Ukraine: the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the Vincentian Family Standing Together for Peace

by | Feb 25, 2022 | Conflict in Ukraine, News, Society of St. Vincent de Paul | 7 comments

On February 24th, the Vincentian Family published a Statement on the current situation which is sadly unfolding in Eastern Europe. Therein, the Vincentian Family calls on all parties to engage in a search for global peace and to stand firm in their commitment to fully support the people in Ukraine.

This statement was signed by the leaders of the Worldwide Vincentian Family, including the 16th International General President of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SSVP), brother Renato Lima de Oliveira.

Letter to the Vincentian Family in Ukraine and Eastern Europe

The International General Council condemns any kind of war, claiming that the best way to settle conflict is a peaceful approach, thus avoiding the loss of lives and the economic consequences. Jesus’ invitation is expressed in the following words: “Peace I leave with you” (John 14, 27)..

From the outset of this conflict, the General Council General has remained in contact with our brothers and sisters in Ukraine to be informed about their situation and their safety. Fortunately, they are all fine. Currently, there are three Vincentian Conferences in the country:

  • St. John Mary Vianey Conference (adults), and
  • St. Christopher Conference (youth), both in Kharkiv;
  • St. Martha Vetskaya Conference (youth), in Kiev.

“Our deepest sympathy for the Ukrainian people. We pray to God that this crisis will end soon, and that world leaders on both sides will be mindful of the situation and settle disputes through dialogue. Renato Lima de Oliveira has reminded us: “We are all brothers and sisters in Christ”,


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  1. Mark Corcoran

    Please let us know how we can help our SVDP affiliates in Ukraine

    • Geri connor

      I am a member of st Vincent de Paul society in Falkirk, Scotland. With the priest’s agreement, we Could have a special collection to help in practical support for your country. Would you be able to contact our headquarters in Edinburgh to arrange collection of these funds?
      God bless you all
      Kind regards
      Geri Connor
      St Francis Xavier Church, Falkirk, Scotland


      Please tell us how we can make a donation to help the Ukranian people effected by this unfolding disaster. Peace of Christian be with them.

  2. Debra Greig

    Is St. Vincent near Sun City AZ. Taking clothes to send to Ukraine?

  3. Robert Gosz

    Our conference in Green Bay Wisconsin,USA wants to help with prayers and assistance. may God grant you peace

  4. Michael Pond

    Our Conference in Ash fork AZ are Standing by to help…..

    • Patricia Mattozzi

      Can our SVDP Conference send funds to Ukraine for food and medical supplies?