To the Priests, Deacons, Sisters and Faithful of the Eparchy of Sts. Peter and Paul

Слава Ісусу Христу!

“And I will give you pastors according to my own heart who will feed you with knowledge and understanding Jeremiah 3:15

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This morning, we in Australia awoke to the sad news that our beloved Patriarch Emeritus Lubomyr Cardinal Husar reposed in the Lord in the 85th year of his Earthly Pilgrimage.

His Beatitude Lubomyr was a giant among men. A leader, a guide, but above all, a pastor who led his flock with knowledge and understanding.

Having led our Church from 2000 till 2011 His Beatitude Lubomyr was responsible for bringing a sense of unity in a church that was still emerging from the struggles of Soviet persecution. His greatest achievement was the transfer of the Patriarchal See from Lviv to Kyiv, the construction of the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Ressurection in Kyiv and the institution of the modern Bishops’ Synodal structure.

He was a moral force in Ukraine and for all Ukrainians throughout the world.

His Beatitude Lubomyr was a committed pastor of souls. After retirement and in declining health he did not hesitate to impart his wisdom. His appearance on the “Maydan” helped unite Ukrainians no matter what their religious affiliation. He was a moral force in Ukraine and for all Ukrainians throughout the world.

In Australia we were privilaged to welcome him twice. The first time as a representative of Patriarch Myroslav Ivan for our 50th Anniversary Celebrations, and then, as our newly elected Patriarch, he came to Australia to celebrate the funeral of his close friend and co-consecrator Bishop Ivan Prasko in 2000.

Let us give thanks to God for the life and work of His Beatitude Lubomyr Cardinal Husar. We pray that Our God and Loving God grant him eternal rest were al the righteous repose.

I ask that Patriarch Lubomyr’s name be added to the Commemorations during our Pentecost Panachyda for those who have died in the defence of Ukraine. I also ask that a Divine Liturgy be celebrated in all our Churches on Monday 5th June, on the day of this funeral in Kyiv if possible.

May the memory of Patriarch Lubomyr be forever eternal.

The Blessing of the Lord be upon you.

+ Peter Stasiuk C.Ss.R.AM

Eparch for Ukrainian Catholic in

Australia, New Zealand and Oceania