The Right Rev. Bishop Hlib Lonchyna of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of the Holy Family of London hosted the annual meeting of the Eastern Catholic Bishops in Europe convened on October 26. In London, the assembled bishops and clergy commemorated the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Ukrainian Catholic Exarchate/Eparchy. 

The bishops of the continent’s Eastern Catholic Churches discussed “Kerygma – Catechesis – Mystagogy” -- the proclamation of the gospel of Christ, its deepening and its celebration. The theme was chosen in light of the migration of many Eastern Catholics to regions and countries of different Christian traditions or denominations. The Eastern Catholic Churches have been trying to respond to those challenges through the re-discovery of elements proper to their Eastern tradition.

The Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, the Most Reverend Edward Joseph Adams conveyed Papal greetings and blessings for the conference. Also in attendance at the opening ceremony was the Right Reverend Paul McAleenan, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster who, on behalf of His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols, welcomed the representatives of 12 Eastern Catholic Churches in Europe attending the annual meeting. The Opening Ceremony also included a presentation about the history of Eparchy.

Among those attending was Auxiliary Bishop Milan Lach of Presov, Slovakia. Earlier this year, he was appointed Apostolic Administrator of the Byzantine Catholic eparchy of Parma, Ohio.

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