Church of Hagia Sophia, the Divine Wisdom
The community of cloistered sisters is growing and is developing its activity that requires more space in the monastery. For example, they would like to have a big library where they could do translations and carry out research projects, etc. Besides, they need rooms for painting or music classes (some of them have corresponding talents), a special recreation hall, a suitable laundry room, etc. That is why they need to extend the existing monastery that has only 8 small cells, a small isolation ward and 3 rooms used as a study, a guest room and a sewing room.
The heart of the monastery is the chapel. The existing chapel is not sufficient even for the number of sisters that is growing every year not to mention the great number of people that come to the monastery every Sunday for the Divine Liturgy.
Moreover, other activities of the missionary sisters, catechism and retreats, often coincide in time with the contemplative sisters’ prayers and children or other people occupy the chapel. So, the cloistered sisters need their own place for praying where visitors could join the Divine Liturgy as well. The existing chapel would be used as a chapel of the Retreat Centre for those who come here for catechism, the Spiritual Exercises or retreats.
Taking into consideration the above mentioned arguments we consider that it is necessary to extend the existing monastery. The new part should also include a church with an appropriate place for the cloistered sisters and enough space for visitors.
The place for the future church and its cornerstone were blessed by His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk in August, 2014. He supported our desire to build a new church especially in the difficult times of war that Ukraine is going through nowadays. He said that the troublesome situation required from the people to have a cornerstone that would be a pillar for them at any moment. “This cornerstone is Jesus Christ. So, right now it is time to build new temples that would help us nurture our relations with Christ”.
The cornerstone was transferred to the basement floor of the future church on the 19th of November, 2016 and blessed by Most Rev. Volodymyr Viytyshyn, Archbishop of Ivano-Frankivsk.
We also have the first architectural drawings (made by a professional architect) of the future monastery with the church. They reflect the main elements of Hagia Sophia Church in Rome built by our Patriarch Josyf Slipyi in the XX century in order to prove that the Divine temples cannot be destroyed (in opposition to the Soviet atheistic attempts to ruin churches).
With the help of one local benefactor and a foreign foundation we constructed the basement floor of the future church. The works are going on and need financial support.
We would be grateful if you could support this good idea to build the Divine temple where our sisters will pray to God during many years for all those who help them.