More than a thousand people gathered at St Patrick's Cathedral on Ash Wednesday, as Bishop Mykola Bychok CSsR, head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church of Australia, joined Archbishop Peter Comensoli for a Mass specially dedicated to praying for peace in Ukraine. Bishop Mykola expressed gratitude for the community's ongoing prayers and urged everyone to ‘remember Ukraine and her people this Lent‘.
Later that evening, the bishops of Victoria joined Bishop Mykola at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral in North Melbourne for a special liturgical service to Our Lady Mother of God, where Bishop Terry Curtin preached the homily.
Pope Francis has continued to condemn the war and seek ways of facilitating dialogue between the two countries. He's not the only pontiff to have sought peace in troubled times, as we explore in this piece on popes and wars.
Sadly Fr Kevin Mogg AM passed away last Saturday, just shy of his 90th birthday. Fr Kevin was an outstanding leader and pastor in our community for more than 65 years, founding Catholic Social Services Victoria (CSSV). Last Sunday two seminarians were officially accepted as candidates to the priesthood for Melbourne and on Tuesday Project Compassion was officially launched at Mercy College Coburg. Plenary Council Members have also begun to reflect on proposals from the First Assembly, which will shape their next gathering in July.