EUROPE/POLAND - Redemptorist seminarians interrupt their studies to work with Caritas on the Ukrainian border

Thursday, 17 March 2022 wars   displaced persons   religious institutes   caritas   seminaries  

Rome (Agenzia Fides) - Seminarians from the Redemptorist Major Seminary of Tuchow, in the district of Tarnów, Poland, have volunteered to work on the Polish-Ukrainian border, in Zosin for more than a week. They temporarily stopped their studies to help Ukrainian refugees cross the border and to provide them with initial support. As Fr. Maciej Sadowski, C.Ss.R. informs, four seminarians are helping refugees, working at the Caritas center under the supervision of Fr. Maciej Ziębiec, C.Ss.R., a member of the Redemptorist community in Warsaw, who also volunteered to work at the border crossing. As more seminarians have given their willingness to help refugees, a plan has been put in place to allow small groups of them to leave for several days, in turn, to work at the border, without interrupting classes and school for too long and their spiritual preparation.
The seminary and monastery of the Redemptorist Major Seminary in Tuchow, as well as a local parish shrine, are also involved in coordinating aid to the parishes in Ukraine where the Redemptorists of the Province of Lviv serve. These parishes in western Ukraine have become centers of humanitarian aid. Many Redemptorist communities around the world have responded to the needs of the Ukrainian people who are suffering from war. The confreres, who remained on the spot, continue to assist the population and provide them with humanitarian aid received from abroad. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 17/3/2022)