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.

Brother Roman

Brother Roman Kobyletskyy

Brother Roman Kobyletskyy is the Pastoral Intern at St. Josaphat's Cathedral. Seven years ago he came to Canada from Lviv, Ukraine. He studied theology in Ukraine for 6 years. After coming to Canada, he did a theology update in St. Paul University for a year and also studied English. He is married to Erica Kobyletskyy and looks forward to helping serve the parish community.   

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. William Hupalo (Vicar General and Rector Emeritus)
  • Rt. Rev. Fr. Michael Kowalchyk (Rector and Chancellor Emeritus)
  • Very Rev. Fr. Stephen Wochichowsky (Chancellor)
  • Rev. Jim Nakonechny

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

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  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,


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