Saturday March 9th marked the 20th anniversary of the Episcopal consecration of our tireless pastor and father His Grace Bishop Peter. On this memorable occasion, we wish his grace God’s blessing, good health and thank him for his tireless work for the glory of God and the good of our Church and our Eparchy. We wish His Grace many happy years!
Bishop Peter’s biography: born in Roblin (Manitoba, Canada) on July 16, 1943 into a farming family. After completion of his schooling he entered the college of St. Vladimir’s (minor seminary of Redemptorist order) which he completed at the end of 1960 . In the same year he entered the Redemptorist novitiate. On August 28, 1962 he made his first vows followed by his permanent vows on August 28th, 1965. He concluded Theological education in the University of St. Paul, where in 1967 he received a diploma BTH and S.T.B. In addition, he studied the French and Ukrainian languages at the Taras Shevchenko University in Ottawa (Canada) and Tours (France). He was ordained to the priesthood on July 2, 1967 in the Church of St. Joseph in Winnipeg (Manitoba) by Metropolitan Maxim Hermaniuk C.Ss.R.
1967 – 1975 – Parish priest in the parish of Holy Redeemer, Roblin (Manitoba). At the same time he served as prefect and teacher at the College of St. Vladimir’s.
1975 – 1978 – Sacred Heart parish vicar in Ituna (Saskatchewan).
1978 – 1981 – pastor of Holy Eucharist in Toronto.
1981 – 1993 – served as director of the College of Saint Vladimir’s.
On March 9th, 1993 he was consecrated bishop by Metropolitan Maxim Hermaniuk C.SS.R.and on May 2, 1993 enthroned in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Melbourne. He founded the Youth for Christ movement in Australia and is a member of the Ecumenical Committee and secretary of the immigration committee of the Australian Bishops’ Conference. Currently he is a member of the Pastoral Life Committee Conference. He also heads the Catechetical Commission of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, which recently published a very important and very needed Catechism of the Ukrainian Catholic Church “Christ – our Pasha.” He is the Bishop Promotor for the Apostleship of the Sea in Australia and has been given a similar responsibility in the Ukrainian Catholic Church worldwide.
In 2009, he received the Order of Australia award (AM) for his work within the Catholic Church in Australia.
He also writes a regular column for the Ukrainian newspaper “Church and Life”.
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