The church in Bialystok in distant Siberia is moving up ...

The church in Bialystok in distant Siberia is moving up ...

Two years ago, when we got to know that a church in Siberian Bialystok had burned down, we got involved in helping the inhabitants of Białystok. In consultation with the organizers of the collection of funds for the reconstruction of the temple, we prepared exhibitions which show the everyday life of the settlement and its history, as well as a folder supporting the action. We also hosted Agnieszka Kaniewska, who told about the circumstances of the fire and conducted the entire campaign for reconstruction, in Poland and abroad

Agnieszka Kaniewska visited us again. She just returned from Siberia. Of course, she was in small Siberian Bialystok. She told us how construction works look like. Before winter, the church will receive a roof, and on June 12, 2020 - on the name day of the patron of the church (St. Antoni of Padua), the consecration of the temple is planned. The rebuilt church refers to a pre-war building built in 1908. The liturgical part will be only 35 m², but this will be enough for the small settlement community. It is important that there will also be a meeting room for children and for the local community. The building will also be topped with a bell tower. Today, the church in Siberian Bialystok is not only a place of worship, but also a meeting place for the descendants of Poles and those for whom Christian culture and tradition are important. That is why so many of our compatriots got involved in the reconstruction of the temple. Białystok also felt this special cultural brotherhood. We are waiting for the grand finale.

Photos: Agnieszka Kaniewska

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