Since 1990, generous American Catholics have provided millions of dollars for projects which were submitted to our office by the bishops of Ukraine. These efforts have helped the Church in Ukraine rebuild itself and begin to live and serve in freedom. The following are just a few examples of past, ongoing, and new projects sponsored through our office.
With your help, we have …
…Participated in renovations of Greek Catholic and Roman Catholic cathedral churches in Lviv
Lviv is an ancient city with two major archdiocesan sees, and two cardinals. Both cathedrals are witnesses to centuries of history and are prominent cultural and religious heritage sites.
… Supported the establishment of Catholic Radio in Lviv
Radio is one of the best ways to reach thousands of people deprived of Catholic teaching and culture for decades. This radio project in Lviv is now providing them with quality programming.
… Helped establish a licentiate program in theology at Lviv Theological Academy
This project provided funds for enrolled and new students, and covered costs for tuition, living expenses, books, and supplies.
… Assisted with training program for 30 teachers in Teen STAR in Kiev
This project made possible the training of 30 teachers in Teen “Sexuality Teaching in the context of Adult Responsibility,” an international, effective program to form teens in Catholic sexual morality.
… and we continue to …
…Support Roman Catholic and Greek Catholic seminaries though out the country
Ukraine has been blessed with many vocations. The need in priests is till great to serve this nation of 48 million.
… Give support to Catholic mass media in the Lviv Archeparchy
This project provides funds to improve the overall development of Catholic mass media in the Archeparchy. Request submitted: $15,000
… Support the Ukrainian Eastern-rite Church government liaison office in Kiev
With our help, the “Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church” Liaison Office in Kiev can cover salaries and office expenses as it carries out its important mission to establish and maintain healthy and mutually-beneficial Church-state relations. Request submitted: $33,120
We hope in the future to …
… Lend support for family training courses in the Kyiv-Zhytomyr Diocese
This project would allow for much-needed formation and education of Catholic families as they confront the many challenges of 21st-century, post-Communist society. Request submitted: $10,000
… Help with funding for courses on Christian ethics in the Ternopil Eparchy
Teaching Catholic morality is urgent in post-Communist societies, even as they confront new challenges of modern consumerism and individualism. Request submitted: $10,000
… Support leadership training for youth and the retreat ministry in the Stryj Eparchy
As John Paul II reminds us so often, the youth are the future leaders of the Church and society. This program helps form them into effective Catholic leaders who will shape the future of the Ukrainian Church. Request submitted: $9,000
…Provide scholarships for Ukrainian to lay and religious to study in Poland, Rome, and other centers of catholic theology and philosophy.
In order to be able to educate the generations of Catholic lay and religious leaders the Church needs to educate the future educators today. Thus scholarships are provided to prepare seminary and university faculty for generations to come.
…Support religious orders of men and women in their ministry aimed at strengthening the mission of the Church in Ukraine
Religious orders are providing an indispensable service to the local eparchies and dioceses by works of charity, education, catechesis, social services, caring for priests and seminarians, and so much more. Your support of their efforts makes a great difference in the life on the local Church.
…Provide funding for summer evangelization camps.
The seventy-five-year communist rule left behind a tradition of political summer camps for young people. Now this tradition is getting a religious spin. Ukrainian Catholic University is participating in this summer program along with Donetsk-Kharkiv Exarchate by providing volunteers and resources for summer camps, which include retreats, seminars, and just good old summer fun in the context of Christian charity and personal growth.