The charitable organization “Pro Vita Iași”, with the support of the Moldavian and Bukovina Metropolis of the Romanian Orthodox Church, organized a pilgrimage as a gift for 45 refugee mothers from Ukraine along with their children. The tour with a visit to Orthodox shrines and sights of Romania took place on April 28, 2022, reports doxologia.ro.
The first stop of the group was at the parish of St. Charalampos in the town of Targu Neamtse, where the participants had breakfast and received a good parting word from the parish priest Marian Filip.
The tour continued with a visit to the monastery of Sihastria and the Neamets Lavra, where the Venerable Paisius Velichkovsky lived. In the churches of the monasteries, Romanians and Ukrainians prayed together for peace, tranquility and health of those who remained in Ukraine.
Priests Peter Constantinescu and Radu Brynza told the pilgrims about two saints who unite the Christians of both countries: St. Theodore Sikhlinsky and St. Paisius Velichkovsky.
The next location, the reserve of bison and the Carpathian fauna “Dragos Voda”, turned out to be a fabulous place for children. Despite the not very good weather, they were not afraid to walk, admire the bison and the beauty of the reserve.
On the way back to Iasi, the pilgrims visited the castle of the ancient noble and princely family of Sturdza in Miklaušany.
At the end of the tour, the guests expressed their sincere gratitude to the organizers.
“Thank you very much for the pilgrimage. Our family enjoyed it very much. Thank you for the entertainment, for the meal in the monastery, for giving us so much attention. Thank you for the gifts, for your huge hearts,” said the Ukrainian family of 4 people: Lilia, Kirill, Egor and Valentina.
“Your support is very important for us at this difficult time,” said another participant of the pilgrimage.
From the first days of the crisis in Ukraine, the charitable organization “Pro Vita Iași” developed a project in support of mothers and children called “Childhood Is Everywhere”. Under this project, such pilgrimage tours in Romania will continue to be organized in the future.
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