Church and Life, the Eparchial Newspaper is celebrating its’ 55th anniversary this year. Over the years it has evolved into the newspaper it is today. In this electronic age it will probably change even more.

The eparchial policy over the years is to serve and inform the Ukrainian community in Australia.

It is becoming more evident that local and international development and opinion which affect the Ukrainian community in Australia and New Zealand, both Ukrainian and English languages are important to its readers. It is also important that the younger people in our community have a medium to have their voice heard.

Recently Mr Felix Figurek and Ms. Mariana Davydovska took over as editors of the Ukrainian section.

After a number of years as English editor, Mr Symon Kohut has resigned. In a letter of thanks and acknowledgment of his contribution to Church and Life Bishop Peter said, “ As you prepare your last edition of the English section of Church and Life, I would like to assure your that I have always stood in awe of the work and leadership you have produced over the years not only as editor of Church and Life but in your work with choirs and youth leadership.”

Mrs Theresa Sickert has been hired to replace Symon.

Theresa Sickert holds a Masters in Teaching, a Bachelor Degree in Media and Communication and Public Relations and a Diploma in Performing Arts. She currently works as a communications and media manager at Community Languages Australia and as a primary school teacher. She previously worked at Slattery Media Group, where she liaised closely with the AFL, Tennis Australia and other sporting organizations. Theresa is member of CYM, the Ukrainian Catholic Parish in Melbourne and a member of the Association of Ukrainians in Victoria. She is a keen Essendon supporter and a runner.

The Eparchy is very happy to welcome Theresa to the newspaper.

Bishop Peter stated, “The newspaper needs to find correspondents in every parish. There are many young journalism students who might be looking for a place to practice their trade.”

“It is time to communicate with potential readers to hear what it is that they want in their paper.” He added.

Ms Tatyana Lawriwsky remains as a journalist and associate editor of Church and Life. Till now and into the future she will continue to produce a section in the English part of the paper.

Church and Life is also proud to announce that it now has a correspondent in New Zealand. Ms Olha Bilous who lives in Auckland and reports to the Ukrainian section of the paper.