First Monastery of Kyiv Patriarchate in Volyn Oblast Badly Needs Restoration
One of the first women’s monasteries of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan Patriarchate in the Volyn Oblast is in a difficult situation. The Monastery of the Birth of Christ in Volodmyr-Volynskyi is an architectural monument of state importance and needs serious restoration. However, the state does not allocate funds for it. At the same time, the residents of the monastery have no right to organize the restoration work themselves, reported the IA ZIK.
During a meeting with journalists on December 24, the Superior of the monastery, Mother Maria (Ihnatenko), said that there is no ceiling on the first floor which makes the ground floor damp. “They will probably not find funds for us until the regime is changed. For they are able to find funds for the Zymne Monastery (a women’s monastery (of the Moscow Patriarchate), for instance, but not for us for some reason,” said the superior.
The monastery was consecrated in 2002. It is the first monastery of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyivan Patriarchate in the Volyn Oblast.
According to the mother superior, in 2005, the costs of restoration work were calculated and totaled UAH 12 million. However in 2008, the financing was suspended.