Friday, 27 May 2022

Charity Dinner for Ukrainian Refugees

Sadly, the terrible war in Ukraine continues and the weapons are so often targeted on people's homes, so although the trauma of fleeing their country is awful, their fate had they remained would perhaps have been even worse. 

The Order of St Lazarus internationally continues it's work to support those who have fled for their lives.

The Grand Priory of Great Britain has already sent £2,000 towards this effort and we are now holding a Charity Dinner to raise some more funds.

We will gather on the evening of Friday 15th July for Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at the Chaplain General’s Church in Farington - St Catherine's, preceded by the granting of promotions, etc. An aperitif will be served in the Pope John Paul II Room and then the Grand Prior will host a Dinner at Farington Lodge. 

Our guests of honour will be the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, Charles Hadcock and his wife, Camilla.

Any guests are most welcome to attend any and all events.  

Friday, 8 April 2022

Ukraine refugee assistance

An update of some of the work going on that our donations have helped towards.

Peter Tüzes KLJ, Chancellor of the Grand Priory of Hungary writes: 

Since the last report we continued and continue to work together with Kolping Society (Hungarian Kolping Association). This week we finished with our 7th transport and like the previous 3, the route was again through Romania.

So far we have supplied app. 20 tons of food, hygienic and sanitary products, baby and women protection packages, bandage, field-beds, sleeping bags etc.

Our supply targets South of Ukraine, where there is no war but are many internal refugees. We had to rent vans and small trucks, and we sent the goods to a Kolping Hospital.

So far 7 from the 20 Hungarian brothers made at least one trip to central or eastern Romania (where we transship the loads to Ukrainian vans), mainly as drivers (jfyi: a return trip has ~ 1700 km and takes 2 x 13 hours).

We continue to collect donations form Hungarian companies and civilians. With the help received from the Saint Lazarus Order, the Liechtenstein Hilfswerk and with other donations we can continue our mission.

In parallel with the supplies sent directly to Ukraine we continue to provide Hungarian Refugee Centers with warm meals. We are in contact with 3 centers, hosting altogether app 90-100 people.

I am proud to tell you, that after more than a month of humanitarian crisis the generosity of the Hungarian society and compassion with the refugees is still at high level. App. 600,000 refugees have entered Hungary so far, 8-10% of them remained in the country.

Let’s continue to pray for peace!

Thursday, 10 March 2022

Prayers and aid for Ukraine

The Grand Priory of Great Britain, under the instigation of our Prior, HE Chev Anthony Dickinson, has sent £2,000 to the Order's international appeal for aid to assist Ukrainian refugees. Already members in the countries bordering Ukraine are active in bringing this aid to those in need.

In an appeal in the Chaplain General's church of St Catherine in Leyland, £867.90 has been raised towards that. A fine and generous effort.

Our prayers as well as our practical actions continue to be with the people of the Ukraine for a speedy end to their sufferings. Prayers both for freedom and for justice.

Thursday, 3 March 2022

Order of St Lazarus in action assisting refugees from Ukraine war zone

The Grand Priory of Great Britain received news today of our brothers and sisters in the Hungarian Grand Priory who area actively looking after those fleeing from the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Our prayers are with them in this valiant humanitarian effort and we have sent £2,000 to the Grand Master's appeal to support those in need.

Their Chancellor writes:

The Grand Priory of Hungary has started to collect food, warm clothes, blankets, tents etc… and the first load arrived to the border last Thursday. 

Since then every second day two vans comute from Esztergom to the Ukrainian border loaded with instant food, cans, medicine and lots of hygiene products: pampers, sanitary tissues, feminine protections etc... On their way back the vans take refugies who wish to go to the airport or meet their relatives or acquaintances in Budapest.

The government controls the situation quite well, the border crossing points operate with no significant waiting queues. Schools, sport facilities, hotels not in use, even military barracks in the neighborhood were used and transformed in order to host these people in need. At this time their number is around 150 000.

We are in permanent contact with governamental and charitable organizations to find the best means we can help. This is how we got in touch with two small villages who have received no governmental attention so far, one taking care of 120 and the other of 80 refugees, the later e.g. has now about 50 children. (The above mentioned hygiene products etc. landed here.)

We provide funds to the councils of these two villages so they can give one warm meal per day for the around 200 refugees.  

Our brothers collect the requests and two day later we try to deliver that.

May God bless their work.

Atavis et Armis!

Monday, 28 February 2022

Aid to Ukrainian refugees

President Volodymyr Zelensky

Our Grand Master, Count Dobrzenský z Dobrzenicz, has called for the Order to support those fleeing from Ukraine in fear of their lives. To do this he has committed the Order to give 10,000 euros to a special fund co-ordinated in the four Visegrád countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) which are close to the Ukranian border; in all of which the Order has a strong presence.

Our Grand Prior in Great Britain, Chev. Anthony Dickinson, is keen for our Priory to support this initiative and, with the support of his Council,  is committing to giving £2,000  to this fund. 

In the parish of the Chaplain General, Fr Simon Henry, an appeal was made yesterday which will be re-issued this coming Sunday, which has already raised £810. Another £100 has also been given by members. Thank you to all those who have contributed.

Any members - or indeed anyone else - can contribute by contacting the Grand Prior, the Treasurer, the Hospitaller or the Chaplain General.

We unite ourselves in prayer with the brave people of Ukraine that their valor may bring them victory.

The statue of St. Michael the Archangel on the Lyadsky Gates in Kyiv.

Holy Michael the Archangel, 
defend us in battle. 
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. 
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, 
and do thou, 
O Prince of the heavenly hosts, 
by the power of God, 
thrust into hell Satan, 
and all the evil spirits, 
who prowl about the world 
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.