The 35 religious sisters of the Ukrainian Catholic eparchy (diocese) of Kiev perform an outstanding work of service. They belong to 6 different religious communities and are involved in a wide range of different activities. They prepare children for their First Holy Communion and First Confession, they lead Church choirs and attend to all the many and various needs of the local parish communities. They instruct children, young people and adults in their faith, lead Bible study groups and organise retreats and seminars for girls and young women; they also organise summer camps for the children and visit the sick and elderly in their homes and in the hospitals, comforting them and praying with them. Some of the sisters also carry out domestic duties in the diocesan seminary.
All this work is of immense importance, since many people in Ukraine still suffer from a sense of inner emptiness. During the Soviet era religious faith was forbidden; now many people are still searching for God and want to better understand about religion and faith. Many parents want to see their children given a religious upbringing, but themselves know very little about it. Bishops, priests and religious are unanimous in telling us that the longing for God is growing ever greater and that people are urgently looking for genuine catechetical instruction and pastoral support.
However, the sisters who perform so much of this work, themselves need support in their life and apostolate. To help this cause the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is contributing $7,800 via the diocese to help them in their work
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