Australian jurisdictions without a local bishop

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This article seeks to serve as a catch-all point for the jurisdictions in Australia who are small enough to not warrant a resident bishop - the Bulgarian Orthodox Diocese, the Moscow Patriarchal parishes, the former Orthodox Church in America parishes and the Polish Orthodox parish.


Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese in the USA, Canada and Australia

  • Number of Parishes: Three in Australia.
  • Hierarch: Metropolitan Joseph of the USA, Canada and Australia.
  • Began: First parish in 1950.
  1. Sydney: St John of Rila Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Church. [1][2]
  2. Melbourne: Sts Cyril and Methodius Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Church. [3]
  3. Adelaide: St Petka Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Church. [4]

Moscow Patriarchate in Australia

  • Number of Parishes: Three in Australia.
  • Hierarch: Bishop Mark of Yegoryevsk, Head of Special Secretariat of the Patriarchal Chancellery for Administration of Patriarchal Establishments Outside the Patriarchal Territories.[1]
  • Began: First parish in 1988.
  1. Sydney: Holy Protection Orthodox Church, Blacktown. Established 1988. [5]
  2. Melbourne: Russian Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, Collingwood. Established 1989. [6]
  3. Newcastle: Parish of the Theophany, Mayfield West. Established 1996, since closed (c.2010)

Orthodox Church in America - Parishes in Australia

main article: Parishes in Australia (OCA)

  • Number of Parishes: Three (at peak), now none.
  • Began: 1971, in ROCOR schism.
  • Ended: 2011.

Polish Orthodox Church in Australia

  • Number of Parishes: One in South Australia.
  • Hierarch: unknown
  • Began: 1971, in ROCOR schism.

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