The Brothers of St. Albert Thank You for Help in Renovating their Monastery in Ukraine
“Our heartfelt thanks to you,” writes Brother Wieslaw. “Thanks to your help, we have been able to achieve a great deal, and the end of the renovation work is now in sight.”
The Brothers of St Albert in Zaporyzhya are delighted with their newly renovated house. Thanks to the generosity of our benefactors, we were able to give them $33,800, so that they could renovate the central heating system, install thermal insulation, get rid of the condensation on the walls and carry out various other urgent repairs.
The original two Polish brothers of the community, who have now been joined by two young postulants, do not simply live alone in their monastery, but also offer shelter to many homeless people, giving them a temporary roof over their heads. They counsel and support these people in every way, helping many of them to find their way back to a normal independent life. There is space here for up to 26 homeless men to share with the brothers. In the winter there are often as many as 40 men who come to take refuge here. Many of these homeless men also helped actively with the renovation work in fact.
At the same time, the brothers also run a soup kitchen close to the city cathedral, where every day they provide meals for the poor and needy. Many of these people are old age pensioners who would otherwise be unable to afford a hot meal, on account of the rapidly soaring prices in the country.
Outside, in front of their house, the brothers have built a small chapel in honor of Our Lady, with a statue of Our Lady of Fatima that is illuminated at night. There is not a single church in the suburb where their monastery is located, but again and again passers-by stop in front of their little chapel or even kneel on the ground in order to pray. This is a source of particular joy to the brothers.
With them we express our heartfelt thanks to all the benefactors who helped for this!
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