This memorable day commenced with a Moleben to Christ- Lover of Mankind celebrated by Bishop Mykola Bychok together with Fr Peter Struk, priest of the Cathedral parish of Sts. Peter and Paul, Fr Andriy Mykytyuk, administrator of the parish of the Dormition of the Mother of God in Ardeer and Fr. Ihor Holovko, administrator of the parish of St. John the Baptist in Perth.

Bishop Mykola spoke these words to the people who were present: “The heart of a person is the symbol of love and warmth. Today the Lord teaches us how our heart should be. Due to the efforts of our pioneers, we have the opportunity to pray in our magnificent churches and to meet in our Ukrainian halls. Therefore, a great thank you to all for the immeasurable achievement for the good of our church and our nation by people in the diaspora. I also entrust myself to your heartfelt prayers in my episcopal ministry. May the Most Blessed Mother of God enfold you all with her protection.”

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On behalf of the club for elderly citizens, Tekla Jaworski welcomed Bishop Mykola with the traditional welcome of bread and salt. After the words of welcome, the people attending had the opportunity to ask questions and to receive answers from the hierarch. In turn after this, Bishop Peter, who was also welcomed by Tekla Jaworski, expressed his gratitude to everyone for their cooperation and support over many years as Eparch and of the close union between the Church and the Ukrainian community.

The event culminated in a festive dinner where all had the opportunity to learn about the activities of the group and to marvel at the unbelievable stories of the first arrivals on the Australian continent.