Neurological Dormitory in Kyyzyl- Kyya


For a few years now every two weeks/month someone from the parish visits the Neurological Dormitory in Kyyzyl- Kyya, which is about 200 km from Jalal-abad. F. Remigiusz decided to take us with him as well. I must admit I was a little afraid of this visit, I have never been to a similar institution, and since it was in Kyrgyzstan I was expecting the conditions to be quite dramatic. However I was very wrong.

Summer at the lake Issyk-Kul


This summer for the second time the Children's Center located in the village on the southern shore of Issyk Kul welcomed children and young people from Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

Breathing the smoke of esyryk

For me, Kyrgyzstan means unusual moments, surprising events, daily relations, everything that takes time and what really is elusive.

English lessons


It’s been almost a month since we came to Kyrgyzstan, but we are feeling as we’d arrived yesterday. Time flies and so much is happening that, we don’t even have a minute to sit down and write about what we’re doing. Kyrgyzstan astonished us with its wonderful nature and amazed with the hospitality and friendliness of its inhabitants. We live next to the Parish so we meet local people on daily bases. Every day there is someone new coming to the Parish: friends of Father Remigiusz and Brother Damian, people asking for support for their family or for English lessons, sometimes it’s just someone who is hungry.

Volunteers in Kyrgyzstan

On the 2nd of September, Blessed Mother Theresa of Calcutta Parish in Dzalal-abad welcomed two volunteers from Poland. Two ladies are participants of the European Voluntary Service (EVS) program, sponsored by European Commission.

Teaching the Faith and Supporting the Poor


The parishioners of the Church of the Immaculate Conception, London, welcomed a special visitor last month. Brother Damian Wojciechowski SJ visted Farm Street Church to thank supporters and explain in detail the work in which he and his colleagues were involved in Kyrgyzstan. The parish of Santa Klara in the former Soviet country is twinned with the Jesuit parish in London through Jesuit Missions.

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Appeal from the Jesuit Catholic Mission in Kyrgyzstan


I'm one of the four Jesuit's working in Dzalalabad in South Kyrgyzstan. Our area boders China, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan. In the past, Catholic families living here were expelled from Stalinist Russia. They are very much a minority within the comunities.

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What's new in Jalalabad in 2010?


Throughout the year, Brother Damian spent much time at the place where the Spirituality Recreation Centre is being build. During the revolution, there were attempts to take over the house, and the "revolutionary committee" demanded over US$2000 from Brother Damian. During the fighting in Jalalabad, volunteers from Slovenia worked on the construction, thus within 6 days the roof was built. At the end of July, even though construction wasn??t quite finished, we held the first camp for our youth of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

Article from Jesuits & Friends

Article from Jesuits & Friends - Winter 2010

After War


When I go and visit the Uzbeks (whose homes were burned down and who lost family members) I always introduce myself as follows : I’m Brother Damian, I work for the Catholic Church. We obtain our financial help from Europe, from people who heard about your tragedy. In one home the widow, whose husband was shot, interrupted me and said “I’ve met you before, I work for the Home for the disabled”. Since they cover their heads with scarves, it took me a while to recognise her. Walking around from one burned out home to another and having had contact with poverty for many years, you start to withdraw emotionally and only when you meet a familiar person who has met with tragedy, does your heart recognise the scale of the suffering that people are living through.

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