact of the “School,” a testament to the power of faith and community in challenging times.

Night 481

June 20, 2023 – The night brought unrest and destruction as the war in Ukraine escalated. Cities across the country were targeted, leaving a trail of devastation. Infrastructure facilities in Lviv were hit by rockets, causing fires, but no human casualties were reported. The Sumy region suffered significant damage during this fateful night, adding to the toll of the ongoing conflict. The people of Ukraine yearn for a just peace amid the chaos and destruction.

Amidst the darkness, a Word of hope resonates. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ is emphasized, highlighting his selflessness and sacrifice to enrich humanity. The Sermon on the Mount is being read in churches, reminding the faithful to love their neighbors and even their enemies and to pray for those who persecute them. This message holds particular significance for the war-torn nation of Ukraine.

Lviv – Another successful Franciscan biblical retreat has concluded, with gratitude expressed for its impact. Participants were reminded of the importance of faith and were grateful for the opportunity to gather and learn together.

Starokonstantinov – Support and promotion of Radio Maryja were carried out in the local parish, highlighting the power of communication and community during troubled times.

Kyiv – The Christian Relief Service has prepared a group of 45 individuals dedicated to helping the victims of the war. Their compassionate efforts provide much-needed support to those affected by the conflict.

Ostropol – Youth from Starokonstantinov visited the Franciscan School of Evangelization in Ostropol. This exchange of experiences and knowledge among young people fosters unity and resilience in the face of adversity.

In their reports, the brothers share their experiences and activities:

Br. Sergey Voronyuk, Lviv – The fifth Franciscan Bible Retreat on faith took place in Lviv, bringing together 19 participants. This series of retreats, made possible by the generosity of benefactors from Austria, has been a transformative journey for the young attendees.

Br. Maciej Styburski, Krasilow – A trip to Kamieniec Podolski and Chocim was organized for the children of the First Communion, accompanied by Sr. Alexandra. The excursion included visits to museums, Mass in the cathedral, and a meeting with Bishop Leon.

The School of Mary in Krasilow concluded another session, welcoming numerous participants from grades 4 to 6. The School continues to nurture the faith and spirituality of young minds, leaving a positive impact on their lives.

Night 482

June 21, 2023 – The night brought unrest and fear as alarms, drones, and rockets disrupted the peace in Vinnitsa and Lviv. The people of Ukraine continue to pray for a just peace amidst the ongoing conflict that plagues their daily lives.

In times of turmoil, the Word offers solace and guidance. The message emphasizes the significance of generosity and joy in giving, encouraging individuals to follow their hearts without coercion or regret. Psalm 112 reinforces the blessings that come to those who serve the Lord and find joy in His commandments. The “Sermon on the Mount” teachings are seen as a path toward true Christianity that leads to peace and fulfillment.

Amidst the war, Ukraine faces challenges with its infrastructure. The poor state of power grids and excessive power consumption has led to planned power cuts in various cities, similar to those experienced during the winter months.

Khmelnitsky – Brother Leonid Kushniruk, the regional assistant of the Secular Franciscan Order, continues to teach online, emphasizing the importance of education and connection during these difficult times.

Donetsk Region – Four children were evacuated from areas heavily impacted by the war. The evacuation process was marked by careful preparation and ended with relief and gratitude.

Lviv – The feast of St. Brother Albert, the founder of the Albertine Sisters, was celebrated in unity with the Capuchins, Paulists, and Albertines. The chapel became a place of reverence and commemoration.

Br. Zbigniew Sawchuk, Lviv – An invitation is extended to a Marian night of vigil, a moment of prayer and reflection amidst the challenges of war.

Night 483

June 22, 2023 – The war night brought tragedy and loss as the conflict in Ukraine rages on. Surviving the night is a bitter reality for many, but not for all. The death toll continues to rise, claiming lives on the frontlines and in the safety of people’s apartments. In a devastating incident in Kyiv, a rocket struck a 16-story skyscraper near our brothers’ residence. Several floors were destroyed, leading to a rescue operation to search for survivors in the collapsed section of the building.

The Word offers solace and guidance during these tumultuous times. The prayer of Our Father is recited, emphasizing forgiveness and the importance of extending forgiveness to others. The faithful are reminded of the reciprocal nature of forgiveness, where they will receive forgiveness from their Heavenly Father if they forgive others. The plea for forgiveness echoes through the prayers of those affected by the war.

Croatia – Br. Jure Sarcevic expresses concern for the well-being of Br. Blazej and his brothers in Ukraine. Prayers for peace are offered daily, hoping for an end to the brutal aggression and the arrival of lasting peace.

Kyiv – Fr. Pio House engages in art therapy with children and parents, providing a creative outlet amidst the chaos of war.

Krakow – Seminarian brothers from Krakow, including Br. Mykola Shyra from the Custody of Ukraine, gather in solidarity, strengthening the bonds of brotherhood.

A war prank in the form of war makeup is shared, but the reality remains grim. As many as 11,000 women have been drafted for the war, highlighting the widespread impact and the need for prayers for peace.

Capuchins of Ukraine – A new website is launched, providing a platform for information and communication. Visitors are welcome to explore and engage with the site. https://kap.org.ua

Br. Zbigniew Sawczuk, Lviv/Stradcz – Stations of the Cross are conducted to end the war, a powerful expression of faith and hope amid adversity. Stradcz’s location holds historical significance as 24 Poles were executed during World War II.

In tragedy and loss, the belief that God is love continues to anchor the people of Ukraine. The resilience and strength displayed by the Ukrainian people and the support and prayers offered by individuals from around the world serve as a beacon of hope in the face of darkness.

Night 484

June 23, 2023 – The war night brought immense challenges as alarms sounded from the west, starting from Lviv and spanning through Starokonstantinov, Vinnitsa, Kyiv, all the way to the Dnieper and the east of Ukraine. The echoes of war reverberate throughout the nation, causing unrest and fear among its people. In the face of such adversity, the people of Ukraine pray earnestly for a just and lasting peace.

Jubilarian – Brother Kazimierz Guzik expresses gratitude to God for 32 years of priesthood, commemorating the anniversary of his ordination on June 22, 1991.

Volunteers – Joanna and Ariel, known as “angels,” visit again, bringing hope and support to those in need. Their kindness and dedication are celebrated as a reminder of the goodness found in people.

Zaporozhye – Concerns arise about the potential threat of terrorists targeting Zaporizhia’s dam and nuclear power plant on the Dnieper River. Bishop Jan Soblova of Zaporozhye calls for prayers and fasting in response to this alarming possibility.

Kyiv – Disturbing news arrives from Mrs. Luda, a Kyiv parishioner, who shares the heartbreaking disappearance of her husband, Sergei. The uncertainty surrounding his whereabouts weighs heavily on their family, and prayers are requested for their well-being and reunion. The intercession of St. Padre Pio is sought in these trying times.

Night 486

June 25, 2023 – The night brings a relatively peaceful respite, with attention turning towards Russia and the cities of Voronezh, Bielgorod, and Moscow. The people of Ukraine continue to pray fervently for peace to prevail in the midst of ongoing tensions.

The Word inspires a new song of praise, acknowledging the Lord’s deliverance of the poor from the hands of evildoers. Reflecting on the question of who the greatest enemy is, the answer lies in the teachings of Jesus, reminding us not to fear those who can harm the body but rather to fear God, who has control over the soul and body.

Amidst the war, life goes on, and glimpses of hope emerge:

Kiev – The Padre Pio House initiates the “Give Mothers Hope” project, offering support and encouragement to mothers in need. This endeavor aims to provide hope and a sense of community during challenging times.

Br. Sergey Gubitsky, Starokonstantinov – A retreat for children concludes, providing them with a meaningful and transformative experience.

Br. Leonid Kushniruk, Krasilow/Kremenchuk – The renovation project for the pigsty is underway, and the first set of ducklings has been acquired. The happiness derived from these simple steps toward progress is cherished.

Br. Leonid Kushniruk, Krasilow/Zakarpat – Houses in Seredniom are dedicated and opened to provide shelter for Volodya, Oksana, and their children who fled Pionersk due to the war. The event witnesses the presence of foreign organizations, including representatives from the Czech “Charity,” the Consul of the Slovak Republic, and the advisor to the Prime Minister of Slovakia, Mr. Eduard Burasz. The consecration is conducted by Bishop Mykola Luczok Mukacheva, with the unwavering support of Br. Leonid Kushniruk. Local authorities and the Chairman of the Transcarpathian region also participate in the ceremony, demonstrating solidarity and support.

As hope for peace persists, the people of Ukraine continue to navigate the challenges of war with resilience and unwavering faith. They strive for a brighter future through acts of kindness, community projects, and prayerful support.

From Br. Błażej letters nights 480-486
Edited by br. Igor De Bliquy
for the Capuchin Communication Office
Province of St. Joseph

Nights 472-479 – Br. Błażej letters

Stories of Resilience and Faith: Ukrainians Endure the War

A Chronicle of Daily Struggles and Unyielding Hope in Ukraine, June 11-18, 2023

Amid the ongoing war in Ukraine, the Ukrainian people exemplify remarkable resilience and unwavering faith. From the relentless nights of war to the unwavering dedication of the Capuchin brothers providing essential ministry and support, these stories shed light on the transformative power of faith and the indomitable spirit of the Ukrainian people. As we explore their journeys, we witness their determination to rise above adversity, their unwavering hope for a just peace, and the profound influence of their faith in guiding them through the darkest times.

Night 472: Corpus Christi.

Another night of war means another night of alarms, drone harassment and kamikazes. Ukraine’s anti-missile systems are working, though the tragedy facing people after the Novaya Kakhovka dam’s destruction continues. Russian terrorists in the occupied territories are not helping the affected people. The help of the civilized world instead is being delivered to the flooded areas. God, grant a just peace.

The Word that God gives us through Mother Church sounds different in war than in peacetime. You shall live forever, you shall not die … You shall live! “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. The bread that I will give is My Body, given for the life of the world. As the living Father sent Me, and I live through the Father, so he who eats Me shall live through Me. This is the bread that came down from heaven — it is not like the bread that your ancestors ate and died. Whoever eats this bread will live forever.” You will live … God is love!

Three people were killed and 26 were wounded after yesterday’s attack by Russian terrorists in Odessa and the Oblast.

Night 473: First communion and a vote on calendars … all amidst war.

We had a quieter night, though alarms continued in the east and in Dnipro.

The word that God gives us for the next day of war is poetry. “Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, the One who comforts us in our every trouble, that we ourselves may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble with that consolation which we experience from God. For as the afflictions of Christ abound in us, so we also experience great consolation through Christ. But when we endure afflictions, it is for your consolation and salvation; and when we are comforted, it is for your consolation, causing you to endure with endurance the same sufferings that we also experience. And our hope concerning you is strong, for we know that as you share the sufferings, so do we share the consolation.”

God is love!

Friars this week at the Fr. Pio’s house in Kiev led children in making pizza and in other therapeutic activities. In Kamienske, meanwhile, children had first communion and participated in a Corpus Christi procession.

And in Uzhgorod this week, a solemn communion was held as ballots were distributed asking for the transition to the Gregorian calendar. Voting will take place through the week.

Night 474: The counteroffensive takes off … and we celebrate a birthday.

There has been official word from President Zelenski that he has launched a counterattack to restore Ukraine’s pre-2014 borders. Let us pray that as few people and soldiers as possible are killed. The night, however, was very difficult and dangerous. Alarms sounded throughout Ukraine and rockets hit residential houses in the Dnipropetrovsk region, leaving people dead and wounded. Kiev was also attacked, in particular the city’s Left Bank, where the brothers live. God, give us a just peace !

The Word reminds us about living truly in love. “The point is that we should no longer be children who are tossed about by the waves and moved by every whiff of doctrine, as a result of deception on the part of men and cunningness in leading astray by falsehood. Instead, living truly in love, let us make all things grow toward Him who is the Head, toward Christ.”

Yesterday, 95 more of our military men returned from Russian captivity; since February 24, 2022, we’ve seen return 2,526 Ukrainian men and women.

In Vinnitsa, a mother came to our church with her daughter, Polina, to give thanks for six years of Polina’s life, who just yesterday had celebrated her birthday. Of course, the girl prayed spontaneously asking Jesus in the Greatest Sacrament to end the war. In the same city, meanwhile, Brother Igor, along with the Franciscan Youth, made a small patch of green amid the concrete — and so there is life.

Night 475: More difficulties rain on us at night.

It was a very difficult night. The number of deaths among civilians is increasing – including seven people, employees of state forests in Sum Oblast, along with people in Odesa. The people die from rocket attacks.

The Word reminds us, at all times and for everything, to bless God. “If, thanks to Christ, we put such confidence in God, it is not because we think that we are able to think something of ourselves, but we know that this ability of ours is of God. He also made it possible for us to become servants of the New Covenant, a covenant not of the letter, but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit brings life.”

“Teach me, O God, to walk in Your paths, Guide me in truth according to Your instructions.”

God is love!

The Capuchins this week in Kiev provided shelter for people passing through the country, who reported witnessing destroyed homes on their way through places like Borodianka and Bucha. We pray: May God heal every pain and grief, and may God’s love be poured into the hearts of the Ukrainian people so that they are able to forgive their oppressors.

Crooked Horn, in the Dnipropetrovsk region and the hometown of President Zielenski, was the site of the latest Russian missile attack. Eleven people were killed, among them died a young couple, David and Ksenia. Today is a day of mourning in the city.

In Vinnitsa, city authorities are continuing the construction for the monument to St. James.

And in Kiev, Brother Konstantin Morozov, our secretary of the Custody, recalled the historic event of June 13, 1995 — the announcement of the creation of the Custody of Ukraine under the name of St. Anthony. The act was performed by then-Minister General Brother John Corriveau. St. Anthony, pray for us.

Bad news has arrived in Kherson, however. The first cholera and other bacteria are appearing in the water, meaning epidemic may be close at hand.

Night 476: Finding freedom in Christ in the midst of chaos.

The Word today reminds us: “And the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” As often happens in Christianity, faith is understood as orders, prohibitions, laws; in a word, enslavement. But the Word of God says something completely different. Once again: “But the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” A Christian, a believer, lives in true freedom. God is love!

Today, however, is a day of mourning in Krzywy Rog. On June 13, as a result of Russian missile attacks, 12 people were killed — among them several minors. In Odessa, meanwhile, scenes of destruction follow a dangerous night. Kharkiv and the region around it also bear the consequences of Russian rocket fire.

Night 477:  Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Yesterday was full of alarms and anxiety. In Vinnitsa alone, there were three series of alarms. Russian terror has become active — a reaction to the counterattack by the Ukrainian army. The night, however, was quieter compared to previous nights. There were air strikes and rockets, but fewer of them. God, give us a just peace.

The Word of today is abundant for people who have a simple and open heart. In Jesus, in the Church, we are the new chosen people. The Word is to us and for us:

“You are a nation dedicated to the Lord your God. You have been chosen by the Lord your God to be, among all the nations that are on the face of the earth, a people who are His special possession. The Lord chose you and found pleasure in you, not because you outnumber all nations, for of all nations you are the smallest, but because the Lord loved you and wants to keep the oath given to your ancestors. He brought you out with a strong hand and delivered you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh, king of Egypt.

“Recognize, then, that the Lord your God is God, a faithful God, keeping covenant and love to a thousand generations toward those who love Him and uphold His laws, but who repays each of those who hate Him by destroying them. He does not leave the one who hates Him unpunished, repaying him alone. Guard, therefore, the commands, laws and precepts which I command you to obey today.

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God, and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this is manifested the love of God toward us, that He sent His only-begotten Son into the world, that we might have life through Him. In this love is manifested that we did not love God, but that He Himself loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

“Beloved, if God so loved us, then we should also love one another. No one has ever seen God. If we love one another, God abides in us and love toward Him is perfected in us. We recognize that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given to us from His Spirit. We have also seen and testify that the Father sent the Son as the Savior of the world. If someone confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, then God abides in him, and he in God. We have come to know and believe the love that God has for us. God is love: whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.”

“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 lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is sweet, and my burden is light.”

In the Spirit of this Word, the yoke of war and our daily crosses, our suffering, is to be lifted, to be borne, to becomes a glorious cross. God is love!

Night 479: More bombs, rockets and drones.

The day began with new alarms. Night was especially difficult around the Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhia regions, where alarms sounded incoming drone and rocket attacks.

The Word today brings us a request from God Himself: “Now, if you diligently listen to My voice and guard My covenant, you will be My special possession among all nations, for to Me belongs all the earth. But you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy people.” We, the Lord’s people and His sheep, are offered courage: “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe in the Gospel.” God is love!

In Vinnitsa, with God’s help and in accordance with the request of the parents, Yulia and Andriy, we accepted their fourth child into the Catholic Church. For this, we thank God.

From Br. Błażej letters nights 472-479
Edited by br. McLean Bennett
for the Capuchin Communication Office
Province of St. Joseph

Nights 467-473 – Br. Błażej letters

Stories of Resilience and Faith: Ukrainians Endure the War

June 4, 2023, Sunday. On the Solemnity of the Blessed Trinity, Ukraine endured its 465th night of war.

Around 2 a.m., alarm systems echoed across the country. The area near the Dnipro River was heavily targeted with rockets. Tragically, a two-story building collapsed, injuring 13 people, including three children.

In these challenging times, the words of Jesus offer comfort and hope:

“God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”

This message inspires Christian living, encouraging us to rejoice, strive for perfection, maintain humility, and foster unity and peace so that “the God of love and peace will be with us.”

Despite the war, life continues.

In Vinnytsia, the Clara Studio, alongside Caritas – Spes Vinnytsia, organized a Children’s Day under the spiritual guidance of the Capuchin Brothers. The day was attended by local children, displaced children, and special guests from Crooked Corner with Sr. Margaret S. Franciscan (FMM). A special guest was Msgr. Leon Dubrawski, who stayed at the Capuchin monastery.

In Lviv, people are invited to participate in night and day prayers of adoration.

Also in Vinnytsia, Brother Patrick, an experienced chaplain of nuns, together with the Capuchin Brothers and the Mother General, was visited by the servant nuns of Vinnytsia Chutors

Brother Janusz Mędygrał and Brother Henry visited a special school for handicapped children in Lubien Veliky in the Lviv region. During their trip, they also visited monasteries in Olesko and Kutkorz, praying for their brothers and for peace in Ukraine.

Brother Viktor Deszuk attended a youth meeting in Zhytomyr, which had about 205 participants from the diocese, including 12 people from their parish in Kyiv.

June 6, 2023 – Tuesday marks the 467th night of war in Ukraine.

The night was troubled with alerts from midnight to 4 a.m. as rockets spanned Ukraine. The morning report indicates that 36 rockets fired from Russian territory toward Ukraine and Kyiv were intercepted and neutralized by the Ukrainian anti-missile systems (PPO). Despite the bombardment, Ukraine stands firm. Russians blasted a dam on the Dnipro River in Kakhovka, Kherson region. The dam, part of a hydropower plant, has caused widespread flooding. Eight villages on the left bank of the Dnipro are now underwater. Evacuation of the civilian population is underway.

The city of Kharkiv, too, had a difficult night, with four powerful S-300 missiles causing significant damage.

Amidst all the disturbing news, the heartrending images of dying individuals, children, and ruined homes, Psalm 111 provides solace: “Blessed is the man who serves the Lord… He will not fear when he hears bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.”

Regardless of the war, life goes on in Ukraine.

Brother Igor Mularski announces that work has begun in front of the monastery and church in Vinnytsia. The city services are funding the project, which will ultimately see the erection of a monument to St. James, the Apostle, marking the beginning of the Vinnytsia-Kamianets-Podilskyi pilgrimage route.

June 7, 2023, Wednesday. Ukraine’s battle against Russian aggression continues into its 468th night.

More than 17,000 people have been displaced, triggering another wave of refugees. Authorities are taking emergency measures to evacuate people and animals. The flooding is sweeping away homes, some only visible by their rooftops.

In addition to this devastation, Russian shelling resulted in three civilian deaths and 21 injuries.

In times like these, we turn to the prayers of the faithful to seek solace and strength. The prayer of Tobias, found in the book of Tobit, resonates deeply with the current realities of war:

“Righteous are You, O Lord, and all Your works are righteous. All Your ways are mercy and truth; You judge the world…”

Nova Kakhovka’s city office is at the forefront of addressing the crisis, and evacuation efforts are ongoing. The city of Vinnytsia has agreed to provide shelter to 4,000 people displaced by the flooding.

June 8, 2023, Thursday. As Ukraine prepares for Corpus Christi Sunday, we live through the 469th night of war.

Yesterday, alerts sounded across the country around 11 o’clock, painting the country “red”. The night might have seemed calmer in comparison, but it’s only an illusion. The East continues to endure the harrowing realities of war while many grapple with massive floods – another grim dimension of the conflict.

A source of strength in these trying times, we find solace in the divine words: “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” The second one is: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Embodying these commandments brings us closer to the kingdom of God and happiness. For God is love.

Amid the struggle, we remember: we live in war; we do not live by war.

In Uzhhorod, Brother Marek Lisowski shares the first art therapy classes held in the still unfinished pastoral room. Conducted by a professionally trained psychotherapist, the classes included children from war-affected areas and Uzhhorod.

In Kamiańske, Brother Leonid Majewski displays a fire brigade helmet gifted to them by firefighters from Severodonetsk as a token of gratitude for their assistance.

June 10, 2023 – Saturday, 471st night of war.

Last night Odessa and the Odessa region suffered greatly, with casualties reported. As we observe the National Day of Prayer for Ukraine today, we ardently pray for peace.

In times of struggle, we turn to the Word of Life: “Glorify God and praise Him before all the living… Spread God’s words before all people… It is a beautiful thing to keep the king’s secret, but worthy of all praise to reveal the works of God…” The angel Raphael’s declaration is a beacon of hope: “I am Raphael, one of the seven angels who stand ready and enter before the majesty of the Lord.” God is love.

From Krosno/Krakow, we receive news of an ongoing workshop titled “Nowosielski’s Alphabet”, led by Brother Martin Świądr, OFMCap. In this community, we remember Brother Justyn, a pioneer of our new Capuchin presence in Ukraine, currently residing in the Capuchin “Community of Reconciliation” in Krosno.

Four days after Russian occupiers blew up the Novy Kachovka dam, the tragic repercussions continued. Thousands of buildings and villages are flooded, and countless lives are uprooted. In Nikolaev Region and Kherson Oblast, thousands have been evacuated and casualties are climbing.

In Gylajpole, Zaporizhzhya Oblast, a hospital has been shelled by the Russians, causing the death of two hospital employees and wounding two others.

Unidentified kamikaze drones have also struck Voronezh, a city close to our hearts where our brothers reside. We pray for an end to this war and the advent of just peace.

In Kyiv, Brother Sergey Kippa, our custos, once again appeared on the Catholic TV channel EWTN. He celebrated the Eucharist and preached a homily. Brother Sergey is scheduled to lead a retreat for priests of the Kiev-Zytomyr diocese from June 12-16. We ask for prayers for him and the participants of the retreat.

June 11, 2023 – Sunday. Today, we commemorate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ – Corpus Christi, marking the 472nd war night.

The plight of those affected by the blowing up of the Novaya Kakhovka dam by the Russians continues. In the occupied territories, these same terrorists withhold help, worsening the tragedy. International aid makes its way to the flooded areas as we pray for just peace.

The Word of God that the Mother Church imparts in war sounds different than in peacetime. We hold fast to the promise: “You shall live forever, you shall not die… You shall live! I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever.” The promise of eternal life resonates strongly amidst the turmoil: “Whoever eats this bread will live forever.” God is love!

Yesterday, Russians attacked Odessa and the Oblast, causing the death of three people and injuring 26 others).

In Kherson and Oblast, the water reveals grim evidence of the ongoing conflict, washing up the bodies of dead soldiers on the shores.

In a show of solidarity with Ukraine, Iga Swiatek, the champion of the Roland Garros tennis tournament in Paris, has been sporting a ribbon with the colors of the Ukrainian flag since the onset of the full-scale invasion by Russia. Her act of solidarity is a beacon of support in our struggle for freedom.

June 12, 2023. Monday. Bl. Anicet Kopliński and confreres, martyrs. 473rd night of war.

Yesterday, alerts sounded across Ukraine during the afternoon. The night was quieter, but alarms rang out in the East, including Dnipro.

The word God provides for the next day of war is “POETRY.” “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”

“For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. Our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.” God is love!


Br. Marek Lisowski Uzhhorod In Uzhhorod, the Solemn Communion was held yesterday, and ballots were handed out requesting the switch to the Gregorian calendar. Voting continues until next Sunday.

Brothers of the Custody of Ukraine Br. Blazej Suska Vinnytsia

From Br. Błażej letters nights 467-473
Edited by br. Igor De Bliquy
for the Capuchin Communication Office
Province of St. Joseph

Nights 458-464 – Br. Błażej letters

Stories of Resilience and Faith: Ukrainians Endure the War

A Chronicle of Daily Struggles and Unyielding Hope in Ukraine, May 28-June 3, 2023

Amid the ongoing war in Ukraine, the Ukrainian people exemplify remarkable resilience and unwavering faith. From the relentless nights of war to the unwavering dedication of the Capuchin brothers providing essential ministry and support, these stories shed light on the transformative power of faith and the indomitable spirit of the Ukrainian people. As we explore their journeys, we witness their determination to rise above adversity, their unwavering hope for a just peace, and the profound influence of their faith in guiding them through the darkest times.

Night 458: Pentecost.

We survived another night full of alarms and, above all, kamikaze drones that flew into Ukraine from various directions. There were airstrikes from 1 to 6 a.m., with alarms over almost all of Ukraine. Kiev was the most attacked. Of the 54 kamikaze drones launched by the Russian terrorists, 52 were shot down. Unfortunately, there were casualties.

In Vinnitsa, we were visited by more “angels” — volunteers from Poland who have gone to the east of Ukraine. The guests were received by our brothers Joseph and Paul.

In Lviv and Krasilow, the spring chapter of the Franciscan Youth has begun at the Padre Pio retreat house in Krasilow. About 55 people from Kyiv, Vinnitsa and other cities have gathered there. May the Holy Spirit lead us in His paths!

Night 459: Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church.

The night was similar to the previous: punctuated by alarms and kamikaze drones. Russia launched 40 drones — plus a few dozen more missiles — with trajectories toward Kiev. All of them were destroyed, and for that we thank God and our soldiers.

Mary, guard us, and protect Ukraine and the Church in Ukraine. Happy Virgin, who gave birth to the Lord, Blessed Mother of the Church, you guard in us the Spirit of your Son, Jesus Christ.

Brother Marcin Swiąder, a Capuchin from the community of Brother Justin Rusin, created another icon today, and in Kiev we held a night vigil and prayer service. In Uzhgorod, a long-awaited trip to the mountains took place in late May: Youth from our Uzhgorod parish took part, including three children from a foster family, as well as two boys currently with us. And in

Krasilow, meanwhile, we celebrated today a long-awaited and postponed first Holy Communion for our children.

For this week’s solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, we celebrated a parish indulgence in Kiev, with a Eucharist presided over by Bishop Oleksander Yazlovetsky.

Night 460: A return to not-so-ordinary time.

More drones, which come by day as well as by night. Most targeted is Kiev, the capital. Four people were injured after Russia launched 31 drones on Ukraine; all but two were destroyed before they struck their targets.

The Word today reminds us of a bit of evangelical “business” on St. Peter’s part. Peter said to Jesus: “Behold, we have forsaken all and followed you.” Jesus replied: “Verily I say unto you, no man forsaketh house, or brethren, or sisters, or mother, or father, or children, or fields, because of Me, and because of the Gospel, lest he receive a hundredfold now, at this time, houses, or brethren, or sisters, or mothers, or children, or fields, in the midst of persecution, and eternal life in the time to come. But many of the first will be the last, and the last the first.”

For the Capuchins in Kiev, the statement that “we live in war” is fulfilled. Drones come by night and by morning. Still, we do not live by war: On the patronal feast of the church, ours is a church full of people, a common agape, dancing, and joy.

Night 461: Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Tonight was quieter than previous ones — though there was an attack on a transport base in the Dnipropetrovsk region. God, give us a just peace!

Mary visits Elizabeth, and the women exchange the Word of God. And today, we, through Mother Church, are haunted by the Word:

“Sing out, Daughter of Zion! Lift up a joyful shout, Israel! Rejoice and rejoice with all your heart, Daughter of Jerusalem! The Lord has removed the judgments upon you, He has removed your enemy; The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst, you shall no longer fear evil.

On that day they will say to Jerusalem, ‘Fear not, Zion! Let not your hands grow weak!’ The Lord your God is in your midst, the Mighty One who saves, He will exult over you with joy, He will renew you with His love, He will raise a shout of joy.”

“Bless those who persecute you. Bless and do not malign. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Be unanimous among yourselves. Do not chase after greatness, but be attracted to what is humble.”

“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior … for great things has the Almighty done unto me, and His name is holy.”

With this Word, God haunts us today, so that even in the war and in this war in the head, we keep calm and maintain joy.

In Kiev, an apartment building was damaged and 30 people were evacuated. Four were injured and another was killed.

Night 462: On Children’s Day, tragedy upon tragedy.

Tonight was an especially difficult one in Kiev, where rockets and debris fell on a part of the city where the brothers live. All ten “Iskander” rockets launched toward the city were shot down, but three people — including one child, an 11-year-old girl — died, and 10 people (including a child) were injured. All this on what we recognize as Children’s Day. Let us pray that all children live in love and peace. God, give us peace.

Our president, Volodymyr Zelensky, has reported that Russia has killed at least 483 children. A thousand more children have been wounded by terrorist acts. God help our children.

The Word reminds us that “For us, Christ became obedient to the point of death, and that death of the cross. Therefore, God has exalted Him above all things and given Him a name above every name.”

Night 463: A reminder of the power of prayer.

Another night of war. Alarms. Explosions. Anti-missile systems are at work in Kiev, where people are staying overnight in a city metro station. At around 3 a.m., all of Ukraine was “red” as Russian terrorists launched 15 rockets and 18 kamikaze drones. There are damaged buildings, but for now no information about human casualties. Two people were wounded.

“Jesus answered them, ‘Have faith in God! Verily I say unto you, He that saith unto this mountain: “Lift thyself up, and cast thyself into the sea,” and shall not doubt in his soul, but shall believe that what he saith shall be fulfilled, it shall be done unto him. Therefore, I say unto you, all that ye ask in prayer shall be done unto you, only believe that ye shall receive. And when you stand up to pray, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven may also forgive you your transgressions.’”

While the mindless destruction in our country continues, we do not stop praying, because we know that prayer is the most powerful weapon. Two hands folded in prayer are stronger than two clenched fists.

Night 464: God remains our wealth in war.

Ukraine’s eastern provinces have no peace. Alarms sound day and night, and in some of the smaller towns and villages innocent people are killed every day. God, give us peace!

The Word is our wealth, wisdom, truth and source of peace — even in war. “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you in all its richness; give thanks to God the Father through Christ.”

Earlier this week, men’s communities of consecrated life in Poland prayed and fasted for peace in the world, especially in Ukraine. We are grateful for their prayers.

This week in Uzhgorod, meanwhile, we distributed to the needy — many of them resettled displaced persons — 50 kitchen sets including wet wipes, dishwashing sponges, garbage bags, parchment paper, food wrap and napkins.

From Br. Błażej letters nights 458-464
Edited by br. McLean Bennett
for the Capuchin Communication Office
Province of St. Joseph

Night 452-458 – Br. Błażej letters

Come Holy Spirit

May 22, 2023 – Monday. 452 war night.

War, alarms, explosions, fires, fear, and anguish consume us. Lives are lost, both soldiers and civilians. This is our reality, though not every region of Ukraine experiences it. Our country maintains relative peace compared to others. May God grant us peace!

The Word asks us a specific question: “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you came to faith?” They replied, “We haven’t even heard of the Holy Spirit. What kind of baptism did you receive then?” – they asked. In response to this Word, there is only one answer: COME, HOLY SPIRIT!

The fruits of this COMING are evident below. “I have told you these things so that you may have peace in Me. In the world, you will face tribulation, but take courage! I have conquered the world.” Peace eludes us; instead, we endure war. COME, HOLY SPIRIT!


Belarus. Minsk. The consecration of the Capuchin church. The miracle of divine love. DEO GRATIAS https://www.youtube.com/live/QgDlKJ80kB8?feature

Br. Maciej Styburski concludes another session of the “School of Mary” in Krasiliv. Br. Leonid Kushniruk celebrates the First Communion in Slobidka, an important event for the children. Br. Vladislav Gmyrko informs that Bishop Pavel Goncharuk administered Confirmation to 14 parishioners in Kamensky.


Last night, Dnipro faced the aftermath of an explosion. Let us pray for our enemies and occupiers.
Once again, rockets from our occupiers targeted Dnipro, as in previous nights. Vinnitsa, Khmelnytskyi, Zhytomyr, and Kyiv regions also experienced night alarms and explosions. Fortunately, all rockets were intercepted by defense systems. May God grant us peace!

Following the Holy Spirit also entails the ability to accept suffering, even when it goes against our nature. “Now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem. I don’t know what awaits me there, except that the Holy Spirit confirms to me in every city that imprisonment and trials await me. But I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” COME, HOLY SPIRIT!

To truly know God, the Father, and experience His love, we need the Holy Spirit’s presence. “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” COME, HOLY SPIRIT!

May 24, 2023, Wednesday. 454 war night.

Kherson region, suffered the most during another night of war. Two residents were killed, and three were wounded. Intense battles continue on various fronts.

Jesus prays for us.

“Sanctify them in the truth; Thy word is truth. As Thou hast sent Me into the world, so have I sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.” COME, HOLY SPIRIT! God is love!

Heroes of Ukraine. A young family embracing life. God has blessed them with eight children. One of the boys received his First Holy Communion this year.

Yesterday, a sniper’s bullet killed our former postulant, Anatoly Kowal near Avdiyivka. Eternal rest grant him, O Lord.

Vinnitsa. Nineteen individuals from our parish received the sacrament of Confirmation. Bishop Leon Dubravsky presided over the service.

Brother Alexander Mogilny guided the young people in preparation to receive the Holy Spirit. Thank God for everything and everyone.

Br. Jerzy Zielinski, Dnipro.

Today, at the invitation of the director of the Charitable Foundation “Free Belarus,” I participated in a memorial exhibition dedicated to the Belarusian heroes who sacrificed their lives in Ukraine for the European choice, European values, and democratic principles in the fight against the Russian Empire since the beginning of the Russian-Ukrainian war. The gathering took place at the Historical Museum in the city of Dnipro. Together with Fr. Marian, the Orthodox pastor from the Ukrainian Patriarchate in Krasnopilja near Dnipro, I offered prayers for the fallen soldiers and those continuing the struggle for the freedom of Ukraine and Belarus.

Br. Zbigniew Sawczuk, Lviv.

Boris Johnson nearly donated a MITSUBISHI SHOGUN SPORT car to the Armed Forces of Ukraine (ЗСУ). Everything is fine… Japanese precision and English friendship. But there is one “but” – the steering wheel is on the right instead of the left, and the turn signals operate from the right, while normally, they are on the left. You look in the mirror normally to the right, but here you need to look to the left.

May 25, 2023, Thursday. The 455th night of war.

Yesterday’s evening was more peaceful, but the daylight hours rang with the sounds of warnings and air raid sirens. The PPO – Missile defense systems, were hard at work. Overnight, missiles were launched across Ukraine, totaling 36 in number. Each one of them was successfully intercepted and destroyed. Explosions could even be heard as far off as Uzhhorod. We are grateful for our survival. Our thanks to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Paul receives guidance from the Holy Spirit and a directive: “Courage”. As recounted in the scriptures, “The Lord appeared to him the next night. ‘Courage!’ – He said – ‘As you bore witness for Me in Jerusalem, you must also do the same in Rome.’”

Kharkiv Oblast. Yesterday, a school and a cultural center were set ablaze due to rocket fire.

Vinnytsia. As reported by the Vinnytsia Telegram channel, “Nearly 40 Roman Catholic pilgrims from Vinnytsia have begun their journey on foot to Sharogrudok. Their prayers are for victory and peace in Ukraine.”

Kyiv. Under the motto “No War!”, the Capuchin friars are progressing with their project, developing a parking lot in front of the church and monastery. Let’s keep our Benefactors in our prayers.

Br. Kazimierz Guzik, Lviv – Zbyszek has delivered another vehicle for the military forces, generously donated by volunteers from Poland.

May 26, 2023 – Friday. Celebrating St. Philip Neri. The 456th night of war.

Another night echoed with warnings and drone activities. Around 3 a.m., all of Ukraine was on “red” alert. Kyiv and Dnipro came under attack. (Photo) Damage and fires broke out due to the debris from downed rockets and drones.

“The Holy Spirit will instruct you in everything; He will bring to your memory all that I have spoken to you.” WE CALL UPON THE HOLY SPIRIT!

We exist amidst war, but we are not defined by war.

Yesterday marked the birthday of St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, our patron saint in Ukraine, our guardian. Our operations in Vinnytsia, in Kyiv, and in Dnipro stand as simple and tangible miracles of God’s love, with the intercession of our holy brother, Fr. Pio. St. Fr. Pio, we pray for your blessings and for peace in our Ukraine.

Brother Joseph Chromy, our Superior, has planned and prepared a nature expedition for us, the Brothers. We extend our gratitude to God, our Brothers, and our Benefactors.

Karasiliw. Sister Margaret, a Capuchin, posts today on Facebook:

“456 glasses of water, another day of war marked with sorrow and grief. Amidst the turmoil, there is some good news as 23 drones that threatened Khmelnytskyi were shot down. Life in the town continues seemingly calm. The much-prayed-for rain brought some relief to the parched land. Yet, the grief was profound as another soldier returned home for the final farewell with his family. The anguish of parents losing a child is indescribable; a photograph speaks volumes more than words ever can. I know he is still with us, but there comes a moment in our lives when we begin to live differently. However, this is not the time for such reflections. What is needed now is time to mourn the precious life that has been lost.”

May 27, 2023 – Saturday. The 457th night of war illuminates the sky.

The night mirrored the previous one, teeming with drones, with Kyiv being the prime target. We endured the nighttime alarms. We give thanks for surviving another day.

Dnipro. Yesterday, this city where our brothers live, was targeted with as many as seven S- 300, S- 400, and Iskander missiles. Powerful, large-caliber rockets wreaked havoc, destroying residential buildings and a hospital. Thirty-two individuals were injured, including two young children, boys aged 3 and 6. Of these, 15 required hospitalization, and three people remain unaccounted for. Rescue operations have concluded. Two lives were lost due to the Russian terrorist rocket attacks.

“Russian terrorists have once again proven their war against all that is human and just. A rocket assault on a clinic in the city of Dnipro resulted in one casualty and 15 injured. Efforts to handle the aftermath of the shelling and rescue the victims are underway, with all necessary services engaged. We must decisively and swiftly overcome these inhuman forces. Time is of the essence for our people, and our people are the most precious asset of Ukraine.”

Br. Jerzy Zielinski, Dnipro:

“Images documenting the devastation from the explosions have begun to circulate online. These pictures represent just a fragment of the human lives and infrastructure lost overnight and on Mother’s Day, May 26, in Dnipro. The rocket’s whistling flight woke me up, and the powerful blasts at 3:30 a.m. exacerbated my stress and worry. During the alert, I spent an hour and a half sheltering in the basement. It was difficult to find sleep afterward. With the night cut short, I had to continue parish duties.

The Ukrainian SERVICE warns that this is only the beginning of Putin and his terrorists’ rampage. Such treacherous nocturnal attacks, catching people in their sleep, will likely increase. POOR PEOPLE, ENDURING SO MUCH PAIN!!!

I believe in Poland and other countries, you rarely see these horrific scenes on display. I am aware that Poles are weary, and many have grown numb to the reality of genocide and a systematic, cruel dismantling of the state at their eastern border. The plight of these people has sadly become normalized for many. To truly empathize with Ukrainians, one must imagine being in our shoes. THE WAR RAGES ON! WE ARE DESPAIRING!!!

I share this to awaken hearts and to ask for continued prayers and support for those in Ukraine.”

May 28, 2023 – Sunday. Solemnity of Pentecost. The 458th war-torn night.

The night was filled with alarms and kamikaze drones swarming into Ukraine from all sides. Airstrikes persisted from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. Almost all of Ukraine was on alert, with Kiev being the prime target. Fire control systems were operational. Of 54 kamikaze drones, termed Shahids, launched by Russian terrorists, 52 were shot down. Regrettably, there were casualties.



Br. Sergey Voronyuk, Lviv/Krasilow:

The Franciscan Youth’s spring chapter commenced at Padre Pio’s retreat house in Krasilow. Approximately 55 individuals from Kyiv, Vinnitsa, Starokonstantinov, and Krasilov convened here. May the Holy Spirit guide us on His paths!

From Br. Błażej letters nights 452-458
Edited by br. Igor De Bliquy
for the Capuchin Communication Office
Province of St. Joseph

Night 445-451 – Br. Błażej letters

Stories of Resilience and Faith: Ukrainians Endure the War

A Chronicle of Daily Struggles and Unyielding Hope in Ukraine, May 15-21, 2023

Amid the ongoing war in Ukraine, the Ukrainian people exemplify remarkable resilience and unwavering faith. From the relentless nights of war to the unwavering dedication of the Capuchin brothers providing essential ministry and support, these stories shed light on the transformative power of faith and the indomitable spirit of the Ukrainian people. As we explore their journeys, we witness their determination to rise above adversity, their unwavering hope for a just peace, and the profound influence of their faith in guiding them through the darkest times.

Night 445: A war-torn Mother’s Day and 30 first communions.
The Word confirms that faith is grace, and that faith is born of listening. “The Lord opened her heart, so that she listened attentively to Paul’s words.” The Lord opened her heart! Come, Holy Spirit!

Last night was warlike, but reasonably peaceful; God, give us a just peace! Yesterday was Mother’s Day in Ukraine. As we wished our mothers a happy Mother’s Day, we also prayed for those mothers who are fighting on the front lines for our freedom.

In Vinnitsa, more than 30 children had their first holy communion, and we thank God for the gift of life received. Meanwhile, recovery is continuing in Ternopil after a recent airstrike on a city in western Ukraine.

Night 446: Rockets, fire and pilgrimage.
There was a moment when all of Ukraine was “red” — that is, there were alarms all over the country. The night was full of alarms. The worst of the restlessness was in Kiev, where anti-rocket systems labored against rocket raids as shrapnel fell on parts of a city on fire. And in Avdiyivka, in the Donetsk region, rocket shelling killed four people. In the west, meanwhile, military men and the families of deceased soldiers — heroes and defenders of our freedom — made a pilgrimage to the Mother of God of Berdyczów.

“I admonish you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you live in harmony and that there be no schism among you; that you be of one spirit and one thought.” War speaks otherwise.

“For it has been reported to me about you, my brothers, through the people of Chloe, that there are disputes among you. I think of what each of you is saying: ‘I am from Paul, and I am from Apollos; I am from Kephas, and I am from Christ.’ Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Was it in Paul’s name that you were baptized? Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, and not in the wisdom of the word, lest the cross of Christ be nullified.” We pray for an end to the war — we pray for peace!

“For the doctrine of the cross is foolishness to those who go to perdition, but the power of God to us who access salvation.” Come Holy Spirit!

Night 447: Missile barrages.
Today there were fired at Kiev from Russian territory, in a very short period of time, as many as 18 missiles of various types. The Ukrainian anti-missile system — what we call the “PPO” — shot them all down. Still, falling debris left damage and sparked fires. Nighttime shelling, meanwhile, fell over the city of Nikolaev and the region around it and the city itself; one of the missile targets was a grocery store. No comments — just a prayer: God, give us a just peace!

The Word calls us to consider our ignorance of God and of his love — even in spite of our religiosity: “Paul spoke: ‘Men of Athens, I see that you are in every way very religious. For as I passed by and looked at your shrines one by one, I also found an altar with the inscription: “To the Unknown God.” I proclaim to you that which you worship without knowing. God, who created the world and everything in it …’” Ultimately, God is love — come, Holy Spirit!

On our way to Krasilov for Brother Maciej’s name day, we stopped by the old estate of the Sieniawski family with Brother Patryk. We visited the castle, the museum of the Famine of the Ukrainian people. The grave of the Baal Shem-Tov, one of the founders of Hasidism and its first disciples, is also in the village.

The friars in Krasilow/Slobidka, meanwhile, reported that a lineup of helpers and children from school made a stockpile of food slated to go toward the east. In Lviv, however, the friars are seeking help for Mr. Wadym, a 62-year-old from Bachmut who lost his house in bombings. He miraculously survived, but lost both of his legs. He is expected to leave the hospital in as little as two weeks.

Night 448: “Defenders of the sky” on the Ascension.
We fell asleep yesterday to the sound of alarms. We woke up thanking God we were still alive. Tonight has been similar: full of alarms, rockets and explosions. Our anti-rocket systems have been busy. There have been explosions in Kharkov, Khmelnitsky, Vinnitsa and Zhytomyr. in Odessa, one person died.

Brother Sergey Kippa in Kiev reports that “Tonight is the night of the vigil [before the Ascension] … but not in Berdychev. Too much sleep was not possible. Loud alarms and explosions, PPO work. Thank God for the defenders of the sky. If it were not for them, it would have been louder and much more terrible consequences.”

“Lord,” the Word seems to ask, “when will the war end?”

“It is not your business to know the time and the moment …”

“… But when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you will receive His power.”

Come, Holy Spirit!

In Vinnitsa, friars hosted the “angels” — the volunteers we know — and our benefactors, Marcin Izyk, Jack and Thomas. After an overnight stay and a meal, they continued on their way to Dnieper to the Capuchins and on their way to Eastern Ukraine. We thank God for them and pray for our benefactors.

Night 449: More missiles by night, dumplings and bread by day.
Another very difficult night, with many missile attacks on individual regions — really, all of Ukraine. Most of the missiles and drones were destroyed by anti-missile systems. God, give us peace!

The Word reminds us of its power: Just because God speaks, I am to stop being afraid. “Stop fearing, and speak, and do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will bargain with you to harm you, for the reason that I have many people in this city.” Follow the Word, not fear …

“All nations, clap your hands with a joyful voice shout to God, for the Lord Most High and terrible is the great King over all the earth,” (Psalm 47). The Lord is King over Ukraine …

“You will grieve,” we remind ourselves, “but your sorrow will be transformed into joy.” Come, Holy Spirit!

In Krasilow/Slobidka, senior students working with the friars in the kitchen helped to make dumplings, scions and various breads. Our young people understand the sensitivity and the urgency of the matter at hand.

Night 450: Our growing restlessness.
War nights have been very, very restless lately. These are the consequences of the missile attacks launched from the territory of the occupying country. In Kiev, shrapnel from falling rockets caused a fire on the roof of a skyscraper. Services are working, but night alarms are ongoing in various regions of central Ukraine. Ukraine’s reality, for now, are nights full of rocket attacks and children sleeping in bathtubs.

The Word reminds me that I can be learned and know the Scriptures very well, but know only the baptism of John — that is, of water — but not of the Holy Spirit! “A certain Jew, named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, a learned man and one who knew the Scriptures well, came to Ephesus. He already knew the way of the Lord, spoke with great zeal and taught exactly what pertained to Jesus, knowing only John’s baptism. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him with them and laid out for him exactly the way of God.”

God, grant us a just peace. Come, Holy Spirit!

Night 451: Ascensions and pilgrimages in days of war.
Wartime continues with difficult days and nights and air-raid sirens. We thank God and our anti-missile systems, which have been keeping most of the missiles from reaching their targets.

In Poland, this Sunday marked the Ascension. Here in Ukraine, our children who received their first Holy Communions a week ago have gone on a bus pilgrimage to Our Lady of Berdyczów, where they celebrated eucharist again at the shrine and got to visiting a monastery of the Discalced Carmelites. There was a group meal together, games and horse-drawn wagon rides. We thank God for our being together.

The Word says: “The Lord my light and my salvation; whom should I fear? The Lord my protector of my life; from whom should I feel trepidation?” And, again: “One thing only I ask of the Lord, and for this I strive, that I may always abide in His house after all the days of my life, that I may taste the sweetness of the Lord, constantly rejoicing in His temple.

Hear, Lord, when I cry aloud; have mercy on me and hear me. About You my heart says: “Seek His face!”

Come, Holy Spirit!

From Br. Błażej letters nights 445-451
Edited by br. McLean Bennett
for the Capuchin Communication Office
Province of St. Joseph

Night 438-444 – Br. Błażej letters

Stories of Resilience and Faith: Ukrainians Endure the War

A Chronicle of Daily Struggles and Unyielding Hope in Ukraine, May 8-14, 2023

Amid the ongoing war in Ukraine, the Ukrainian people exemplify remarkable resilience and unwavering faith. From the relentless nights of war to the unwavering dedication of the Capuchin brothers providing essential ministry and support, these stories shed light on the transformative power of faith and the indomitable spirit of the Ukrainian people. As we explore their journeys, we witness their determination to rise above adversity, their unwavering hope for a just peace, and the profound influence of their faith in guiding them through the darkest times.

Night 438: Restless Days and Nights in the Shadow of Conflict

As the war in Ukraine reaches its 438th night, communities continue to endure restless days and nights. Despite the potential danger, Ukraine’s advanced anti-missile systems provide a measure of safety. The previous night we witnessed the successful interception of 35 kamikazes (Shahid) drones launched by Russian forces. However, debris from these destroyed drones caused damage in cities like Kyiv’s Sviatoshyn area and Vinnytsia, where alarms awakened residents. In Odesa, an air raid resulted in the tragic burning down of a recreation center. These incidents highlight the constant threat that Ukrainians face and the conflict’s disruptive nature.

Amidst the affliction and uncertainty, the people of Ukraine find solace in their unwavering faith and the power of the Word. They believe, “If God is with us, who can be against us?” This steadfast faith empowers them to persevere through the war’s hardships, oppression, and persecution. They unite in prayer, seeking a just peace and trusting that nothing can separate them from the love of Christ.

Night 439: Alarms, Destruction, and the Unyielding Spirit of Ukraine

On the 439th night of the war, the Ukrainian people experienced widespread unrest. Red alarms sounded throughout the country, indicating imminent danger. Ukrainian anti-missile systems successfully intercepted 23 of the 25 drones launched at night. However, the debris from these destroyed rockets caused further damage and fires, prompting Kyiv residents to seek shelter in metro stations. This relentless barrage of attacks highlights the ongoing challenges Ukrainians face as they strive for peace in their homeland.

Drawing inspiration from the biblical story of the Apostle Paul’s resilience amidst persecution, Ukrainians understand that God’s love allows suffering to strengthen their spirits. Therefore, they firmly believe that as long as they listen to God’s guidance and hold onto the message of peace imparted by Christ, they can endure the trials of war. As a result, the Ukrainian people refuse to be defined by the conflict; instead, they rise above it, embodying the spirit of their resilient nation.

Night 440: Hope Amidst Remembrance and Reconciliation

May 9th, a day of remembrance and reconciliation, holds a special significance for Ukrainians. However, it is not widely celebrated as a holiday in the country. Instead, the Ukrainian people use this occasion to reflect on the past and look toward a future free from the ravages of war.

In Clara Studio, Vinnytsia, people gathered to commemorate the day, paying homage to the sacrifices made to pursue freedom and peace. Despite their hardships, the Ukrainian people find strength in unity and strive to support one another. In Kyiv, the Fr. Pio House offers art therapy programs to help children, mothers, and women cope with the emotional toll of the conflict. Another day of evangelization in front of the Capuchin church in Vinnytsia, where the community came together to share their faith and spread hope.

The Capuchin brothers, continue to provide invaluable support throughout Ukraine. Brother Yaroslav Fedirchuk, Dnipro’s superior and parish priest, celebrated his name day, an occasion marked with joy and gratitude. Brother Kazimierz Guzik from Lviv shared a heartfelt video message, uplifting and inspiring the Ukrainian people in their struggle. Their tireless efforts and unwavering faith serve as a beacon of hope and resilience in adversity.

Night 441: Calm in Some Regions, Turmoil in Others

As the war enters its 441st night, the situation in Ukraine remains precarious. While some regions experience a relatively calmer night, others are plagued by continuous alarms and devastating attacks. In the Dnipropetrovsk Region, last night was relatively calm, providing a brief respite for its residents. However, the threat of shelling and missile raids loomed in Kyiv and the surrounding areas.

Despite the challenges, the Ukrainian people maintain their unwavering faith in the power of love and the importance of spiritual nourishment. They draw strength from the teachings of Jesus, who reminded his disciples to abide in his love and keep his commandments. This profound message resonates deeply with all people, guiding their actions and inspiring them to persevere through the darkest times.

Night 442: Celebrating Life and Seeking Inspiration

Amid the ongoing conflict, Ukrainians find solace in moments of celebration and inspiration. On this particular day, Br. Sergiy Vorniuk in Lviv celebrated his birthday, surrounded by well-wishes and heartfelt messages. The joyous occasion serves as a reminder of the importance of cherishing life’s blessings and finding moments of happiness amidst the turmoil.

The day also commemorates the life of St. Leopold Mandic, a Croatian Capuchin saint whose legacy resonates deeply with the Ukrainian people. The Ukrainians express their gratitude for the support and solidarity of the Capuchin brothers from Croatia, who themselves have experienced the ravages of war. Their enduring presence and shared experiences provide a source of inspiration and hope for the Ukrainian people.

Night 443: Nightmarish Reality of War and the Quest for Peace

Intense battles and destruction in Ukraine marked the previous night. Four Shahid drones were shot down in the Khmelnytskyi region, but unfortunately, four others hit strategic infrastructure, causing significant damage. This constant threat to critical resources highlights the ongoing challenges Ukrainians face as they strive for safety and stability.

These devastating incidents do not deter the Ukrainian people. They pray for a peaceful resolution to the conflict, yearning for a future where their land is liberated from Russian occupation. In the face of such adversity, they cling to their deep-rooted belief that justice and peace will prevail.

Night 444: Relentless Attacks and the Spirit of Ukraine

Yet another night of relentless attacks, with missiles raining down on multiple regions. The city of Ternopil and Nikolaev bear the brunt of the destruction as residential houses, schools, hospitals, and strategic facilities become targets. The scale of devastation is a painful reminder of the harsh realities of war that Ukrainians confront daily.

In the face of such adversity, the spirit of Ukraine remains unbroken. The Ukrainian people draw strength from their unwavering faith and resilience, refusing to be defined by the conflict that engulfs their land. Their enduring hope for a just peace drives them to endure and persevere despite their ongoing challenges.


Throughout these last seven nights, it is evident that the Ukrainian people live in war, but they refuse to live by war. Instead, they embrace faith, hope, and love as guiding principles in their lives. Their unwavering spirit, rooted in their deep connection to their faith and community, illuminates the path toward a better future for Ukraine.

As Ukraine continues its journey towards a just and lasting peace, the Ukrainian people draw strength from their faith, unity, and the unwavering support of their communities. Their stories testify to the human spirit’s ability to endure and find hope even in the most challenging circumstances. May their unwavering faith and resilience inspire the world and remind them that, even amidst conflict, love and hope can prevail.

Amidst the chaos, the Capuchin brothers serve as beacons of light and support, offering vital ministry and inspiring the Ukrainian people to persevere. Their unwavering dedication reflects the essence of their calling and strengthens the faith and resolve of those they serve.

From Br. Błażej letters nights 438-444
Edited by br. Igor De Bliquy
for the Capuchin Communication Office
Province of St. Joseph

Br. Błażej letters – Night 440

Reflections on War, Faith, and the European Union

May 10, 2023 Wednesday. 5th week of Easter.

The night in our region calmer. Worse in Dnipropetrovsk Region and the city itself. Anti-missile systems shot down Shahida drones. God give us peace, a just peace!

A short but specific word: “If you abide in Me, and My words in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be fulfilled for you.” Holy Spirit come!

Germany. Munich.
The prospect of Ukraine joining the European Union, but, as John Paul II said when Poland was about to join the Union, “yes” to the Union, but based on Christian values. God grant that Ukraine will be in the European Union on Christian values.

The war through the eyes of eight-year-old Mark.
To paraphrase the child’s words: I’m not afraid to die, because I listen to my mother. I’m going to heaven… And what is heaven…? I think heaven is like Ukraine, where there is no war. Where there is no Russia….

Increasingly, the question is, what can we learn from Croatia, which has also experienced war? An open question…..


Br. Błażej letters – Night 439

As War Rages On, Ukrainians Find Strength in Faith and Solidarity

Date: May 10, 2023

On the 439th night of war, Tuesday, May 9th, the people of Ukraine experienced widespread unrest. Red alarms sounded throughout the country, and 23 of 25 drones were destroyed by Ukrainian anti-missile systems during the night of May 8-9. The debris from these destroyed rockets caused further damage and fires, prompting Kyiv residents to seek shelter in metro stations. Despite these challenging circumstances, all Capuchin brothers remain safe, praying for a just peace to be granted.

As the Apostle Paul was stoned yet survived, Ukrainians understand that God’s love allows for suffering to strengthen their spirit. They hold onto the message of peace given by Christ, acknowledging that they live in war but do not live by war.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko visited a site damaged by a Shahid drone, reporting that the previous night, Russians had launched over 60 drones at Ukraine, with 35 targeting Kyiv. Thanks to anti-rocket systems, all rockets were downed, though damage from shrapnel remains an issue.

Volunteers and angels like Marcin Izyk and his team prepare for their next visit to Ukraine, seeking both prayers and financial support. The conflict has not only affected Ukraine but also spilled over into neighboring areas, with Russian forces using banned phosphorus bombs on Bakhmut, leaving scorched Ukrainian soil in their wake. The region between Ukraine and Moldova, Transnistria, suffers as well.

On May 9, a day of remembrance and reconciliation, Ukrainians like those at Clara Studio in Vinnytsia commemorated the occasion. However, this date is not considered a holiday in Ukraine, as many hope for a future free from such conflicts.

In Medjugorje, Brother Zbyszek Sawczuk embarked on a pilgrimage, praying to the Mother of God and Mother of Peace for her intercession. The Capuchin brothers continue to provide support and information throughout Ukraine. Brother Leonid Kushniruk in Krasyliv and Slobidka reported that parishioners, despite working in the fields, continue to support their defenders by providing food.

Brother Kazimierz Guzik in Lviv shared a video. https://youtu.be/21H23eJIYe4

As the war continues, the people of Ukraine find solace and strength in their faith, united in their hope for peace and reconciliation.

Christ is risen! Христос Воскрес!

Br. Błażej letters – Night 438

Amidst Conflict, Faith and Resilience Shine Through in Ukraine

Date: May 9, 2023

As the war in Ukraine reaches its 438th night, communities across the country continue to experience restless days and nights. Despite the potential danger, Ukraine’s sophisticated anti-missile systems have provided a measure of safety. Last night, 35 kamikaze (Shahid) drones launched by Russian forces were shot down, though debris from the drones caused damage in cities like Kyiv’s Sviatoshyn area and Vinnytsia, where residents were awakened by night alarms. In Odesa, a recreation center burned down following an air raid.

In these challenging times, the people of Ukraine are reminded of the importance of spiritual guidance and the power of the Word. They hold onto the belief that “If God is with us, who can be against us?” and trust that nothing can separate them from the love of Christ. Amidst the affliction, oppression, and persecution brought on by war, the people of Ukraine strive to unite and listen to God’s voice, praying for a just peace.

The people of Ukraine live in war, but they do not live by war. Instead, they choose to focus on faith, love, and the power of the Word to guide them through these dark times.

Communities across the country are finding ways to heal and support one another. In Kyiv, the Fr. Pio House offers art therapy for children, mothers, and women. In Vinnytsia, another day of evangelization took place in front of the Capuchin church. Men in Kyiv, known as the Knights of John Paul II, gathered for a rosary prayer.

The Capuchin brothers continue to support and spread hope throughout Ukraine. Brother Yaroslav Fedirchuk, superior and parish priest in Dnipro, celebrated his name day, while Brother Kazimierz Guzik from Lviv shared a video message: https://youtu.be/2_AWf3aWnQQ

Brother Anton Pogornyj from Starokonstantiniv contributed to Vatican Radio’s Ukrainian language section, https://www.vaticannews.va/uk/church/news/2023-05/italijskyj-misioner-vidpoviddyu-na-tragediyu-vijni-ye-lyudyanist.html

Lastly, in Uzhhorod, Brother Marek Lisowski and his team distributed 63 sets of bedding to expatriates living in dormitories, thanks to the generous contributions of benefactors.

Through these stories, it is evident that the light of faith, hope, and love endures in the hearts of the Ukrainian people.

Christ is risen! Христос Воскрес!

Br. Błażej letters – Night 437

Amidst Conflict, Hope and Faith Persist in Ukraine

Date: May 8, 2023

As the conflict in Ukraine enters its 437th night, communities across the country continue to endure restless days and nights. Cities such as Vinnytsia, Kyiv, and Dnipro have experienced alarms and disturbances, with citizens praying for peace.


In these trying times, it is essential to emphasize the importance of spiritual guidance and the power of the Word. Focusing solely on material matters, such as “table service,” is insufficient. The twelve disciples recognized this, stating, “It is not right that we should neglect the Word of God, and serve tables.” This devotion to the Word led to its proliferation, as the number of disciples in Jerusalem grew significantly, and even a great number of the priests came to faith.

Recently, a particular passage has returned to the forefront of our minds, highlighting the importance of understanding the Word: “Philip said to Him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and this is enough for us.’ Jesus answered him, ‘Philip, I have been with you so long, and you have not yet come to know Me? He who sees Me also sees the Father.’” This passage serves as a powerful reminder that God the Father is love, and it is through love that we can find solace and hope. By seeking love and embodying it in our lives, we find that it is enough to sustain us.

In the midst of this ongoing conflict, the people of Ukraine refuse to let the war define them. They live in war, but they do not live by war. Instead, they choose to focus on their faith, love, and the power of the Word to guide them through these dark times.

Despite the ongoing war, the people of Ukraine refuse to let it define their lives. In Vinnytsia, children recently underwent a serious examination as they prepared for their first confession and Holy Communion. In Horodok Podilskyi, the chaplaincy school attended by Capuchin brothers held its fourth meeting. Zhytomyr witnessed its first Diocesan Children’s Day, with joyful laughter from children filling the air.

A year ago, tragedy struck a newlywed couple in Mariupol. Andriy, a soldier of the ZSU border service, was killed by Russian forces only three days after his wedding, and his wife Valeria was taken captive for over ten months. The story of their love will be passed down through generations.

Ukrainian soldiers pray not for the power to kill, but for the strength to defend their freedom and homeland. Young men like Vinnytsia resident and judo world cup champion Marat Kryzanskiy, 22, courageously serve in the national guard.

In Kherson, six firefighters lost their lives while carrying out relief work under Russian rocket fire. Their sacrifice, along with countless others, will not be forgotten.

The people of Ukraine remain steadfast in their faith and community. In Krasyliv, Brother Maciej Styburski leads a rosary prayer, bringing together people from around the world through the power of the internet. A week ago, Krasyliv’s School of Mary conducted “Oazis” in Wiener Neustadt, and just yesterday, the “Little Oasis” began at the Fr. Pio Retreat House, welcoming 95 children from across Ukraine.

In Lviv, the Capuchin brothers celebrated their first sacrament of marriage in their chapel, joining together two of their earliest benefactors.

Through these stories, it is evident that amidst the darkness of war, the light of faith, hope, and love endures in the hearts of the Ukrainian people.

Christ is risen! Христос Воскрес!

Br. Błażej letters – Night 436

Saturday, May 6, 2023

Great politicians, but also simple people are talking and waiting for the counter-attack of the Ukrainian army and the beginning of the liberation of Ukrainian lands from Russian occupation.
The Russians are also aware of the ZSU’s goals and are increasing the strength of their attacks.
Yesterday in Vinnytsia around 5 pm warning sirens wailed. God just grant us peace!

Bahmut had a very heavy night of shelling by drones with banned phosphorus weapons.
God give us peace!

Listen to the Word of God, with your heart:
“On the next Sabbath, after Paul’s sermon in the synagogue in Antioch of Pysidia, almost the whole city gathered to listen to the word of God. When the Jews saw the crowds, jealousy seized them, and blaspheming, they opposed what Paul was saying.”

How did the pagans react, and how did the religious people react:
“The Gentiles, hearing this, rejoiced and glorified the word of the Lord, and all, destined for eternal life, believed. The word of the Lord spread throughout the country.”

Fruits in the preaching of the Word:
“And the disciples were full of joy and the Holy Spirit.”

And again:
“Lord, show us the Father, and that is enough for us.”


Invitation: Sunday. May 7. 1 p.m. Fr. Pio House. Workshop for children 6-12 years about baking bread “Narni”.

Mr. Arkadiusz, who receives our letters every day:
“Good morning.
Such sad images of beautiful children and young people affected by the war in Ukraine.
It’s a shame that normal people around the world elect politicians who later send their families to die in war.
The whole world of politics is tainted with corruption, war and death of people for money.
And all you have to do is listen to the Holy Scriptures…. – I am not talking about faith in the Lord God …. Only about the teaching of the Church….
The teaching of Scripture has already opened the door to Peace, but it is so hard for these crazy, rule-obsessed politicians to listen to the Word of Scripture ….
Ach…. I find it so hard that innocent people are suffering and in Ukraine, and Russia, and Poland, and Africa, all over the World….
With my warmest greetings

Kramatorsk – Slavyansk.
Russian missile attacks yesterday.

Mr. Roman Zamriy, our parishioner, as a doctor, fights for the lives of his fellow soldiers. Let’s surround him with our prayers.

Information from the brothers

Bro. Kazimierz Guzik


Brothers of the Custody of Ukraine
Br. Błażej Suska

Br. Błażej – letters – Night 435

Friday, May 5, 2023

Increasingly restless – Russian terrorists launched as many as 25 drones on Kyiv last night.
All were shot down by PPO (ППО) anti-aircraft systems. Only debris from the downed drones fell on the city, causing fires.
During the night, explosions in Dnipro, Kramatorsk, Mariupol.

Once again we receive the Good News:
“We are just proclaiming to you the Good News of the promise given to the fathers: that God has fulfilled it to us as their children, having raised up Jesus. It is also written in the second psalm: “You are my Son; I have brought you forth this day.”
You are not a stranger to God. You are His Son. God knows you by name. God loves you.


The St. Nicholas Church has still not been returned to its owners – the Roman Catholic parish in Kyiv.

Prayer of worship on the streets of the city of Lviv. Brother Zbigniew Savchuk pray together with members of the School of Mary.

– Another group of young tourists headed to our Capuchin church and monastery.
– A new form of opposition to war, NOT WAR – through a life of flowers and colors of joy and hope. People are painting stones, even stones can speak. (Our Capuchin background.)

Last night two Russian S-300 missiles fell on the town near the school.
Fortunately, there were no casualties. No one was killed.

Our Capuchin women keep helping others.

Information from the brothers

Br. Kazimierz Guzik


Brothers of the Custody of Ukraine.
Br. Błażej Suska

Letters from Br. Błażej: Night 434

Thursday, May 4, 2023

St. Florian, the martyr.

Russia launched as many as 24 kamikaze drones into Ukraine yesterday evening. 18 of them were shot down.
Tension varies around the Ukrainian armed forces’ counterattack. Let us pray….

God is the God of history, of nations, and ofeach of us:
“Listen, Israelites, and you who fear God!
The God of this people of Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people in the foreign land of Egypt, and brought them out of it with strong arm.”
God give us, give Ukraine, peace.


Brothers in Lviv visit wounded soldiers in hospitals, sanatoriums. They often witness miracles of Divine love.

Another tour, the children learn about the history of our monastery and the Capuchins.

Help from the USA.

A Russian rocket hit a construction hypermarket. As a result of the rocket attack, 3 people died and 5 were injured.


At the invitation of Poland, children whose parents, usually fathers, took or are taking part in the war went on vacation.
Let us pray for Poland and the Poles, for our Benefactors.

Information from the brothers

Br. Roman Pop – Uzhgorod
Uzhgorod yesterday also said goodbye to another HERO …. Eternal rest…!!!!

Br. Kazimierz Guzik – Lviv

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Brothers of the Custody of Ukraine
Br. Błażej Suska

Letters from Br. Błażej: Night 433

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Outside Poland: St. Philip and St. James.
In Poland, the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Poland, the main patroness of Poland.

The Zaporizhia region suffered the most on this night. In Kyiv, alarms are sounding. Fire protection systems are working.
May God give us peace.

With best wishes to the Polish nation for Constitution Day.


How important it is to see the Father, to know who I am.
“I am the way and the truth and the life. Philip, whoever sees Me, sees also the Father.”
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you knew Me, you would also know My Father. But now you have known Him and have seen Him.
Philip said to Him, Lord, show us the Father, and that is enough for us.”
God, the Father is love!


Germany ♦ Mrs. Magda Kaczmarek.

“Hello Blazej, huge thanks for your daily reports.
It moves us how tragic it all looks. The funeral of these two siblings, the little boy who is already consciously experiencing it, that his brother and sister will never be with him again, because they were just killed, so senselessly…. oh my God and what terrible pain for parents, grandparents…. Good Jesus and our Lord give them eternal rest!

Warm greetings!
Magda Kaczmarek
Head of Section Eastern Europe I”


Farewell to another hero of the armed forces of the Ukrainian army, (ZSU – ЗСУ), who gave their lives for our freedom and yours.
Yuri Myroniuk, may he rest in peace!


Yesterday we hosted more “angels” who help us, defenders of our and your freedom, our borders.
Brother Joseph, our superior, royally hosted our Benefactors.
After a short rest, they headed east to bring all sorts of help, including two cars.

May God protect and bless you. Let us pray for our Benefactors.
Long live Poland!
Слава Україні! (Glory to Ukraine).



Information from the brothers

Br. Yaroslav Fedirchuk – Dnipro

“Vatican Radio” Ukrainian language session.

Fr. Luca Bovio, Fr. Leszek Kryza and Rika Itozawa visited us.

Br. Sergey Voronyuk – Lviv.

Brother Vladislav receives aid from Lviv destined for our defenders and people in the areas liberated from Russian occupation.
The aid was organized and delivered to Lviv by our Benefactors from Austria – Mrs. Heidi Filzmoser and her sons Peter and Johannes and our brother Mark King. Deo gratias for every open heart!

Br. Kazimierz Guzik – Lviv



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Brothers of the Custody of Ukraine
Br. Błażej Suska