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Letter From Ukraine, May 16, 2022

By Joseph Kilikevice O.P. / May 31, 2022

Dear Friends of Shem Center, Here is another letter received from my Dominican brother in Ukraine. Fr. Jaroslaw Krawiec, OP, the Vicar Provincial from Poland ministering in Ukraine. His account of life there reports on details not seen on our news accounts. Should you feel moved to support his work in Ukraine with those displaced…

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Kyiv before the war

Notes from Ukraine, Sunday, May 22, 2022

By Joseph Kilikevice O.P. / May 27, 2022

PICTURED ABOVE: The City of Kyiv before the invasion by Putin.

I received this latest letter from my Dominican Brother Jarosław and share it here with the friends of Shem Center. He writes about what ordinary life is like for them in Kyiv and also includes some news of particular interest to the Dominican family of Brothers and Sisters throughout the world.

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We Have Family in Ukraine

Letter from Ukraine, May 11, 2022

By Joseph Kilikevice O.P. / May 26, 2022

I just received another letter from my Dominican brother in Ukraine, Fr. Jarosław Krawiec OP with an account of life in Kyiv. I am struck by the seeming ordinariness of how they are facing the challenges and disappointments of living within a war that is causing so much loss and pain. The courage and commitment to life among the people is inspiring.

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I Am Ukrainian Now

I Am Ukrainian Now

By Joseph Kilikevice O.P. / May 6, 2022

Tom Paxton and John McCutcheon have written a heartfelt, stirring song, “Ukrainian Now.” that touches us all. Noel Paul Stookey edited this beautiful video that includes the voices of Peter Yarrow, Bill Miller, Tret Fure, Holly Near, Emma’s Revolution, Rebel Voices, Crys Matthews, Carrie Newcomer, Christine Lavin and Joe Jencks – whose playing of the electric bouzouki adds a haunting compliment to the piano of McCutcheon.

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Ukrainian Flag

Notes from Ukraine, Thursday, May 5, 2022

By Joseph Kilikevice O.P. / May 6, 2022

“Father, the air raid alarm has been going for over two hours. Are you in the shelter?” As I was beginning to write, I received this message from Vera, from the House of Saint Martin in Fastiv. Tonight, just like yesterday, the air raid was announced covering almost the whole country; the news reported multiple rocket attacks in different cities of Ukraine. Although the attacks are mostly aimed at railroads and strategic locations, we all know those rockets don’t always hit their targets.

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