Important Update: Since March 27, Franciscan University has provided room and board for 50 Ukrainian mothers and children at our study-abroad site in Austria. Because of the generosity of donors, we can now continue to offer hospitality through the end of June, instead of the planned two-months. Most of the refugees hope to return to their home country later this summer. Others will need to find suitable housing in Austria, since their homes are uninhabitable. All donations raised beyond the initial costs to house and feed the Ukrainians at our Austrian campus will go to help them find a safe place to live.
UPDATE #2: Once again, we want to thank you for your incredible generosity! We also wanted to share some pictures of our guests, so you can see how your generous gifts are making a difference. Here they are:
Here's a short video clip from WTRF, one of our local stations, in which Tom Wolter, Austrian Program Director, talks more about this important effort: https://youtu.be/-eSjhgODL-c
UPDATE: Thank you for your overwhelming generosity! Thanks to you, we are able to increase the original goal to raise more money to help the Ukrainian women and children staying at the Kartause on our Austrian campus. We are able to help immediately and directly. May God bless you for your generous gifts!
Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Austrian Campus has opened two wings of the Kartause Maria Thronus Iesu (Monastery of Our Lady, Throne of Jesus) to a group of 41 children and women refugees from Ukraine. While many early Ukrainian refugees needed only temporary housing on their way to family or friends throughout Europe, an increasing number have no one to care for them and need longer-term residences.
To support these children and women fleeing their war-torn country, Franciscan University will provide shelter and food for the next two months at the Kartause. There is also a Byzantine Catholic chapel to meet their spiritual needs and a classroom for the children to continue their studies.