On November 4, the Catholic bishops of the Archdiocese of Melbourne met in Victoria. Due to quarantine restrictions, the meeting was held on the Zoom platform.

There were 10 bishops present, including 2 Eastern bishops: Bishop Mykola Bychok, Eparch of Melbourne and Bishop Bosco Puthur, Eparch of the Syro-Malabar Church; Bishop Julian Porteous, Archbishop of Hobart from Tasmania, was also present.

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The joint program began with a common prayer. Afterwards, Bishop Peter Comensoli, Archbishop of Melbourne, greeted Bishop Mykola Bychok, noting: “The bishop’s journey to Australia was difficult, after all, like many Ukrainians who came to the green continent in the 1950s. We all know that because of the Covid 19 pandemic it was very difficult to obtain the necessary documents to travel to Melbourne. Today we thank God for the presence of Bishop Mykola among us.”

During this meeting, the bishops focused on the state of the seminary and the vocations to the priesthood; analysed the current situation of the church after coming out of several months of lockdown; touched on issues of Catholic schooling and the challenges facing the church; began preparations for the Australian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Bishop Mykola Bychok sincerely thanked everyone for their prayers, words of support and the family atmosphere in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. The meeting ended with a communal prayer.