Wherever Christ calls us to is best, Bishop Mykola Bychok flew to Australia

Tuesday, 25 May 2021, 14:46
On May 24, 2021, after almost a year of waiting, Bishop Mykola Bychok flew from Kyiv to Australia to serve for our faithful in the Eparchy of the Supreme Apostles Peter and Paul in Australia, New Zealand and Oceania.


Before leaving, Bishop Mykola shared with us his experiences and expectations:

“Looking at the pages of Scripture, Jesus and His disciples were constantly in motion. In the 10th chapter, the evangelist Matthew very clearly states the purpose of the apostles' journey: ‘Go and preach, saying that the kingdom of heaven is near’ (Mt 10: 7). This call of Christ to preach the Kingdom of Heaven was to me like a lamp showing what I should do.

Everyone knows the feeling before departure - joy, sadness, and a certain excitement. On the one hand, there is sadness, because you leave your family, friends, and the country in which you grew up. But on the other hand – joy because I will finally be able to be with my faithful: with another part of Ukraine in faraway Australia. It is there that the Lord sends me to serve, to support, and help one another, and thus to walk together to the Kingdom of Heaven.

I am aware that I have many new tasks and challenges ahead of me. I don't know the country, the laws, the society, etc ... But I know one thing: wherever Christ calls us, will be best for us. I give and entrust to the almighty Lord my ministry."

As we reported, on June 7, 2020, on the Feast of Pentecost, the ordination of the ruling bishop of the Eparchy of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul in Melbourne (Australia) Mykola Bychok for Ukrainians in Australia, New Zealand and Oceania was performed by His Beatitude Sviatoslav.


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