Svyatogorsk, Ukraine, March 7, 2022
As it has since 2014, the Holy Dormition Svyatogorsk Lavra continues to receive and shelter hundreds of refugees.
In 2014, refugees from the Donetsk and Lugansk Provinces fled war to take shelter in the monastery, and now they are being joined by residents of the cities of the Kharkov Province, reports the Russian Church’s Synodal Department for Monasteries and Monasticism.
According to the monastery press service, 269 people, including 120 children have arrived at the monastery over the past week. Most of the refugees make up large families fleeing from various cities and towns. As of Friday, there were 342 refugees being taken care of in the Lavra.
The Ukrainian Orthodox faithful have responded to the needs of the refugees, sending humanitarian cargo, including food, clothes, diapers, medicine, etc., to the monastery.
Thanks to its work with refugees, the Lavra has also become a center of conversion to Orthodoxy. For example, in 2014, OrthoChristian reported that more than 30 refugees were baptized at the monastery.