Support for Ukraine

Financial donations

The archdiocese has set up a number of ways to donate to help support the people of Ukraine. 
 
Please see below the numbers to text:
 
Text HELPUKRAINE to 70085 to donate £2
 
Text HELPUKRAINE to 70450 to donate £3
 
Text HELPUKRAINE to 70460 to donate £5
 
Text HELPUKRAINE to 70470 to donate £10
 
(Texts will cost the donation amount plus one standard network rate message.)


Other ways for people to donate financially are:
 
By bank transfer to
 
Account name: Archdiocese of Liverpool
Sort code: 40-29-12
Account: 01551493
Reference: Help Ukraine
 
Or by cheque made payable to “Archdiocese of Liverpool” and with “Help Ukraine” written on the reverse, these can be sent to
 
Finance Department
St Margaret Clitherow Centre
Liverpool Archdiocesan Office
Croxteth Drive
Liverpool
L17 1AA


Thank you for all of your donations, so far we have raised over £120,000 - a figure that is increasing on a daily basis. 

Diary of our journey to the Polish border
 
Day 1 – Sunday 24 April
 
On Sunday 24 April, the first two vans of the second consignment left the Liverpool Archdiocesan offices at 6.30am following a blessing and short service by Fr Sean Riley.

The first stop for the four drivers Nicky, Jill, Mike and Chris; was Folkestone to catch the Eurotunnel. They arrived in France at 2.30pm and then travelled through to Belgium.

513 miles later, they arrived at their hotel in Eindhoven, Netherlands for a well deserved rest.
 
Volunteer driver Nicky Hegarty, said: “We had fantastic weather and made some lovely memories on the first day of our journey. Tomorrow morning we will be driving through the Netherlands and Germany to then continue into Poland. We have approximately 800 miles left to travel before arriving at the Polish/Ukraine border on Tuesday.”
 
Day 2 – Monday 25 April
 
At 6am this morning, the final two vans and four drivers of the second consignment left the Liverpool Archdiocesan offices. The journey has been staggered to allow a smooth handover to Bishop Gregory on the Polish border.
 
Good luck to Aaron, John, Ben and Anthony in convoy two.

Convoy one set off at 6.45am with over 1,100km to travel today! After a long day on the road, they safely arrived in Krakow, Poland in the evening. 

Convoy two arrived in Eindhoven, Netherlands after a successful first day travelliing through England, France, Germany and Belgium.

Day 3 - Tuesday 26 April


Today, convoy one arrived at the Polish/Ukrainian border and were welcomed by Bishop Gregory and seminarians from Holy Spirit seminary. They collected the aid donated by the archdiocese and will take it to the Ukraine and will distribute it to hospitals and local people.
 
Bishop Gregory thanked the archdiocese for everyone’s support for the #Liverpool4Ukraine appeal. He said of the support of the archdiocese means “We are not alone.”

The medical donations, including trauma kits, first aid kits and pain relief, were loaded straight into an ambulance and have been taken to Kyiv.

Watch videos of the handover here: Archdiocese of Liverpool - YouTube

Volunteer drivers described the journey as: “An amazing experience bestowed upon us. From the bottom of our hearts we would like to thank everyone for the prayers and well wishes that have kept us safe on our adventure. It is a once in a lifetime experience and something we will never forget.”

 
Meanwhile, convoy two are progressing well on their journey and are on track to arrive in Poland this evening.

Day 4 - Wednesday 27 April


Today convoy two successfully delivered the goods to Bishop Gregory at the Polish/Ukraine border.

To watch the video of the handover, click here: #Liverpool4Ukraine appeal - convoy 2 of the second journey arrives at the Polish border. - YouTube
 
Convoy one are making good progress on their way home. They left their hotel in Katowice, Poland early this morning, and will stop either in Belgium or Germany this evening before heading back to the UK tomorrow morning.

Day 5 - Thursday 28 April


Convoy one started the morning with a visit to Cologne Cathedral. They have 257 miles to drive to the Eurotunnel and will travel through Germany, the Netherlands into Belgium and then into France before arriving back in England. They safely arrived home late in the evening. 

Convoy 2 had an early start and stopped at the Island of Ireland Peace Park in Belgium on the way home.


Day 6 - Friday 29 April

Two of our volunteer drivers - archdiocesan staff Nicky Hegarty and Jill Boggan - returned to the office today to a warm welcome from proud colleagues. 

Convoy 2 are on track to arrive back home today. 

Donation of goods

Following on from the successful journey taking aid to the Polish/Ukrainian border at the beginning of April the Archdiocese of Liverpool’s ‘#liverpool4ukraine’ appeal is set to send four more consignments of much needed medical supplies and aid to Bishop Gregory Komar in the Diocese of Sambir-Drohobych in the Lviv region.
 
There will be a return trip for drivers Mike Sharkey and Chris Joynt and they will be joined by four members of staff from the archdiocese: Jill Boggan, Nicky Hegarty, John McMahon and Aaron Kiely for the journey which will take five days, covering 2,800 miles travelling through six countries. 
 
On arrival at the Polish/Ukrainian border they will again meet Bishop Gregory and seminarians from his diocese who will transfer the aid for the onward journey.
 
Our volunteer drivers
 
Jill Boggan
 
Director of finance Jill Boggan joined the archdiocese three years ago. She said of the journey:
 
“I’ve volunteered to go on this trip because I want to do something direct and useful to help people in Ukraine who urgently need the supplies we’re taking to them.
 
“I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to go on this journey and hopeful that taking the generous donations from across the archdiocese to Bishop Gregory, for people in Ukraine, will provide both practical support and comfort that they are not alone.”
 
 
John McMahon
 
John McMahon is a senior accountant at the Archdiocese of Liverpool, he is originally from Ireland and has worked for us since 2001.
 
He said: “I am lucky to be fit and able to undertake the journey and it is an honour to be able to contribute to this vital work. Without the efforts of all those who have donated or have been involved in the initiative to deliver aid to the Ukrainian people there would be no journey to make. I will proudly represent the archdiocese and all the donors in delivering the aid safely to where it is needed.”
 
Nicky Hegarty  
 
Executive Assistant Nicky Hegarty has worked at the archdiocese for three years. She said: “I volunteered to drive to the Polish border as I wanted to do my bit to support the people of Ukraine. Watching the events unfold has been truly horrific to watch and we all had a desire to help them. Taking essential aid to them will hopefully provide them with some comfort and will make every mile of the journey more than worthwhile.”
 
 
Aaron Kiely
Chancery Administrator and Governance Officer Aaron Kiely has worked for the archdiocese for 30 years. Aaron said: “After working for so many years in the ‘back office’ of the Church, it’s great be of practical use in the ‘Deliveries department’!
 
“I feel mildly apprehensive, as anyone does before a long journey abroad, but confident that what we are doing is really worthwhile.
 
“We all know it is better to build people up than to cut them down- to quote Pope Francis: ‘We are all born to help each other. No matter how difficult it is, life is good when you are happy; but much better when others are happy because of you.’”
 
 
Mike Sharkey
 
Archdiocese parishioner and contractor Mike Sharkey was a volunteer driver on the first trip to the Polish border in March. As well as delivering the aid, he has also worked with people and organisations across Wigan to raise over £12,000 for the appeal.
He said of the return journey:
 
“We were able to see at first hand the difference which our aid will make to the innocent people suffering in this conflict. As I kept hearing news of continued attacks on civilians I knew that I had to go back carrying aid and prayerful support from the people of our archdiocese. It was wonderful for us to meet Bishop Gregory and I’m looking forward to seeing him again to offer what comfort we can.”
 
 
The drivers will be joined by Chris Joynt who travelled on the first journey, Ben Quayle who works for PSD who have supplied the vans for the journey, and Andrew Horton who works for Greenmount Projects.

#Liverpool4Ukraine appeal

In March, the Archdiocese of Liverpool launched the #Liverpool4Ukraine appeal.
 
We partnered with the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy (diocese) of Sambir-Drohobych in the Lviv region of western Ukraine as their Bishop Hryhoriy (Gregory) Komar has previously been taught by one of our priests, Father Francis Marsden, while he was studying for the priesthood.
 
Through regular communication with Bishop Gregory, we were able to determine essential items required by the people of Ukraine. We then opened the doors to our 40 parish centres across the archdiocese for people to donate goods based on these requirements. 
 
Thanks to the hard work of volunteers from across the archdiocese as well as parish centre staff, officers at the St Margaret Clitherow Centre and our volunteer drivers, we have been able to send numerous van loads of donations to Ukraine. 
 
The first journey to the polish border happened in March – our four drivers Mike Sharkey, Andy Coley, Dave Lyon and Chris Joynt; travelled for five days, for over 2,800 miles and through six countries to successfully deliver the items to Bishop Gregory and seminarians at the Holy Spirit seminary, Lviv.
 
To view the videos of the handover, visit: Archdiocese of Liverpool - YouTube.

Our connection with Ukraine

Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP can be seen wearing a pectoral cross given to him by Bishop Hryhoriy (Gregory) Komar, the auxiliary bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy (diocese) of Sambir-Drohobych in the Lviv region of western Ukraine. The diocese has 220 parishes, with 285 priests serving 400,000 members of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. Ordained a priest 20 years ago in Lviv and a graduate of the Jesuit-run Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, Bishop Komar was consecrated in 2014 at the young age of 38 by Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kyiv, the head of the worldwide Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.
 
We have local Ukrainian priest, Fr Taras Khomych, who is a priest  at Liverpool's Ukrainian Catholic Parish - based at St Sebastian's RC Church in Fairfield. Fr Taras led prayers for Ukraine at the cathedral vigil on 4 March, he also comes from Lviv and has family there.
 

Reflection from Cardinal Nichols' day of prayer (from 26 January)

 
This evening we’ve celebrated prayer here in the Ukrainian Cathedral in central London for peace in Ukraine. This short service, just half-an-hour, was broadcast throughout the world as part of a call by the Ukrainian Church and by Pope Francis for people to pray for 24 hours for peace in Ukraine. So we’ve been part of a linked prayer – a chain of prayer – all around the world, and it’s important that we sustain that.
 
I ask you sincerely to pray for peace in Ukraine. The situation, as everybody knows, is very delicate – very fragile. There are daily efforts, as I gather from the conversations here, to try and ensure that what is a brittle situation does not break out into armed conflict.
 
We heard this evening from the Metropolitan Archbishop, the Ukrainian Archbishop from Philadelphia, who is here in London for a few days, that the prospect of war is a prospect that breaks the very foundation, reality and hopes of our human family, which is made in the image and likeness of God, which is to be one family destined for the peace of heaven.
 
So we pray that what is a very difficult situation does not break out into armed conflict. The invitation to prayer this evening was very moving, based on the martyrs – the Ukrainian martyrs who were beatified by Pope St. John Paul II on a visit to Ukraine. Those martyrs gave their lives for the visible unity of the Church.
 
Of course, the unity of the Church is a sign and a Sacrament of the unity of the human family, and that unity is broken wherever there is warfare. At the moment, that frontier between Russia and Ukraine is a place of great danger. My prayer this evening was especially for the people of the Ukraine, who feel now that great armies are massing at their borders. But my prayer was also for those who are involved in negotiations – both directly with Russia and in the negotiations that are taking place between allies in Europe and across the Western world.
 
We pray for each other no matter which side of these conflicts we’re on, because conflict is always a failure, and it’s a failure that is deeply destructive, as this country knows. Tragically, conflict erupts in many places even now as we speak. So the duty to pray for peace is one of the first flowerings of a love of God and an ability to see the world through the eyes of God.
 
As we end this reflection, I give again the blessing that I gave at the end of the service of prayer.
 
May God, our Merciful Father, look with kindness on our broken world in which there is so much conflict.
 
May God, our Merciful Father, give wisdom to those who are trying to sustain, protect and build peace through negotiation and diplomacy,
and may God bless us all in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
 
Amen.

Archbishop of Canterbury and York's Prayer for Ukraine

God of peace and justice,
we pray for the people of Ukraine today.
We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons.
We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow,
that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them.
We pray for those with power over war or peace.
for wisdom, discernment and compassion to guide their decisions.
Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear,
that you would hold and protect them.
We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of peace.
Amen.
 
Archbishop Justin Welby
Archbishop Stephen Cottrell
 

UK chief rabbi Ephraim Mirvis prays for the people of Ukraine

A message from Fr Taras Khomych, a Ukrainian priest ministering within our archdiocese:
 
If you know people who are not sure how best to express their support for Ukraine, the Ukrainian Institute in London has posted a list of suggested actions.
A guide to praying for the people of Ukraine
Ecumenical prayers for peace in Ukraine