“Soborchyk” is an Ukrainian word which means a small sobor or assembly. It is a church term which means consultation or discussion.
About 25 priests, deacons, sisters, and wives of clergy along with Bishop Peter and Bishop Ken met in Millgrove, Victoria at Pallotti College. This year’s special guest was Very Rev. Michael Solomko from the Ukrainian Orthodox church.
Four presenters introduced various pastoral topics. Bishop Peter, Bishop Ken, Fr. Simon, and Fr. Brian encouraged the Eparchial clergy to enliven their parishes with new and traditional initiatives.
Bishop Peter asked the clergy of the Eparchy to become very active in eight areas of pastoral life namely – Bible study, adult Catechetical education, Liturgical Catechesis, Catechism of children and First Solemn Holy Communion, youth ministry, icon painting, prayer, and service to others. Bishop Peter noted that there would have to be an emphasis to more pastoral activities in each of our parishes.[AFG_gallery id=’155′]
Bishop Ken explained how our church in the world was working harder to have more vibrant parishes.
Fr. Simon spoke about various policies of the Eparchy towards Child protection, privacy, and professional standards.
Fr. Brian spoke in greater depth about scripture study, prayer, and spirituality.
The meeting committed our deaneries to become more active through better planning. The deans of Brisbane, Sydney, Victoria, South Australia and West Australia promised to call planning meetings with in the next two months to work out the details of the Eparchy’s Pastoral plan.