The Companions of Christ Orthodox Catholic Mission work harder these days to help those in-need.

Christ brings more folks to be served at our mission doors every day. We are rewarded more with thanks and by seeing in their faces, the face of Christ.

We serve the homeless and the near homeless, the disenfranchised and marginalized, the poorest of the poor, the unseen, the unheard, and the unwanted.

Our mission and values draw directly from the Orthodox Christian teachings; Scripture, Liturgy, the Gospel and the Tradition of the Church. These Christian Orthodox values / visions are at the heart of what we do and who we are.

Since we believe each person is made in the image and likeness of God and has inherent dignity, we work with those living in poverty to have access to food, water, housing and other basic amenities which many of us can often take for granted.

How could we possibly be an apostles of the Kingdom – Thy Kingdom Come! Without wanting to go where Christ's good news is hardly known? We are "generalists" when it comes to ministry, and so from the beginning we have wanted to travel abroad to work in the "emerging Churches": in Africa, Middle East, Far East, Europe and America … Now these missions are forming their own clergy and becoming in turn missionaries.

It is thought to be virtuous not to have any preferences, but we at The Companions of Christ Orthodox Mission, we have one nonetheless. It's a preference for poor, in response to the Gospel and to the Church calling us today to be on their side. For us too, it’s a consequence of our own vow to live as poor men. Some will dedicate themselves full-time to this work: with marginalized people of every kind, in hospitals and in prisons, "worker priests" or volunteers in different organizations … But all of us try to live in union with the poor, because "the poor will always be with us", because the poor are too often neglected even within the Church.


REFUGEES FROM UKRAINE 

IN FRANCE  

Our Association AESEP and our cult Saint Vladimir intervene in the field of assistance to refugees and asylum seekers from Ukraine.

The appalling war situation in Ukraine forces millions of people to seek protection from western countries such as Poland, Romania, France, etc.

We have already been working in this area since September 2021, having enabled a family of 4 people, 2 adults and 2 children, to find a deserved refuge in Chambon sur Voueize. These people from Luhansk have lost absolutely everything and are trying iuci with our help to find not only the basics of a normal social life but also an acceptable psychological "comfort" because, let's not forget, we can't get out unscathed of a war in which Russian FSB agents threaten you with death.

We have set up a complete and comfortable apartment for them, given them access to food aid from the restaurants of the heart, and received a warm welcome from the Town Hall and the whole municipality.

The children were educated from the start of the 2021/2022 school year and had access to the linguistic integration courses set up by the government and National Education.

All the administrative procedures have been carried out in Limoges, Guéret and Paris.
We are now in contact with the prefecture of Creuse and a specialized association in order to welcome a family of refugees. Everything is in place to receive them.

We receive help from many private individuals in terms of material donations and from an association of St Malo, "the bidders" which already allows us to meet the administrative financial needs.

For those who would like to help our Church & Association, here are the information:

Association AESEP
IBAN : FR76 3000 3015 1400 0372 9451 572 et BIC: SOGEFRPP

For more information,  please email:

leonide_achard@hotmail.com