Unfortunately we don’t have much news to share with you.  Fr. Sean’s scheduled trip to Pro Vita in mid-August had to be cancelled due to unexpected events in his day job at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School.   Fr. Sean is hoping to re-schedule his trip for the Christmas holidays  The Tanases have […]

MAY 2023 Newsletter

  We wish everyone a beautiful Memorial Day weekend.   NEWS FROM ROMANIA The Ukrainian children and young adults who arrived at Pro Vita in a transfer from an overcrowded Romanian institution in  Baicoi are settling in, but they still have not been accepted in the special needs school in Valenii de Munte.  As the […]


Board Chairman, Fr. Sean Cavanaugh, visited Pro Vita in mid-March and joined with the Ukrainian teenagers and the displaced elderly celebrating their 1 year anniversary at Pro Vita. Twenty-five more Ukrainian adolescent refugees arrived at Pro Vita from a Romanian State institution, transferred due to overcrowding there.  This mix of boys and girls were assigned to […]


First and most importantly we want to thank all our NEW and RETURNING donors who made our Matching campaign such a huge success. Thanks to the efforts of Fr. David Subu and his congregation at St. Mary’s Orthodox Church in Falls Church, VA, their annual St. John ’s dinner raised over $4300.00 and a number […]


The year started out with a plan to recover from the constraints of COVID and get back to normal at the largest non-government organization (NGO) of its kind in Romania. The Russian invasion of neighboring Ukraine on February 24 disrupted that plan completely. Well over 100 Ukrainian refugees of all ages came to Valenii de […]

Donation Update January 2023

We received generous donations from two NEW contributors. Our thanks to Cara C. and Cecily P. whose contributions will be matched by the Board on a 2 for 1 basis for a total of $1200.00! Our stalwart recurring donors since mid-December include Diana M., Jamie and Beth M., Jennifer D., Wendell B., Tim D., and […]

December 2022 Newsletter

  As 2022 draws to a close, the AFPVO Board (Sean, Donna, Frank, Kerry, and Shelby) wishes all of you the happiest of holidays and a healthy and joy-filled New Year. A technical snag prevented us from sending a Giving Tuesday reminder after Thanksgiving, so as you contemplate your end-of-year giving choices, we want to […]

November 2022 Newsletter

Frank and Donna returned from their second visit to Pro Vita in 2022.  Fr. Sean has also visited twice this year.  Board members have visited more often than usual to demonstrate our support and assess the impact of the Ukrainian refugees on the Pro Vita community.  New pictures of the residents and life at Pro […]

AUGUST 2022 Newsletter

Introducing our newest Board member – Kerry Garikes Kerry is a St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (SSSAS) alum (2008) and also graduated from UVA and Yale.  She just moved to Seattle, WA where she is working as an architectural designer for a commercial architectural firm — and enjoying Seattle’s hottest summer on record!  Kerry is […]