Holy Transfiguration Monastery (Bombala, New South Wales)
|Holy Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration|
|Approx. size||~4 monks|
|Location||Bombala, New South Wales, Australia|
|Liturgical language(s)||English, Slavonic|
|Music used||Russian Chant|
|Feastdays celebrated||6/19 August|
|Official website||none advertised|
The Holy Transfiguration Monastery is a monastic community for men under the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. Originally established as a skete under the omophorion of His Eminence Archbishop Paul of Sydney, it has since been made a monastery, all the while under the abbacy of Archimandrite Alexis. In August 2010, Archimandrite Alexis retired as abbot; he was succeeded by Hieromonk Sergius (Shatrov), with Fr Alexis as spiritual father.
The monastery is currently situated in Bombala, which is near the Snowy Mountains and 2 hours from Canberra, with over 100 acres of land. There are currently three priest-monks (Archimandrite Alexis, Hieromonk Makary and Hieromonk Sergius) in residence, along with a small number of novices.
During feastdays of the monastery, approximately 80-180 people (depending on the day of week) attend, with the liturgic celebrations done by the ROCOR Archbishop, with ROCOR and Serbian clergy. At the feastday in 2004, there were four monks or novices in residence. During the 2005 feast day celebrations, Monk Sergius was ordained to the diaconate and then to the priesthood, and there were six monks or novices in residence.
After several years service at the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem, being the superior twice, Archimandrite Alexis (Rosentool) came to Australia and founded Holy Transfiguration Skete. He is an experienced iconographer, having studied under Archimandrite Kyprian (Pyzhov), completing the fresco on the ceiling of the Nativity of St John the Forerunner Church, Canberra. He has given lectures at various Russian and Serbian youth conferences, including at New Shamordino, 1982, and the 38th Russian Youth Conference in Melbourne, 2002.
- Australian and New Zealand Directory: Parishes and Monasteries in Australia (on ROCOR diocesan website)
- Holy Transfiguration Monastery Feast Day - Photos on Flickr.com
- Telephone: (02) 6458 3009
|Orthodoxy in Australia: Monasteries|
|Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia|
| Male: Pantanassa | St George | St John |
Female: Gorgoepikoos | Holy Cross
|Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia|
| Male: Holy Transfiguration | Archangel Michael |
Proph. Elias | St John the Baptist | Holy Trinity
Female: Our Lady of Kazan | Presentation
| Male: New Kalenic (Serbian) | St Sava (Serbian) |
Female: St Anna (Antiochian) | Nativity Skete (Serbian)