EADM and Healthcare Professionals leap into action for Ukraine relief

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“It’s time to step up and do works of mercy. Mercy is love that seeks to lessen the misery of others. For years, we promoted mercy as way of life. We have to live it. We’re asking all wonderful people to help out.”

By Chris Sparks

When they saw the emergency, they leapt into action.

Dr. Bryan Thatcher, founder of Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy (EADM), and Nurse Marie Romagnano, MSN, RN, founder of Healthcare Professionals for Divine Mercy, both have medical training as well as years of experience practicing and promoting the Divine Mercy message and devotion under the guidance of the late, great Fr. Seraphim Michalenko, MIC. Their apostolates have been officially connected to the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception for decades. 

There are Marian Fathers enduring the sufferings inflicted by the present war in Ukraine, including the 22 Marians in Ukraine itself, as well as those Marian Fathers serving in other countries facing a refugee crisis and an unknown future.

So, when Dr. Thatcher and Nurse Marie saw what was going on in Ukraine and Eastern Europe, they both set to work, making phone calls and trying to figure out how they could help.

UPDATE! What’s most needed?
We are in most need of donations for medical and humanitarian supplies to be purchased for the refugees.

Humanitarian crisis
Dr. Thatcher acknowledged that some people don’t know what to think of mainstream media coverage of the conflict. “Both ministries have many contacts in Poland. I have been to Ukraine and have friends there. This is a real humanitarian crisis,” he explained. “Be careful what you read, but I know personally the sources of the information I am receiving. This is a terrible humanitarian crisis, and we need to move and act, all done in a spirit of Christian love, out of love of God.

“It’s time to step up and do works of mercy,” continued Dr. Thatcher. “Mercy is love that seeks to lessen the misery of others. For years, we promoted mercy as way of life. We have to live it. We’re asking all wonderful people to help out.”

Very quickly, explained Nurse Marie, they realized there was a serious shortage of medical supplies in the parts of Eastern Europe most impacted by the conflict. “I know we can get them. What can we do?” she said. 

Past experience
“God works in mysterious ways,” said Dr. Thatcher. Contacts from 20 years ago led to things coming to fruition, he explained. “It happened so quickly I knew it was God at work.” For 25 years, he and EADM have been filling shipping containers with medical supplies and sending them to populations in need across the world. All that experience has paved the way for a remarkably quick response to a world historic crisis in the heart of Europe.

He’s already been able to arrange the shipment of significant quantities of medical supplies (some shown below) over to Europe, but both he and Nurse Marie know this is just the beginning. 

Power of prayer
Both agree that we are putting into action the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy, and that the power of prayer will ultimately save Ukraine – and the world. 

“We need everyone to pray,” Nurse Marie said. “We have to have constant Divine Mercy Chaplets and Rosaries. I’ve tried to alternate one Chaplet, one Rosary for Ukraine, for Russia, for everyone impacted by the conflict.”

“If possible, try to go to Mass an extra day, even if it’s a little more of a sacrifice,” Dr. Thatcher recommended. “Pray a Chaplet for all the victims of this tragedy that are going to die today.”

“That’s why every single person is important,” said Nurse Marie. “People say they feel so helpless. Every person can pray. If you can’t do anything but pray, that’s absolutely perfect. Bryan and I couldn’t do this without prayer. We’re up to 12, 1 in the morning, then back to it at 5 a.m. This is some of the most rewarding work I’ve ever done. I know Bryan feels the same. I’m just so impressed at what God does — He’s helped us get large shipments into Poland.”

To find out more information, please call EADM at 877-380-0727. To send monetary donations to the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception to help cover humanitarian aid costs and supporting their ministries in areas presently affected, please visit https://www.marian.org/ukraine/ 



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