Local Ukrainian church prays for peaceful crisis resolution

Mishawaka, Ind. A local Ukrainian church is offering prayers for the peaceful resolution of the current crisis in Ukraine.

Fr. Leonard Korchinsky of St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Mishawaka says parishioners are keeping a watchful eye on news reports with the hopes that their relatives overseas will stay safe amid recent turmoil in the country.

“I would say pretty conscious because their relatives, grandparents are probably from Ukraine,” said Fr. Korchinsky, who explained that many parishioners are first and second-generation Ukrainians. “It’s sort of unknown what is going to happen, but we look for the best.”

He and several other parishioners have attended lectures about the conflict, which has become intensified by Russia’s military advance into the country.

Fr. Korchinsky said he welcomes the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s upcoming visit to Ukraine, saying it's a step in the right direction.

“It will present that argument for the world,” Korchinsky said. “It's something contrary to what President Putin would be saying so I think it would be very helpful.”

The church holds services every Sunday at 10am and visitors are welcome to join in on prayers for Ukraine.

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