Knights of Columbus relief efforts in war-torn Ukraine chronicled in new documentary airing on ABC affiliates nationwide beginning Feb. 26
The Knights of Columbus’ ongoing relief efforts for internally displaced persons and refugees are chronicled in the new Knights of Columbus-produced documentary “In Solidarity with Ukraine.” The 60-minute documentary will premiere on Feb. 26, 2023, for a six-week run on ABC-affiliated stations across the country through a partnership with the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission.
“Our message to internally displaced persons in Ukraine and refugees in Poland is one of solidarity, gratitude and a commitment of continued support,” said Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly. “Knights in Poland and Ukraine are committed to meeting the long-term needs of the people and communities most impacted by this devastating conflict. This is why I can say with confidence to the Ukrainians: ‘You’re not alone.’ This is why I can promise we’ll be there for as long as it takes.”
The Knights responded within 36 hours of the Russian invasion by committing $1.5 million toward humanitarian relief and established the Ukraine Solidarity Fund. To date, the Knights of Columbus has raised more than $20 million, and thanks to the more than 9,000 Knights in Poland and Ukraine, distributed over 3.2 million pounds of food to those affected by the war. During the first weeks of the war, the Knights of Columbus Mercy Centers provided much-needed opportunities for refugees to find shelter, warmth, rest, food and water — as well as spiritual support through the presence of Knights chaplains and the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy.
Watch the “In Solidarity with Ukraine” trailer.
“In Solidarity with Ukraine” was produced by David Naglieri, director of film and digital media for the Knights of Columbus, and features commentary from Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly; Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, supreme chaplain of the Knights of Columbus; Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church; Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, dictionary of the service of charity; Archbishop Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki of Lviv; and Scythian, a Celtic folk-music band founded by brothers Alexander and Danylo Fedoryka, who are first-generation sons of Ukrainian immigrants.