† Eternal Memory of Fr Mitr. Zenon Chorkavyj


The National Executive of CYM Australia expresses sympathy with the passing of Fr. Mitr. Zenon Khorkavyj.

Fr Zenon – one of the oldest priests of the Ukrainian Catholic diocese. An icon painter, collector of Ukrainian antiquities, icons, embroidery, pysankas, ceramics and much more.

Father Zenon was born on 5th of April 1936 in Ukraine in the village of Rakovets, Ternopil region. He endured the struggles of the Second World War as his childhood was in this turbulent time. After the war, he spent time in the refugee camps of Germany. Later, the family of Father Zenon – parents Wasyl and Rozalia and three brothers moved to Australia where they first resided in various refugee camps before settling in Melbourne.

Father Zenon served Vladyka Ivan Prashko, who sent him to the theological studios to Rome. He first studied at the Lesser Seminary, and then at St. Seminary. Yosofat on Gianicolo.

All these experiences prepared Fr Zenon to his pastoral work and interest in iconography – icon painting and love for sacral and folk art.

May the Lord God receive his immortal soul to the kingdom of heaven, and here on earth will remain his eternal memory!


Funeral arrangements for Rt. Rev. Mitrat Zenon Chorkawyj

Monday, 26th March 2018 6:00 p.m. Geelong

Tuesday, 27th March 2018 6:00 p.m. Ardeer

Wednesday, 28th March 2018 10:00 a.m. Cathedral North Melbourne

Internment: Altona Cemetery


Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. Zenon Chorkawyj.

If anyone desires, instead of flowers, a donation for the future development of Fr. Zenon’s favourite charity-the Arts and Crafts Museum in North Melbourne would be appreciated.