Papal Appointments

The following appointments and resignations were announced by the Holy Father Pope Francis, Wednesday, January 15, 2020.

Resignation of bishop of the Eparchy of Saints Peter and Paul of Melbourne of the Ukrainians, Australia, and appointment of successor

Appointment of bishop of the Eparchy of the Holy Family of London of the Ukrainians, Great Britain

Appointment of apostolic administrator of the Eparchy of New Westminster of the Ukrainians, Canada

Resignation of bishop of the Eparchy of Saints Peter and Paul of Melbourne of the Ukrainians, Australia, and appointment of successor
The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the eparchy of Saints Peter and Paul of Melbourne of the Ukrainians, Australia, presented by Archbishop Peter Stasiuk, C.S.R.
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Bishop Peter Stasiuk, C.Ss.R. born 16 July 1943 in Roblin, Manitoba, Canada is a Canadian-born Australian Ukrainian Greek Catholic hierarch. He served as the second Eparchial Bishop of Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saints Peter and Paul of Melbourne from 16 December 1992 until 15 January 2020.

Bishop Stasiuk was born in the family of ethnical Ukrainian Greek-Catholics in Canada. After the attending of the Eastern Redemptorists minor seminary, he subsequently joined the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer in 1960, where he had a profession in August 28, 1962 and a solemn profession on August 28, 1965. Stasiuk was ordained as a priest on July 2, 1967, after studies at the Saint Paul University in Ottawa, Canada. Then he continued his studies in another Canadian university, University of Ottawa and in France in the François Rabelais University in Tours.
After returning from studies, he had a various pastoral assignments and served as parish assistant, professor, superior and director at the Redemptorists Institutes in Canada.
On December 16, 1992 Fr. Stasiuk was nominated by Pope John Paul II and on March 9, 1993 consecrated to the Episcopate as the second Eparchial Bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saints Peter and Paul of Melbourne. The principal consecrator was Metropolitan Maxim Hermaniuk, the retired Head of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg
The Holy Father has appointed as bishop of the eparchy of Saints Peter and Paul of Melbourne of the Ukrainians the Reverend Mykola Bychok, C.Ss.R, currently parochial vicar of the Saint John the Baptist parish in Newark, U.S.A.

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Reverend Mykola Bychok, C.Ss.R
Father Mykola Bychok, the son of Petro and Hanna, was born February 13, 1980 in the city of Ternopil. He has a younger brother named Paul.
From 1987 until 1997 he studied at school No 14 in the city of Ternopil and upon his graduation he had to make a very important decision in his life: QUO VADIS (where are you going)?
He felt a calling to follow Christ at the age of 15, when he was in 9th grade. The Redemptorist Fathers helped him to recognize his calling because it was at their parish that he regularly attended Liturgy.
Afterwards he was an altar boy and joined the fathers on Missions and retreats at various monasteries. But what had the strongest influence on him was the example of the lives of the Redemptorists and their great zeal in the preaching of God’s Word. His first teacher was Father Mykhajlo Shevchyshyn, a great preacher and missionary. Another of his teachers was Father Volodymyr Vons, thanks to whom he became certain that God was calling him to this congregation.
He entered the monastery on the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, July 12, 1997.
He professed his first vows on August, 1998 in the village of Kokhavyno in the region of Lviv.
In 1998 – 2001 he studied at the Higher Spiritual Institution of blessed Mykolay Charnetsky.
In the years 2001-2004 he studied at the Redemptorist Seminary in Tykhiv, Poland and there defended his master’s thesis on the topic of “Work with youth groups in Greek Catholic parishes in Ukraine.”
August 17, 2003 he professed his final vows.
July 12, 2004 Bishop Michael Hrynchyshyn ordained him deacon at the church of Hieromartyr Josaphat in Lviv.
March-April of 2005 he did his deaconate practice at the mission in the city of Berdiansk in the region of Zaporizhia.
He was ordained a priest by Bishop Ihor Wozniak, CSsR on May 3, 2005 in the city of Lviv.
In 2005-2007 he served as missionary at the parish of the Mother of God of Perpetual Help in Siberia (Russia) in the city of Prokopyevsk.
March 10, 2007 he was assigned pastor of youth in the parish of the Mother of God of Perpetual Help in the city of Ivano-Frankivsk.
From November 1, 2008 – August 1, 2010 he served as the rector of the monastery of St. Joseph and the rector of the parish of the Mother of God of Perpetual Help in the city of Ivano-Frankivsk.
Later he was assigned as treasurer of the Lviv Redemptorist Province and served in this role until December 30, 2014.
From January 31-April 26, 2015 he assisted in monasteries in Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk.
From April 27, 2015 he is serving St. John’s parish in Newark, NJ.
Appointment of bishop of the eparchy of the Holy Family of London of the Ukrainians, Great Britain
The Holy Father has appointed as bishop of the eparchy of the Holy Family of London of the Ukrainians, Great Britain, Bishop Kenneth Anthony Adam Nowakowski, transferring him from the eparchy of New Westminster of Ukrainians (Canada).

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Bishop Kenneth Anthony Adam Nowakowski
Bishop Ken Nowakowski, was born on May 16, 1958, in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, the second of three sons of Stanley and Roma (nee Ryhorchuk). He attended elementary school in Battleford and high school in North Battleford.

Fr. Nowakowski held several secular positions in the private and government sector prior to entering the formation program at the Redeemer House of Studies in Toronto, graduating from St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto in 1984 with a Bachelor of Religious Studies and Philosophy. He was sent to St. Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Pontifical College in Rome and received his Bachelor of Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in 1989. He was ordained a priest by Bishop Basil Filevich, of blessed memory for the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon on August 19, 1989, in St. George’s Cathedral in Saskatoon.

Fr. Nowakowski returned to Rome the autumn of 1989 for further studies in Eastern Canon Law. In response to a growing refugee presence in Italy, Fr. Nowakowski founded and directed the Ukrainian Catholic Refugee Office. In June of 1990 he was appointed vice chancellor and chief of staff to His Beatitude Myroslav Ivan Cardinal Lubachivsky, Father and Head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church and Major Archbishop of Lviv of the Ukrainians.

In July of 1991, His Beatitude Myroslav Ivan ended his exile, returned to his Archiepiscopal See in Lviv, Ukraine, and appointed Fr. Nowakowski his chief of staff in Lviv. Fr. Nowakowski held that position until 1995. He also served as vice-rector of Holy Spirit Seminary in Lviv 1991-1992. In 1994 he was instrumental in founding the Ukrainian Catholic Church’s official charitable organization, Caritas Ukraine, and was its president until 2001. As president of Caritas Ukraine he oversaw its charitable works, including the Metropolitan Andrew Sheptytsky Hospital, the development of home- care projects, and the establishment of the eparchial branches of Caritas Ukraine.

During the visit of His Holiness John Paul II to Ukraine in June 2001, Fr. Nowakowski was the Director of the Press Office of the Catholic Churches in Ukraine.

Fr. Nowakowski was appointed rector of Holy Spirit Ukrainian Catholic Seminary in Ottawa in November 2001. In October 2002 he was also appointed Press Officer/Spokesperson of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada. During the 2002 World Youth Day in Canada he served as the Vatican Accredited Media Personnel Liaison and Assistant to Mr. Vic van Brantagem of the Press Office of the Holy See. During his tenure as rector he provided pastoral assistance to his own Eparchy of Saskatoon as well as other Ukrainian Catholic Eparchies in Canada in the summer months.

Fr. Nowakowski was a member of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Adult Catechesis.

In July of 2006, Fr. Nowakowski was appointed Chancellor of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon.

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI announced the appointment of Fr. Ken Nowakowski as Third Eparch of New Westminster for Ukrainian Catholics in British Columbia and the Yukon on June 1st 2007. Bishop Ken was ordained a bishop by Most Rev. Lawrence Huculak OSBM, Metropolitan for Ukrainian Catholics in Canada and Archbishop of Winnipeg, Most Rev. Severian Yakymyshyn OSBM, Bishop Emeritus of New Westminster and Most Rev. Peter Stasiuk CSsR, Bishop of Ss. Peter & Paul Eparchy for Ukrainian Catholics in Australia and New Zealand on July 24, 2007 at St. Mary’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Vancouver.
Appointment of apostolic administrator of the eparchy of New Westminster of the Ukrainians, Canada
The Holy Father has appointed as apostolic administrator of the eparchy of New Westminster of the Ukrainians, Canada, Bishop David Motiuk of the eparchy of Edmonton of the Ukrainians.

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Bishop David Motiuk
Most Reverend David Motiuk was born on January 13, 1962 in Vegreville, Alberta, the son of John and Olga (nee Sawchuk).

In the 1980s, he specialized in computer science and business applications at the University of Alberta.

In 1984, he began his seminary studies at Holy Spirit Seminary in Ottawa, graduating from Saint Paul University with a Bachelor Degree in Theology (1987) and a Masters and Licentiate in Canon Law (1989). He was ordained to the priesthood on August 21, 1988.

From 1989 to 1993, he served as pastor of Descent of the Holy Spirit Parish in Darling, Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Drayton Valley, and Descent of the Holy Spirit Parish in Edson. He was assistant pastor at St. Josaphat Cathedral in Edmonton from 1994 to 1996.

He was Chancellor and Judicial Vicar of the Eparchy of Edmonton from 1989 to 1993, Finance Officer for the Eparchy from 1990 to 1993 and 1994 to 1996, Associate Judicial Vicar from 1993 to 1996, and a member of its College of Consultors from 1989 to 1996 and again in 2002. He was a member of the Senate of Newman Theological College in Edmonton from 1994 to 1996.

In 1996, he defended his doctoral dissertation, “The Particular Law of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada,” and was awarded a Doctorate in Canon Law from the Pontifical Institute of Eastern Studies in Rome.

He was in charge of the formation of future priests for the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada at Holy Spirit Seminary in Ottawa from 1996-2001. At the same time, he taught at the Faculties of Theology and Canon Law at Saint Paul University and the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute. From 1997 to 2002 he was a Consultor for the Episcopal Commission for Canon Law/Inter-Rite for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. Since 2002 he has been a Consultor for the Episcopal Commission for Theology.

In 2002 he became the founding pastor of St. Sophia Parish in Sherwood Park.

Following his episcopal ordination on June 11, 2002, he served as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archeparchy of Winnipeg. As Auxiliary Bishop he was Protosyncellus (Vicar General) of the Archeparchy.

On January 25, 2007, he was appointed Bishop of the Eparchy of Edmonton and was enthroned on March 24, 2007 at St. Basil Church in Edmonton.

Bishop David Motiuk is a member of the Society for the Law of the Eastern Churches, the Canadian Canon Law Society and the Canon Law Societies of America, Great Britain and Ireland, and Australia and New Zealand.

Publications
“Budka, Nicetas,” in M. Glazier and M. Hellwig, eds., The Modern Catholic Encyclopedia, Collegeville, MN, Liturgical Press, 1994, p. 100.
“Canon 1071: Latin Tribunal Handling Marriage Case Involving Two Eastern Catholics,” in Roman Replies and CLSA Advisory Opinions 2003, Canon Law Society of America, Washington, 2003, pp. 125-131.
“Catholic and Orthodox Issues in Ukraine,” CLSA Proceedings, 59 (1997), pp. 204-222.
“The Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches: Some Ten Years Later,” Studia canonica, 36 (2002), pp. 198-224
“The Education and Formation of Clergy,” Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies, (Special issue to publish the Acts of the Encounter of the Eastern Catholic Churches of the Americas and Oceania, Boston, November 7-12, 1999), 40 (1999), pp. 233-296
Eastern Catholics in the New World: An Historical and Canonical Study of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Canada, Ottawa, Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies and Faculty of Canon Law, 2005, xi, 424 pp.

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