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About 20 priests, deacons and sisters attended the meetings
About 20 priests, deacons and sisters attended the meetings

Eparchy hold clergy conference in Pallotti College

The Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Ss Peter and Paul held its annual Soborchyk at Pallotti College in Millgrove, Victoria. All parishes were represented. About 20 priests, deacons and sisters attended the meetings which were held 13-14th June 2019.

Many day-to-day administrative matters were discussed.

Some important decisions were agreed upon.

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Fr. Andriy Mykytyuk was asked to head a committee which would examine the development of English Liturgical singing in our Eparchy. He was asked to present a pastoral plan which would improve participation of our faithful particularly during the celebration of English Liturgies. More frequent use of hymns and the leadership of cantors and choirs in our Eparchy are seen as a necessity.

Very Rev. Taras Gorpynyak was appointed as a consultor of the Eparchy.

At the request of His Beatitude, Sviatoslav Shevchuk, those present discussed the unity of our church in all parts of the world that it is now present in. There are about 20 million people outside Ukraine today. Our Patriarch wants to know how our church can continue to live as one united church despite the fact that it exists in many different cultures and countries.

It was announced that Fr. Iurii Tychenok and his family will probably arrive soon from Prince George, British Columbia, Canada, to take on the pastoral role in Geelong.

The conference also examined the effects of “clericalism” in the church today. A more Christ centred approach to the priestly ministers was examined along with a plan to focus on our mission to introduce the Kingdom of God.

Sr. Maria Moravski SSMI offered to train 5 or 6 new Catechists in Victoria within the next year. Religious education is a priority of the church.

It was announced that Fr. Iurii Tychenok and his family will probably arrive soon from Prince George, British Columbia, Canada, to take on the pastoral role in Geelong.

Fr. Martin Arnold presently in our Brisbane parish will be moved to North Melbourne to help out in the Cathedral parish.

The very important ministry of Biblical Studies and “Lectio Divina: was examined again. Our parishes are encouraged to actively develop their apostolate.

Our Eparchy is participating in the upcoming Plenary Council which is being held in Australia. We will send delegates to the Council.

The National Redress System in Australia was discussed. The clergy of the Eparchy approved its acceptance by our church.

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