Tokmak, Ukraine, October 2, 2019
The Monastery of St. Ambrose of Optina in Tokmak, in the Berdyansk Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, was attacked on the morning of the great feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God, September 21.
Arsonists set fire before the morning service, causing significant material damage to the monastery, reports the Monastery Bulletin of Ukraine.
The attackers set fire to two combined garages, one of which had a car with a trailer, a set of winter tires, and power tools. The other housed building materials and special tools for laying tiles on the porch of the monastery’s Church of the Ascension.
The monastery was already short on funds, as it spent three years repairing the winter Church of St. Ambrose of Optina, and is asking for assistance from the faithful children of the Orthodox Church.
“We ask everyone who can render any material help to donate alms to the St. Ambrose men’s monastery of the UOC, which will not be forgotten before the All-Seeing Eye of God,” writes Abbot Makary and the brothers of the monastery.
The monastery’s benefactors are commemorated at every Divine Liturgy, at the Midnight Office, and at the reading of the Psalter and the monastic prayer rule.
The monastery’s website provides the necessary information for sending financial help:
Funds can be sent via Western Union, to the abbot of the monastery, Igumen Makary (Pasichnyi Oleksandr Anatolievich, Пасичный Александр Анатольевич). The monastery asks that you send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or a message via Viber to +38 050-730-6158 or via WhatsApp to +38 068-100-5585 with the tracking number, currency, amount of transfer, and name and country of the sender.
For bank transfers in dollars:
Recipient: PASICHNYI OLEKSANDR, index 71112, Ukraine, area Zaporizka, district Berdianskyi, city Berdiansk, street
Horkoho, building 9, flat 26
Recipient’s acct. #: 5168742728144084
Recipient’s bank: PRIVATBANK, 1D HRUSHEVSKOHO STR., KYIV, 01001, UKRAINE
SWIFT CODE/BIC: PBANUA2X
Correspondent Bank: JP MORGAN CHASE BANK
SWIFT CODE/BIC: CHASUS33
Recipient’s bank account in the correspondent bank: 0011000080
For bank transfers in Euros, all the information is the same as for dollars, except:
Correspondent bank: Commerzbank AG Frankfurt am Main Germany
SWIFT CODE/BIC: COBADEFF
Recipient’s bank account in the correspondent bank: 400 8867004 01