The Archdiocese of Suceava and Radauti announced on Friday night the measures taken to support refugees from Ukraine. The archdiocese’s photographer, Irina Ursachi, accompanied priests and volunteers from the Archdiocesan Administration and captured emotional pictures.
An intervention committee for the situation of refugees was set up in the archdiocese, consisting of clergy of the Diocesan Centre, deans, exarchs and volunteer coordinators.
The archdiocese offers, from its own stocks, water, non-perishable food, household items and personal hygiene products, as well as accommodation in parishes and monasteries.
A support office has been set up at Siret Customs where Ukrainian-speaking priests and volunteers provide counselling to refugees.
Starting on Thursday afternoon, Putna Monastery offered meals and accommodation to refugees who crossed its threshold.
At the Burdujeni Railway Station in Suceava, the refugees are helped by the members of St George Parish with food and words of encouragement.
Several families were received last night at Putna Monastery, some of whom continued on their way to relatives in different cities.
Photo: Archdiocese of Suceava and Rădăuți / Irina Ursachi
At Siret Customs, the archdiocese also provides spiritual assistance. Joining volunteers, a total of eight priests, half of them speaking Ukrainian, will assist refugees permanently. Every six hours, two priests will be present at the refugee centre.
Many monasteries and parishes have set up food and products collection centres: non-perishable food, linen, blankets, pillows, mattresses, hygiene products.
Volunteers of the Suceava Orthodox Youth Association (ATOS), clergy and faithful of the parishes near Siret border crossing are involved in the distribution of the collected products.
Those who wish to join these humanitarian actions are urged to contact the parish priest or donate to the Archdiocese of Suceava and Radauti.
All the support actions of the archdiocese are carried out in close collaboration with the local authorities and the competent institutions, constantly communicating the latest information on the spot.
The Archdiocese of Suceava and Radauti has urged believers to increase prayer in these tense days.
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