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Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saints Peter and Paul of Melbourne

Eparchy of Saints Peter and Paul of Melbourne (Ukrainian)
Eparchia Sanctorum Petri et Pauli Melburnensis Ucrainorum
Country Australia
Territory Australia, New Zealand and Oceania
Ecclesiastical province Melbourne
Metropolitan Immediately subject to the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Kiev
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2009)
32,500 (n/a%)
Parishes 10
Denomination Ukrainian Catholic
Rite Byzantine
Established 10 May 1958 as
Apostolic Exarchate of Australia;
24 June 1982 as
Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saints Peter and Paul
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Patriarch Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk
Eparch Peter Stasiuk C.SS.R.
Ukrainian Catholic Church: Australia,New Zealand and Oceania

The Ukrainian (Greek) Catholic Eparchy of Saints Peter and Paul of Melbourne is a Byzantine Rite Eastern Catholic eparchy (diocese) of the Catholic Church in Australia based in Melbourne and suffragan of its Latin Metropolitan Archbishop.


  • Status and jurisdiction 1
  • History 2
  • Parishes 3
    • Australia 3.1
    • New Zealand 3.2
  • Ordinaries 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Status and jurisdiction

Like all Catholic dioceses in Australia, the eparchy is a member of the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference. The Roman Catholic Church is made up of the Latin or Western Catholic church and 21 Eastern Catholic churches, one of which is the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. The eparchy is non-geographic, but demographic in that it has jurisdiction wherever Ukrainian Greeks are found in Australia, New Zealand and throughout Oceania. It has 21 churches and more schools, nursing homes and other institutions in Australia and New Zealand.

The Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, in North Melbourne, Victoria, is the seat of the eparch, currently Petro Stasiuk CSSR.


The (Oriental) eparchy was created on 10 May 1958 as the Apostolic Exarchate of Australia, for the faithful of the Ukrainian language Byzantine Rite, then exempt. It cased to depend directly on the Holy See after it was elevated to an eparchy (diocese) on 24 June 1982 and made a suffragan in the ecclesiastical province of the Metropolitan (Latin) Archbishop of Melbourne.



New Zealand

Church services are held in Christchurch (St Peter’s Church); in Wellington (Sacred Heart Cathedral chapel); and in Auckland (Mother of Perpetual Help Church).


The following individuals have been appointed Apostlic Exarch and/or elected as Ukrainian Eparch of Saints Peter and Paul of Melbourne:[1]

Order Name Title Date enthroned Reign ended Term of office Reason for term end
1 Ivan PraskoRedemptorists Apostolic Exarch of Australia (Ukrainian) 10 May 1958 24 June 1982 24 years, 45 days Elevated as Bishop of Ss Peter & Paul of Melbourne
Eparch (Bishop) of Ss Peter & Paul of Melbourne (Ukrainian), titular bishop of Zygris 24 June 1982 16 December 1992 10 years, 175 days Retired and appointed Bishop Emeritus of Ss Peter & Paul of Melbourne
2 Peter Stasiuk C.Ss.R. Eparch of Ss Peter & Paul of Melbourne 16 December 1992 present 23 years, 186 days n/a

See also


  1. ^ "Eparchy of Saints Peter and Paul of Melbourne (Ukrainian)". The Hierarchy of the Catholic Church. 1 March 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 

External links

  • Ukrainian Catholic Church in Australian, New Zealand and Oceania
  • GigaCatholic
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