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In Ivano-Frankovsk regions, marauders are plundering a monastery closed by authorities

DECR Communication Service, 03.05.2022. 

Marauders are gradually taking to pieces for firewood the Dukonya Monastery of the Holy Trinity. It is reported by Pravoslavnaya zhizn’ [Orthodox Life] website with reference to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Diocese of Chernovtsy and Bukovina.

“Quite recently, Carpathians resounded with “Christ is Risen”, and the mountings echoed “Risen, Risen, Risen…”. But on March 9, 2022, the 23 year-long glorious history of the Dukonya Monastery of the Holy Trinity ended. The monks were evicted in the middle of winter by the authorities of the Ivano-Frankovsk Region. The Halychyna no longer needs the endless prayer of Orthodox monks. It is sad. The locals say that the wooden monastery is gradually taken to pieces for firewood and with time there will be only desolation at its place”, the report informs.

The Dukonya monastery is located in the Carpathian Mountains at the height of 1534 meters. On March 8, 2022, a group of armed men forcibly took the abbot, Archimandrite Tit, and Novice Trofim out of the monastery. According to locals, they were brought to Verkhovina, where they were interrogated.

As of today, all the churches and monasteries of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church Diocese of Ivano-Frankovsk are forcibly closed and sealed up, except for the Cathedral of the Nativity in Ivano-Frankovsk. However, this church, too, is facing the threat of closure. In April, the priests and community of the cathedral, as well as the clergy and faithful of the diocese appealed to the head of state, asking him to defend them from the arbitrariness of the local authority. The appeal stated in particular that on April 4, the Ivano-Frankovsk mayor announced that the religious community of the cathedral had “voluntarily” changed its confessional affiliation and called upon the city-dweller to help the community move to “The Orthodox Church of Ukraine”.

“We officially state and stress: neither the clergy nor the community of the cathedral made such a decision”, the document emphasized. The clergy and parishioners regarded the statement of the mayor as “a call to make the religious community change its subordination, otherwise the church will be taken by force”.

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