MYKOLA LUCHOK ОP
Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Mukachevo
Mykola Luchok was born on the 26-th of March, 1974 in Transcarpathia, Mukachevo.
In 1994 he joined the Dominican Order. Most of his philosophical and theological studies he completed at the Major Theological Seminary in Krakow, Poland, but he spent two years in Kosice and in Warsaw as well.
On June 24, 2003, he was ordained as priest by bishop Antal Majnek at the cathedral in Mukachevo.
Between 2003-2010 he served in Saint Petersburg at the Parish of St. Catherine of Alexandria, where besides doing pastoral activity at the parish he aslo served as a youth pastor.
Between 2005-2008 he completed a course called “Helping Children in Alcoholic Families”, and conducted studies on psychological help for people who are addicted to alcohol and drugs („Caritas of Saint Petersburg”).
Between 2010-2016 he dealt with students and young people at the pastoral center of the Dominicans in Lviv.
Between 2011-2013 he completed studies organized for seminary educators at the Salvatorian Formation Center in Krakow.
Between 2013-2015 he completed studies and received a basic counseling qualification in the field of Positive Psychotherapy.
Between 2017-2019 he completed a course called “School for Individual and Group Counseling and Family Counseling”.
Between 2016-2018 he served in Khmelnytskyi at the Parish of Christ the King.
Since 2018 he was the superior of the community in Lviv, administrator of the Dominican Pastoral Center, the spiritual leader of the dean district of Lviv.
Two of his books have been published, he held numerous sermons at the Ukrainian-language broadcasts of Radio Maria, which can be found in the radio archives.
On November 11, 2019, he was appointed by Pope Francis as the first Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Mukachevo.
On December 10, 2019, he was consecrated in the Cathedral of St. Martin of Tours in Mukachevo.
His episcopal motto:
ANTAL MAJNEK ОFМ
Antal Majnek was born on 18 November, 1951 in Budapest. Having graduated from the Technological University in Budapest and having received the diploma of electrical engineer, he entered the Hungarian province of the Smaller Brothers’ religious order named after Kapistran St. Janosh. This order was founded by Assisi St. Ferenc. He studied theology at the theological seminary in Estergom and Budapest. On 15 September, 1981 he took a monastic eternal oath. On 17 April, 1982 he was ordained in Budapest. After that he taught phisycs, technics and religious education at the Franciscan High School in Sentendre.
In July, 1989 ater the change of regime Antal Majnek came to Transcarpathia together with his two franciscan fellow workers to serve the Hungarian believers. He served as a vicar of Hust in the regions of Hust and Tyachiv. Besides, beginning from 1993 he carried out his duty as a vicar of the Trancarpathian Hungarian believers.
On 9 December, 1995 pope Janosh Pal II named Antal Majnek as a febian titular bishop, and the Trancarpathian Apostolic Governorship named him as an assistant bishop. Beginning from 17 December he became the vicar-general. The ceremony of confering a mitre upon Antal Majnek took place on 6 January, 1996 in Rome, which was carried out by the pope Janosh Pal II. From that time onward he was fulfilling his duties as the Transcarpathian assistant bishop of the Kyiv nuncio Antonio Franco. On 7 October, 1997 the pope Janosh Pal II named Antal Majnek as the diocesan bishop of the Transcarpathian Apostolic Governorship. On 27 March 2002 he was named as the first diocesan bishop of the Roman-Catholic Diocese of Mukachevo.
His ceremonial inauguration took place on 27 September, 2002 at the Cathedral of Tours St. Marton in Mukachevo. The ceremony of inauguration was carried out by the cardinal archbishop Marian Jaworski and by nuncio Nicola Eterovic.
The bishop is responsible for the matters of the Ukrainian Roman Catholic Episcopal Conference which are connected with migration and environmental protection.
His episcopal motto:
DOMINUS FORTITUDO MEA
God is my strength