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If I Should Die Before I Wake...

“If I should die before I wake…” is the beginning of a well known bedtime prayer for children.  Since February it reflects the prayers many Ukrainians may pray during the long lonely nights since the beginning of Russia’s violent invasion. 


This past June I volunteered as a photographer covering the humanitarian efforts in Ukraine for the Rotary Club Kyiv-Sophia.  During that time I captured images of the horrible effects of war on the people, the children and the culture of Ukraine.  I also captured images of the incredible compassionate response by fellow Ukrainians in helping, feeding and caring for the countless victims of this war.

I was privileged to spend time observing the tireless and magnanimous efforts of the Rotary Club Kyiv-Sophia for the people of Ukraine. Their work was an inspiration and a joy in an otherwise bleak war torn country.     - Fr. Jim Kirby


Join us on November 10th at Emmaus House, as Fr. Jim shares his recent experience and photographs from his time covering the humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. The same presentation will be offered at two different times on November 10th. See below for additional information & to RSVP.

Date:  Thursday, November 10, 2022

Presentation Times:

1:00 to 2:00 P.M.  &  6:00 to 7:00 P.M.

Location:  Emmaus House 

Presenter:  Fr. Jim Kirby

There is no cost to attend. Please RSVP below for the presentation that you plan to attend. Thank you.

About Fr. Jim Kirby

Jim Kirby is an ordained priest for the Diocese of Des Moines in Iowa.  He was ordained in 1996 and was assigned to the  parishes of St. Theresa’s in Des Moines, St. Francis in West Des Moines and St. Elizabeth’s in Carlisle.  He also was campus minister at Dowling Catholic High School for ten years. While at Dowling, he has taken students on yearly mission trips to the orphanage of Casa Hogar in Barinas, Venezuela and to a children’s community center, Terra Livre in Goiania, Brazil.


Recently he spent the month of June as a freelance photographer in Ukraine covering the humanitarian efforts by the Rotary Club Kyiv-Sophia due to the Russian assault on Ukraine. Currently he is helping out at the parishes of Missouri Valley and Logan, Iowa 

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