Diocese of Australia and New Zealand (ROCOR)

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Diocese of Australia and New Zealand (ROCOR)
Jurisdiction ROCOR
Diocese type Diocese
Founded by 1948
Current bishop Metr. Hilarion
See(s) Sydney
Headquarters Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Territory Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Indonesia
Liturgical language(s) Slavonic, English, Indonesian, Korean
Musical tradition Russian Chant
Calendar Julian
Population estimate 158,506

(Census 2001)

Official website Diocese of Aust. & NZ
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The Diocese of Sydney, Australia and New Zealand, headquartered in Sydney, is a diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. Its current primate is His Eminence Hilarion (Kapral), both First Hierarch of ROCOR and Archbishop of Sydney, Australia and New Zealand, and from October 2014 it is administered by His Grace George (Schaefer), Bishop of Canberra.

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History

  • The first Russian parish established in Australia and New Zealand was St. Nicholas Church (now Cathedral), Brisbane, in 1926.
  • The first ROCOR bishop of Australia and New Zealand was Bp Theodore (Rafalsky), 1948-55.

Organisation

The Diocese of Australia and New Zealand is a diocese within the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. Within the diocese, of which Metropolitan Hilarion is currently the head and sole bishop, there are various deans who are in charge of one or more geographic areas. There are approx. 62 parishes, missions and communities in the diocese, including 17 monasteries and sketes: with 28 parishes and missions across Australia, 26 in Indonesia, 4 in New Zealand, one parish & skete in South Korea, and one parish each in Pakistan and India.

The Diocese of Australia and New Zealand of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia was a founding member of SCCOCA, but later departed.

The Episcopacy

Bishops

  • Metropolitan Hilarion (Kapral) of New York and Eastern America, Archbishop of Sydney, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Bishop George (Schaefer), appointed to be Bishop of Canberra, Vicar Bishop of the Diocese of Australia and New Zealand.

Within this structure are a number of Deaneries, which - given the size of the diocese - are important in the running of the Diocese:

Hierarchs in Australia

Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of ROCOR, Archbishop of Sydney, Australia & New Zealand

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