Although the situation in Ukraine continues to worsen, members of virtually all Carmelite centres have remained in situ to take care of those affected by the terrible war.

In the city of Berdyczów, Sisters and Brothers are running a shelter for those in need. Fr. Józef Kucharczyk O.C.D, Provincial Delegate in Ukraine, describes the warzone situation and the invaluable work the Carmelites feel called to provide:

''Our main task is to pray for peace, but also to be in place for all those who turn to us for help. People know that they can feel safe within our walls during the bombing, so we try to be prepared. At night or during the day, families (especially the elderly and mothers with children) will appear asking to wait out the bombing. We buy water, generators for electrics, stoves or medicines. . .

Poorer families also ask for help in organising their trip to Poland, which is not a simple task with such an avalanche of people fleeing the war and less and less available gasoline. We are aware that over time, cities will run out of basic things: food, drinking water, medicines, electricity... and then we want even more to be ready to respond like a biblical Samaritan to those affected by war.''

The full report from Fr. Józef can be read here. He also provided a video update direct from Ukraine which was published by the General Curia and can be watched here.

In Kiev and Kharkov, due to fierce fighting in recent days, Sisters have been forced to evacuate to seek refuge in Poland. Friars remain in Kiev to take care of the members of the Secular Order and the people who have found refuge in their church and convent.

The Carmelite communities in Ukraine thank all those from across the world who have provided support so far. As this crisis continues, continued aid will become increasingly urgent. If you are able to make a donation to help, no matter how small, please follow this link.