On the 16 May, Bishop Mykola Bychok, Eparch of Melbourne, met with Salvador Camacho, architect of the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul in Melbourne.

This meeting was held at the request of Salvador, who thus wanted to support Ukraine during the war and to express his support for Ukrainians living in Australia. Jose Herguedas, who wrote an autobiography of Salvador Camacho, and Deacon Michael Zylan, Chancellor of the Melbourne Eparchy, also took part in the event.

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Bishop Mykola expressed his gratitude to Salvador for implementing a unique project to build a cathedral for Ukrainians, which has become a second home for many. The Hierarch also thanked the architect for supporting the Ukrainian people during the terrible war in Ukraine.

It is worth noting that the 94-year-old architect had an unique opportunity to meet with three hierarchs of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Australia: Bishop Ivan Prasko, first Hierarch of the Melbourne Eparchy, Bishop Petro Stasiuk, Bishop Emeritus of the Melbourne Eparchy and Bishop Mykola Bychok, Eparch of Melbourne.

Brief information:

On the 18 October 1958, the area for the building of the church was consecrated by Metropolitan Maksym Germanyuk, Archbishop Ivan Buchko, Bishop Isidore Borecky and Fr. Dr. Ivan Prasko.

In July 1960, the building company “Smith & Tracey” was invited to develop plans to build the cathedral. At this time, Salvador Camacho, architect of the Melbourne Cathedral, began work.

On the 14 April 1963, at Easter, the newly built cathedral was blessed by Bishop Ivan Prasko, Exarch of Melbourne.

On the 3 December 1967, the consecration of the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul in Melbourne was carried out by Bishop Ivan Prasko, Exarch of Melbourne.

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