The Sisters of the Carmelite Monastery in Dysart, Fife, have welcomed a Ukranian family into their community. Arriving last week, mother and daughter Olena and Sofia will be staying in a cottage within the grounds of the monastery.

We are thrilled that the family have arrived safely and will be looked after by the loving community. The Carmelite Sisters pray that the Immaculate heart of Mary will bring peace to the Ukraine.

The most recent letter from the the Prior Provincial of the Polish Province of Carmelites includes a sobering description of recent events from one of the parishioners, Marianna Strepka:

“On the morning of the 24th of February the inhabitants of Sasiadowice and the whole Ukraine were woken up by a whistle. From the radio and the television, a terrible message could be heard – the war has just begun! Not everyone immediately believed it. People thought they were merely exercises. However, the reality turned out to be completely different from the usual military exercises. Nobody imagined that in the 21st century they would hear explosions and watch tanks passing on the streets. It was a terrible morning for every inhabitant - disbelief, shock, and fear. Men between 18 and 60 were called up to military service. Only the mothers with their children and the grandparents remained at home. Some people ran away from the war. It is a tragedy for every single family. People do not know if they will see their relatives again. But they pray and believe that God is with them.''

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