Clergy and Staff

His Excellency, David Motiuk, Eparch of the Edmonton

Bishop David Motiuk

Born in Vegreville in 1962, Most Reverend David Motiuk has served as Bishop of the Eparchy of Edmonton since 2007. Previously, he has served at Descent of the Holy Spirit Parish in Darling, Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Drayton Valley, Descent of the Holy Spirit Parish in Edson, and St. Sophia’s Parish in Sherwood Park. For more information on our Bishop, visit;

Father Peter Babej

Fr. Peter Babej was born and raised in Toronto. After completing a Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Toronto, he entered Holy Spirit Seminary in Ottawa, where he completed the Bachelor of Theology program. Fr. Peter was an ordained priest by Metropolitan Volodymyr Sterniuk in Liv, Ukraine, in 1994. He has served at St. Demetrius Church in Etobicoke (5 years), Holy Eucharist Church in East Toronto (9 years), and St. Stephen’s Church in Calgary (5 years). Fr. Peter has served at St. Josaphat Cathedral since August 1st, 2013.

Father Terry

LCol & Rev. Fr. Terry Cherwick

Father Terry has served 26 years in the military and is a chaplain in the Third Canadian Division. He's responsible for the chaplains from Thunder Bay to Victoria. Fr. Terry was a pioneer being one of the first to attend the Holy Spirit Seminary. He's been at St. Josaphat's for 5 years and is married with five children.

Subdeacon Dwain

Subdeacon Dwain

Subdeacon Dwain LaFlamme was ordained on June 3 2018 at Holy Eucharist Church and served several years as lector. He currently serves as St. Josaphat’s subdeacon on the Saturday Divine Liturgies since he was ordained. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ottawa with a concentration in Religious studies, Bachelor of Education from Concordia, and Master of Divinity from Newman Theological College. 

Parish Clergy Members

  • Rt. Rev. Fr. Michael Kowalchyk (Retired)
  • Fr. Mykhaylo Bohun (Assistant Priest) 

Lectors and Assistants

  • Edward Hecker (Director)
  • Michael Pecuh
  • Eugene Dejneka
  • Gregory Warwa
  • Gregory Balko
  • Nicholas Doblanko
  • Zenon Wojnowskyj


  • Office Manager Leona Prokop, Andrea Szabo, Anna Krupa
  • Choir Director – Denise Lucyshyn
  • Cantors – Denise Lucyshyn, Dr. Melanie Turgeon, Barbara Shipman, Andrew Wojchichowsky, Andrea Leader, Lada Tesla-Cherwick, Beth Cooper-Danko, Solomiia Savaryn, Julian Savaryn
  • Custodian – Maria Varshavska
  • Hall Manager – Jenny Malanchuk
  • Hall Cook – Roma Stephaniuk
  • Hall Custodian – Michael Sorochuk

5 thoughts on “Clergy and Staff

  1. Hello father Cherwick,

    I am interested in the icon writing workshop that you will be coordinating this spring/summer. Can you you email me regarding the workshop? I would like to get some additional information. As I am from Thunder Bay, I would be in need of accommodation.

    Many Blessings,


  2. Thank you so very much for enabling spiritual nourishment and blessings to flow into our homes and hearts throughout these times. It is truly an extraordinary gift to be able to be and celebrate with all of you. Blessings. Suzette

  3. Your Excellency Bishop David, Fr. Peter, Fr. Terry, Brother Roman, and Choir Members, thank you for the beautiful and spiritual uplifting Easter Sunday Matins and Divine Liturgy celebration held today. Zonia and I participated in bith the 7:00 am and 10:am services. Thank you for having arranged for them to be broadcast live through Telus Optix TV. During these uncertain times the fact that we were still able to participate in the various Easter services has given us the courage and frame of mind to fight the good battle against the COVID-19 Virus. God Bless, Xhristos Voskras! Indeed He has risen! Zonia and Eugene Kulmatycki, Red Deer, AB

  4. Thank you so very much for having arranged the broadcast live through Telus Optix Tv. Appreciated to be able to participate in various Holy week /Easter services., during this stessful times of the COVID-10 virus.and not being able to attend our church in live. I have many friends were so saddened that they didn’t have streaming through Shaw as well…..maybe a good thought would be to have Telus and Shaw do live streaming.. Just an idea… Xhristos Voskras!

  5. In 2019 my son and I were admiring the architecture, when Father Roman (then Brother) offered to open the Cathedral for us. What a beautiful, beautiful space. With Fr. Roman’s gentle, passionate and informative guidance we had a truly spiritual experience. My son was an atheist but has found God and been able to survive family trauma. Was this visit the start of his Road to Damascus? Blessings to you all from South Africa.
    My son

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