If any women out there among my readers need a good cry today, please read on. Linked below is a heartwarming film about the Monastery of the Holy Ascension in Banchen, Ukraine which is about 7 kilometers from the Romanian border. The monastery has become an orphanage, hospice, and home to over 200 children. Some of the kids are profoundly disabled. Many were simply abandoned by parents who did not want them. The brothers and sisters of this community who have taken vows of celibacy, prayer, and obedience have become mothers and fathers in every sense of the word.
The abbot is Fr. Michael who started the monastery with four other monks in 1994, and you will see that he has accomplished much since then. Recently I read that Fr. Michael has been made a bishop, but he is still the abbot.
This 55-minute documentary is not in English, but it really needs no translation.
The film is titled “Forpost” (Outpost) – What the Church Can Accomplish”