The faithful of the Diocese of Allentown were extremely generous in the special collection for Ukraine, donating $344,153 to benefit victims of the war.
“I am heartened and exceptionally proud to learn of the generosity of the people in our Diocese during this holiest of seasons,” said Bishop Alfred Schlert.
“I ask everyone to join with me in continuing to pray for peace in Ukraine, and for the affected people and their families who are suffering because of Russia’s invasion,” Bishop Schlert said.
The special collection for Ukrainian war victims was held in parishes March 12 and 13. The money is being forwarded by the Diocese to Catholic Relief Services.
In the photo above: People cook food outside their homes at a courtyard in the port city of Mariupol, Ukraine, April 5, 2022. The World Food Program is warning the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine threatens severe food shortages and acute hunger there, and risks triggering a global surge in hunger and malnutrition. (Catholic News Service Photo)