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Ukraine: 400 people join Indian Catholic nun for prayer daily 

Sister Ligi Payyappilly, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Saint-Marc, is a missionary in Ukraine

An Indian Catholic nun who is a missionary in Ukraine says she continues to pray with 400 people daily for ending the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict.

“Every day, I have 400 people for prayer in our convent,” Sister Ligi Payyappilly, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Saint-Marc, told RVA News. 

They are registering before coming to the convent, said the native Indian nun.

She received an honorary Ukrainian citizenship in 2018.  

She is the superior of the congregation's convent in Mukachevo, a town in western Ukraine in the Mukachevo diocese.

“I am going to every part of Ukraine and in Europe for preaching and doing prayer services last 15 years,” Payyappilly explained. 

Amid the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict since February 24, the nun reduced her frequency of praying with people.

“As the war continues, now only two days I am praying with the people on Monday and Thursday,” she added.

When asked how their missionary work now due to the conflict is, Payyappilly said, “The war is going on and we continue our pastoral work. We are safe thank God.”

According to her, people support the nuns and their inmates for their daily provisions and other necessary commodities for survival. 

There are 13 nuns; including three Indians and the rest are Ukrainians. They manage an old age home that has 18 members. 

The Sisters of St. Joseph of Saint-Marc have communities in America, France, Germany, Italy, India and the Philippines.    


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