March 30


Madeline Senay ’12 | Reflections on Ukraine KMOX

By Leah Folk

March 30, 2022

Living and leading in a Global Society – that is the call of an Ursuline graduate, and Madeline Senay ’12 has continually lived up to that calling. Following the teachings of the Ursuline Sisters to engage ethically, critically, and empathetically with the world at large, she is using her voice and experience to advocate for those in Ukraine during these challenging times. 

Madeline earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Missouri – Columbia and went on to earn her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. After graduation, Madeline applied to be a Peace Corps Youth Development Volunteer in Ukraine where she served for 27 months working with youth, particularly affected by its war with Russia in an area very near the armed conflicts. Since then she has returned to her home city of St. Louis, but she hasn’t let that stand in the way of advocating and sharing resources on how to offer support to those currently affected by the ongoing conflict.

Recently she was interviewed as part of the Charlie Brennan Show with Amy Marxkors on KMOX. In it she shares her reflections and perspectives that she is hearing from those that she knows either in bunkers or on the front lines. You can listen to the full interview via this link. The full interview with Madeline begins at the 2:00 minute mark. 

Madeline Senay ’12 was previously recognized as the Ursuline Academy’s 2021 Recipient of the Young Alumna Serviam Award.

The Ursuline Sisters of the Roman Union, Central Province shared part of a letter they received that was written by two  Ursuline Sisters in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine. This was written on March 10, before the shelling began in Western Ukraine.

“Another day of war is behind us. Here in Western Ukraine, the war is calm. Even the air raid sirens are less frequent. Yet, we persist in a kind of wait-and-see attitude….So, I admire with respect our parish priest, Father Władysław, who, with great faith in God’s providence, welcomes successive refugees under his roof – without knowing for how long, or wondering how he will support them all.”

If you would like to make a gift in support of the Ursuline Sisters’ humanitarian work, click this link and you will be directed to a page where you can designate a gift for Ukraine relief.

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