Diamonds in the Rough for the Church

We contacted the young deacon Tadey who is currently taking care of the displaced. At the moment, the area of his monastery has not been too affected by the Russian bombings.

Let’s meet Tadey Volodymyr Kherovych, a young deacon preparing to become a monk with the Basilians in Ukraine. “When I was 13, I had a teenage crisis. I was a problem person. I had many conflicts with my friends, with my classmates. It was good for me that I started going to church. Because if I didn’t, I would have changed in some way, by using alcohol or even drugs. And now I’m very grateful to God for this opportunity and for this time in my life.”

His name is Rolisson Alfonso de Oliveira Monteiro. He lives on the banks of the great Amazon River, a giant waterway that gives its name to a whole region of extraordinary nature and immense pastoral needs. “We are called river people,” he says. “The river people have a connection to the Amazon River and nature, and I reflected that just as Jesus passed through the Sea of Galilee to invite his disciples, I feel that Jesus has also called me from the river.”

Gabrijel Pavloviv grew up in Bosnia-Herzegovina and now lives in the martyred city of Sarajevo. Although the war has been over since the mid-1990s, the country remains very divided. It was in this atmosphere that the young man heard his call from God. “I can see clearly that people are in urgent need of care and help. As a future priest, I would like to bring people peace and reconciliation as the Gospel says. All we want to do is spread the message of Jesus as long as we can.”

“This region knows several troubles which are linked to various rebellions that cause repeated wars, and great poverty experienced by so many here. I would like to become a priest to bring consolation to those who suffer with this wound, to announce hope to those who have lost everything.” Jean-Claude Fiston, DRC.

His name is Elie Abu Younes. His country, Lebanon, is in the midst of one of the worst political and economic crises in its history. Life there has become extremely difficult. Yet he wants to become a priest. This is what he says: “People need a priest to support them, to help them persevere in this land. Thank you to ACN for supporting us, the Lebanese seminarians, in these difficult times. May God bless you, strengthen you and fill you with His joy!”