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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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Opray Chittister Interview

“The Time is Now: A Call to Uncommon Courage”

By Joseph Kilikevice O.P. | April 19, 2022

Author, activist and Benedictine nun Sister Joan Chittister discusses her newest book, The Time Is Now: A Call to Uncommon Courage. In a powerful conversation, Sister Joan defines what it means to be a prophet in today’s modern world, and challenges us to combat complacency and apathy in our own lives. She outlines the key steps…

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We Have Family in Ukraine

Notes from Ukraine, Saturday, April 2, 2022

By Joseph Kilikevice O.P. | April 4, 2022

Yesterday Kyiv had one of its quietest days since the beginning of the war. I didn’t hear a single siren, although when I looked at the “Digital Kyiv” app, I found out there had been two air raid alarms. Only two; other days there had been as many as twenty. Yesterday you couldn’t hear repeated explosions, but only something like a distant “thunder” from time to time.

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“O God, one and great, protect our Ukraine” – Notes from Ukraine, Saturday, March 26, 2022

By Joseph Kilikevice O.P. | March 28, 2022

Like many of the faithful around the world, we spent yesterday focused on Mary, Mother of God. In the evening, together with a few fathers and most of the people who now live in our priory, we went to the Kyiv Cathedral of Saint Alexander where, in spiritual unity with Pope Francis, we prayed the Act of Consecration of Ukraine and Russia to the Most Sacred Heart of Mary. The Mass was presided by Bishop Vitalij, the ordinary of the Kyiv-Zhytomyr diocese.

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We Have Family in Ukraine

An Update From the Dominican Friars in Ukraine, March 22, 2022

By Joseph Kilikevice O.P. | March 25, 2022

This letter from the Vicar of the Dominican Friars in Ukraine is very moving and contains a link to a letter written to the Dominican family in Ukraine by Timothy Radcliffe, former head of the Order.

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We Have Family in Ukraine

Letter from Jarosław Krawiec OP in Ukraine, Saturday, March 19, 2022

By Joseph Kilikevice O.P. | March 21, 2022

After almost an hour of driving from Kyiv, Father Thomas and I have reached Fastiv. I always visit this city and the brothers and sisters working there with great pleasure. Just before I left this morning, I met a woman who had managed to evacuate a few days earlier from one of the cities outside of Kyiv that had been destroyed by the Russians.

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We Have Family in Ukraine

Notes from Ukraine, Tuesday, March 15, 2022

By Joseph Kilikevice O.P. | March 17, 2022

In the last few days, Kyiv has become unsettled. The noise of blaring sirens has become more frequent, which means increased risk of air raids. I also seem to sense an increase in the sounds of battles fought on the outskirts of the city, all kinds of explosions, and the hiss and whizz of things flying over our heads.

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Redeeming Our Battered Era

The Art of Redeeming Our Battered Era

By Joseph Kilikevice O.P. | March 11, 2022

Artist Makoto Fujimura uses materials and techniques from nihonga, a Japanese style of painting. The pigments are pulverized minerals and precious metals applied in multiple layers, in what he describes as “a slow process that fights against efficiency.” Prayer and contemplation are woven into the work. The tiny mineral particles refract light, often creating subtle prismatic effects.

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We Have Family in Ukraine

A letter from my Dominican Family in Ukraine, March 8, 2022

By Joseph Kilikevice O.P. | March 9, 2022

A letter from my Dominican Family in Ukraine, penned by Jarosław Krawiec OP, Kyiv, March 8, 2022, 4:45pm.

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Ukrainian Genocide

Live News Coverage Shows Genocide at the Hands of Putin’s Army 

By Joseph Kilikevice O.P. | March 7, 2022

Friends of Shem Center, I include here this recent letter my Chicago Dominican province received from the Vicar Provincial in Ukraine that gives a moving account of what they are experiencing there. Live news coverage clearly shows the crime of genocide at the hands of Putin’s army. Civilians, many of them children are being killed.…

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Ukrainian Sacred Music

Sacred Music From Ukraine

By Joseph Kilikevice O.P. | March 3, 2022

Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus from the Album “Golden Echoes of Kyiv – Divine Liturgy.” Translation: It is finished. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the one who is thirsty I will give a drink without cost, from the spring of the water of life. — Revelations 21:16

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Zelenskyy says Russia should be considered ‘terrorist state’ after Kharkiv attack

By Joseph Kilikevice O.P. | March 1, 2022

Zelenskyy called on “all countries of the world to immediately and effectively respond to this crime of the aggressor’s tactics and to declare that Russia is committing state terrorism. We demand full responsibility for terrorists in international courts. “

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