Bishop Mykola Bychok Enthroned as New Bishop of Australia and New Zealand
On July 12, 2021, in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Melbourne the enthronement of Bishop Mykola Bychok took place.
Pontifical Divine Liturgy was led by Bishop Petro Stasiuk, the Bishop Emeritus of the Melbourne Eparchy of the UGCC. His Eminence Peter Comensoli, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne, performed the ceremony of enthronement.
An interesting relic, which Bishop Mykola Bychok brought from Newark (NJ) to Australia was a wooden cross donated in the 1960s by Ukrainians of Australia to Archbishop Ambrose Senyshyn when he visited their communities. This cross was preserved by Bishop Emeritus Basil Losten, who handed it to Bishop Mykola Bychok.
Bishop Mykola noted: “This is an important sign: Metropolitan Ambrose once received this cross from the faithful here in Melbourne, and 60 years later this cross returned to Australia with the third bishop. This is an incredible sign that will accompany me in my service to our faithful in Australia.”
Bishop Mykola said that the faithful and the priests of the UGCC accepted his appointment and arrival as another gesture of unity with Ukraine. Interestingly, he as well as the two previous bishops of the UGCC in Australia—Bishops Ivan Prasko and Petro Stasiuk—have roots in the Ternopil region. In 1958, the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Australia was formed, and its cathedral consecrated 58 years ago.