Support the Capuchins in Ukraine and Poland

"Brothers in the East went to Kharkiv with another shipment of food. We receive and pass on. They are on their way. Oremus (we pray)."


"The monastery was a bit shaken. I don't think they hit the town. Everything was OK with us. People from the town stayed with us in the monastery."


"At each location, as much as possible, we assist people in transit to the west of Ukraine and Europe. Crowds of refugees pass through our monasteries. They rest, eat and then continue on their way. Thank you for helping the friars to welcome people from Ukraine. Your hearts and homes are open. Thank you."


Translated from notes sent to us from Capuchin friars in Ukraine and Poland

A Capuchin friar load donated food onto a truck

Since the breakup of the Soviet Union, the Capuchins have maintained a presence in Ukraine, ministering to the human and spiritual needs of the people.

When war came to Ukraine, the Capuchin friars from the Custody of Ukraine chose to remain in Ukraine to provide humanitarian and spiritual assistance to the people. At the same time, our Capuchin brothers across the border in Poland are ministering to the refugees that continue to arrive each day to escape violence in Ukraine. As you can tell from their messages above, the situation is very serious for the Ukranian people.

Like our brother St. Francis of Assisi, who himself lived through strife and war, the friars work to alleviate suffering and be the hands and feet of Jesus among the suffering. You can make a difference and support the work of the friars in Ukraine by mailing your donation to:

Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph
Att'n: Development Office - Ukraine Relief
1820 Mount Elliott St
Detroit, MI 48207

Please write "Ukraine" on the memo line of your check.

We are grateful for your generosity. 100 percent of your donation goes directly to the Capuchin friars in Ukraine and Poland. Thank you.

Peace and all good,

Fr. Mark Joseph Costello, OFM Cap.
Provincial Minister Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph