Monday of the Holy Spirit, June 8, 2020, Bishop Mykola Bychok celebrated the first Divine Liturgy after his ordination. This service was held in the monastery next to hieromonk Volodymyr Kozak, CSsR, who is bedridden due to illness.

According to the decision of the Provincial Council of the Lviv Province of the Congregation of the Most Holy Savior, hieromonk  Volodymyr, despite a serious illness, was assigned to the mission group of Redemptorist fathers.  Through patience and prayer he supports the mission, whose success depends not only on the sermon itself but also on the foundation of prayer.

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According to the Gospel read on Monday of the Holy Spirit, the shepherd leaves 99 sheep and goes to find the one which is lost.  This Liturgy, according to the website of the Lviv Archeparchy, became a similar sign – in it the bishop bowed over the sick, giving the Eucharist and blessings to support the spirit during the trials.

As we reported, the ordination of the new ruling bishop of the Eparchy of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul in Melbourne (Australia) Mykola Bychok for Ukrainians in Australia, New Zealand and Oceania took place the day before, on the Feast of Pentecost.

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, ordained Bishop Bychok on Pentecost Sunday, 7 June, at St George’s Cathedral in Lviv, Ukraine.

The presiding bishop was his Beatitude Sviatoslav, Father and Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. Bishop Ihor Vozniak, Archbishop and Metropolitan of Lviv, and Bishop Petro Loza, Auxiliary Bishop of the Sokal-Zhovkva Eparchy, were co-consecrators.

As with other Eastern Catholic Churches with dioceses in Australia, which are in communion with Rome and the Holy Father, the Eparch of Ukrainian Catholics becomes a member of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. At age 40, Bishop Bychok is now Australia’s youngest bishop.

The UGCC Department for Information