Hope Amid War in Ukraine!
|News for Knights of Columbus|
|VOLUME 40 │ NUMBER 11 │ MARCH 16, 2022|
|The need to support Ukrainians displaced by the war continues to grow. The Knights of Columbus is working with our councils in Poland and Ukraine, as well as the Latin and Greek Catholic Churches in Ukraine, to provide much-needed hope in the form of temporary shelter, food, medical supplies, clothing and communications.|
|‘A Multitude of Help and Kindness’On behalf of Pope Francis, Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, almoner of His Holiness, praised the humanitarian efforts of the Knights of Columbus during a recent visit to the Seminary of the Archdiocese of Lviv, Ukraine. “The pope is very grateful to all those who show love to the Ukrainian people,” he said March 9. “Thank you to all, including here the Knights of Columbus, who were very close to John Paul II.” READ MORE|
|‘We Didn’t Want to Flee’Within a week of the Russian invasion, more than 1 million Ukrainians sought refuge in Poland and other neighboring countries, and millions more became displaced within Ukraine. The decision to leave was harrowing for Roman Panivnyk, a Knight from Kyiv, and his wife, Olga. Torn between loyalty to their country, concern for Olga’s elderly parents and responsibility for their three children, they ultimately left to Poland. From there, they received assistance from Roman’s brother Knights, and the family was able to continue to Olga’s sister’s home in Pennsylvania. READ MORE | WATCH VIDEO|
|Stand in Solidarity with Ukraine100% of your gift to the Ukraine Solidarity Fund will be used to assist internally displaced persons and refugees. |
Due to logistics issues, getting material items from North America to Ukrainian refugees is very difficult. But by collecting and purchasing goods in Europe, in partnership with local Catholic communities, the Knights of Columbus has been able to deliver essential supplies to those in need.
|St. Joseph: Our Spiritual FatherTo aid councils and their families in fostering devotion to the Guardian of the Holy Family, the Knights of Columbus-produced documentary St. Joseph: Our Spiritual Father is available to view online. Featuring powerful testimonials and interviews with leading experts and theologians, the film provides viewers with a glimpse into the life of one of the Church’s greatest saints — whose feast day we celebrate March 19. WATCH NOW|
|An Art Like No OtherThe icon of St. Joseph that serves as the centerpiece of the Knights of Columbus pilgrim icon prayer program was created (or “written”) by Élizabeth Bergeron, an iconographer in Montréal. She recently shared with the Knights of Columbus the story of her conversion, her vocation as an iconographer and the Order’s prayer program. READ MORE | WATCH VIDEO|
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