Date and place of the ordination of a new UGCC bishop, Mykola (Bychok), are appointed
The episcopal consecration of father Mykola Bychok to the ruling bishop of the diocese of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul in Melbourne (Australia) will take place on April 26, 2020, at the Main Cathedral of St. George in Lviv. The Divine Liturgy begins at 11: 00.
The Liturgy will be led by the Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, His Beatitude Sviatoslav, the Primate. The concelebrators were Archbishop Igor Voznyak of Lviv, Metropolitan of Lviv of the UGCC, and Bishop Petro Stasiuk, eparch of the Eparchy of Saints Peter and Paul in Melbourne.
The rite of bishop nomination will be held on April 25, 2020, at 18.00 in the Church of the Holy Hieromartyr Josaphat (Lviv, Zamarstynovskaya, 134a). This is reported by the UGCC Information Department.
As RISU informed, on January 15, 2020, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis appointed the new Bishop of the UGCC diocese of Saints Peter and Paul in Melbourne, Rev. Fr. Mykola Bychek, CSsR, who is currently a parish employee at the parish of St. John the Baptist in Newark, USA. At the same time, it was reported that the Holy Father had accepted an abdication from the pastoral government submitted by Bishop Peter Stasyuk, the witty Bishop of this Diocese.
Nominee Bishop Mykola Bychok was born on February 13, 1980, in Ternopil. In July 1997, he joined the Congregation of the Holy Redeemer, obtained his monastic and theological formation in Ukraine and Poland, and received a diploma in pastoral theology. After taking life vows on August 17, 2003, he was ordained as a priest on May 3, 2005.
Father Mykola performed pastoral service in the Church of the Mother of God of Untiring Help in Prokopyevsk (Russia), was the abbot of the monastery of the Redemptorist fathers and parishes in Ivano-Frankivsk, a provincial economist. Since 2015, he has served in the parish of St. John the Baptist in Newark, USA, of the Philadelphia Archdiocese of the UGCC.
Diocese of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul
Diocese of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, based in Melbourne, Australia, was founded on June 24, 1982, when the then Apostolic Exarchate for Byzantine rite Ukrainians in Australia, New Zealand and Oceania, created in 1958, was raised to the level of a diocese. The territory of the diocese covers all of Australia, New Zealand and Oceania. Since 1992, it has been headed by Bishop Petro Stasyuk, who turns 77 in July this year.