“We feel responsible for each other”: In kyiv, a priest continues his mission in the heart of the conflict

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) reports the testimony of Father Andriy Bodnaruk, a Greek Catholic who remained in kyiv. Wearing a bulletproof vest, he brings comfort to the inhabitants, distributes parcels and organizes liturgical services in shelters. 

“Our people are not panicking; he sees an even greater need to serve and support one another. I see his dedication”. Father Andriy Bodnaruk, a Greek-Catholic priest, is one of the many priests supported by the organizationAid to the Church in Need (ACN) in Ukraine.

The cleric, who remained in kyiv testifies to the AED of his daily life in the heart of the war. It relates in particular to the mutual aid that has been set up between the inhabitants.

“Many of them, those who had means, a nice house, and lived in comfortable conditions, today often wear jackets and torn pants and wake up in the cold, day and night, to protect their city and that of others. They are selfless and dedicated. They know what they stand for. »

"People are united especially by the Church", underlines the priest who explains that "when the community gathers in the shelters for prayer, the community comes closer together and we feel responsible for each other".

Wearing a bulletproof vest, the priest roams the city visiting families and soldiers at checkpoints and holds liturgical services in shelters.

He also distributes emergency aid packages that he can purchase with financial support from ACN and other organizations. The religious says he is grateful for this “financial support during this difficult period” which allows him to buy, among other things, “necessary products and medicines”.

“I sincerely thank Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) for its financial support during this difficult time. I want to assure you that every penny used in wartime is a great contribution and investment in world peace. The funds received are mainly used to pay recurrent expenses, to buy the necessary products and medicines and to pay transportation costs. »

In the midst of war and chaos, the Greek-Catholic priest awaits God with hope, he recalls “that after death came the resurrection”.

“When we crucified Christ and after his burial, we saw no change either. But after the torture, after the death, came the resurrection. That time will come and we will see the resurrection. »

According to ACN, like Father Andriy, "hundreds of priests are currently doing pastoral and social work in kyiv".

Camille Westphal Perrier

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