In line with its vision ‘a place that matters’, Nelson Cathedral held
a community Vigil for Ukraine service on March 1 6.
The cathedral conducted two vigils on the same evening to
ensure all could attend.
“It is important at this time that we gather to support all those
suffering from this war and pray for peace”, said Cathedral Dean,
Donations were collected for the Red Cross which raised
$1 829.50 for their Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.
The vigil was also broadcast live on the Cathedral’s YouTube
channel and local Ukrainian Dmytro Romanenko said his
community shared the vigil online with families and friends in
“I'm conveying their thanks to you and your parishioners for that
sign of your support,” added Dmytro.
“This was a good example of what it means for the Cathedral to
lead community initiatives and to be at its best as the spiritual
heart of the Diocese and City,” added Dean Graham O’Brien.
The Cathedral tower is floodlit at night in blue and yellow in
support of Ukraine.
Picture shows Cathedral Dean Graham O’Brien (on left) presenting the Cathedral’s $1 829.50
Vigil for Ukraine donation to John Davies, Branch President of Nelson Red Cross (on right) and
centre looking on Dmytro Romanenko, local Ukrainian and Board Member of MultiCultural
Nelson. The donation goes to the Red Cross Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.