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“Do not neglect hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.” --Hebrews 13:2

Since February 22, 2022, widespread, unprovoked military attacks by Russia on the people of Ukraine have left homes destroyed, families separated, and communities ruined causing more than 6.3 million Ukrainians to be displaced--Europe’s largest refugee crisis wince WWII. One cannot help but wonder how to help. After considerable prayer and discernment, Sparkill Dominican Sisters Valorie Lordi and Bernadette Nonnon reached out to Sister Margaret Mayce, (International Coordinator of Dominican Sisters international Confederation) who contacted the Dominican Sisters of Blessed Imelda of Slovakia, who are near the border of Ukraine.

In the Dominican tradition of visitation that harkens back to Mary visiting her cousin Elizabeth (Luke 1:39-56), Sisters Valorie and Bernadette went in June to spend ten days with the Dominican congregation in Kosice, Slovakia and Mukachevo, Ukraine. During this time, the Sisters were able to spend time in prayer, provide service to refugees and share stories of faith together. It was an enriching experience for all and was an experience of profound connection and presence with the larger Dominican family.  Both Sisters Bernadette and Valorie were deeply moved by the courage and faithfulness of the Sisters and the Ukrainian women and children they met. (Read their reflections on our Blog. . .click on link)

Below are some of the stories from the visit:

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