Campaign helps Ukrainian refugees attend Catholic school in Michigan

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WARREN, Michigan — An anonymous donor has launched a twinning campaign to support Ukrainian Catholic Immaculate Conception Schools’ efforts to educate refugees from the ongoing Ukrainian-Russian war.

The donor worked with the Catholic Foundation of Michigan to set up a short scholarship fundraising campaign to help cover tuition for refugee students attending the school this year, after reading the efforts of the school in the Detroit Catholic, the media of the Archdiocese of Detroit.


“The entire mission of the Catholic Foundation of Michigan is to facilitate giving for our faithful Catholics,” said Angela Moloney, executive director of the organization.

The donor wanted to use the foundation as a fundraising mechanism for student refugees so that a wider audience could learn about the campaign and donate. The fund includes dollar-for-dollar matching up to $50,000.

“(I was) moved to tears by the beautiful story of both the plight of Ukrainian schoolchildren and the generosity of the Ukrainian Catholic Schools Community of the Immaculate Conception” in welcoming these students, the donor wrote to the Michigan Catholic Foundation.

“Like many around the world, my prayer regularly includes the people of Ukraine who have seen their lives torn apart by the terrible assault on their nation and way of life,” the donor added.

Donors can donate here — https://bit.ly/3x7pnGD— to help cover the tuition fees of the approximately 100 refugee students who will attend the Immaculate Conception this school year.

Having the fund administered by a third-party fundraising source allows the school to focus on its mission while the Catholic Foundation focuses on fundraising work, Moloney said.

Moloney said the headteachers were grateful for the generosity of the donor. Father Daniel Schaicoski, a priest in the Order of St. Basil the Great, who is the superior of Ukrainian Catholic Immaculate Conception schools, said the community could certainly cope with raising the remaining $50,000.

“Fingers in the nose. I know this community is generous and we can do it,” he told her.

“It’s not just another Catholic school for these kids,” Moloney said. “It will be a home that understands them and can embrace them in a way that any other school or community could not.”

“It’s a beautiful, ideal solution for those children and families who have already lost so much,” she said. “It is our gospel call to help them.”

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Meloy is a staff writer for Detroit Catholic, the new outlet of the Archdiocese of Detroit.

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