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==Introduction==
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{{diocese|
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name=Macedonian Orthodox Diocese of Australia and New Zealand|
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jurisdiction=[[Macedonian Orthodox Church]]|
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type=Diocese|
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founded=''unknown''|
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bishop=Metr. Petar, administrator|
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see=''not applicable''|
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hq=Bitola, Macedonia|
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territory=Australia, New Zealand|
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language=Slavonic|
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music=[[Byzantine Chant]]|
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calendar=[[Julian Calendar|Julian]]|
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population=''unknown''|
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website=''[http://www.mpceanz.org.au/ Eparchy of Australia and New Zealand]''
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}}
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The '''Macedonian Orthodox Diocese of Australia and New Zealand''' is a [[diocese]] of the [[Macedonian Orthodox Church]].  It is currently administered by Metropolitan Petar of Prespa and Pelagonia, who resides in Bitola, Macedonia, and is in Australia for approximately one month each year.
  
The [[Macedonian Orthodox Church]] was originally represented in Australia by community churches only.  
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==History==
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Originally, the Macedonian Orthodox began community churches, and so began to pray to God in a foreign land.  A diocese was later established for Australia and New Zealand, but - as is common - the bishops had difficulty in convincing the trustees of the community properties to hand over these properties to the care of the bishop.
  
Later a diocese was established for Australia but the bishops had difficulty convincing the trustees of the community properties to hand over these various properties to the diocesan bishop.  
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A result of the difficulties in handing over property is found in the extensive legal proceedings undertaken by the present administrator, Metropolitan Petar, in an effort to force the properties to be given over to the diocese.  There are many community parishes who have not accepted this, forcing Metropolitan Petar to spend most of his time in Australia - usually approximately one month each year - involved in these court cases.
  
The diocese is currently administered (2006) by Metropolitan Petar who is ruling bishop of the diocese of Prespa and Pelagonia, seated at Bitola in Macedonia (FYROM).  
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Worshiping Macedonians in New Zealand all attend churches of other jurisdictions.  
  
Metropolitan Petar usually visits Australia for about one month a year.
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==See also==
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*[[List of Macedonian Orthodox parishes in Australia]] - also contains Macedonian Orthodox monasteries and centres.
  
Most of his time in Australia is taken up with savage expensive long running court proceedings he initiated over "Church" property.
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==External link==
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*[http://www.mpceanz.org.au/ Macedonian Orthodox Eparchy of Australia and New Zealand] (Official Website)
  
There are many community parishes which have not accepted "the imposition of an absentee landlord", as they describe it when being polite. 
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[[Category:Dioceses]]
 
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[[Category:Orthodoxy in Australia]]
Following the usual Eastern Orthodox pattern outside the mother countries, the Macedonian community in Australia has been very effectively split into two warring camps by the activities of the successive bishops administering the diocese of Australia. 
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[[Category:Orthodoxy in New Zealand]]
 
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[[Category:Macedonian Dioceses]]
Both diocesan and community entities are listed below.
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==Parishes, Monasteries, and Centres, in Australia==
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'''Australian Capital Teritory'''
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Macedonian Orthodox Church “Saint Kliment of Ohrid
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Latest revision as of 09:23, April 27, 2011

Macedonian Orthodox Diocese of Australia and New Zealand
Jurisdiction Macedonian Orthodox Church
Diocese type Diocese
Founded unknown
Current bishop Metr. Petar, administrator
See(s) not applicable
Headquarters Bitola, Macedonia
Territory Australia, New Zealand
Liturgical language(s) Slavonic
Musical tradition Byzantine Chant
Calendar Julian
Population estimate unknown
Official website Eparchy of Australia and New Zealand

The Macedonian Orthodox Diocese of Australia and New Zealand is a diocese of the Macedonian Orthodox Church. It is currently administered by Metropolitan Petar of Prespa and Pelagonia, who resides in Bitola, Macedonia, and is in Australia for approximately one month each year.

History

Originally, the Macedonian Orthodox began community churches, and so began to pray to God in a foreign land. A diocese was later established for Australia and New Zealand, but - as is common - the bishops had difficulty in convincing the trustees of the community properties to hand over these properties to the care of the bishop.

A result of the difficulties in handing over property is found in the extensive legal proceedings undertaken by the present administrator, Metropolitan Petar, in an effort to force the properties to be given over to the diocese. There are many community parishes who have not accepted this, forcing Metropolitan Petar to spend most of his time in Australia - usually approximately one month each year - involved in these court cases.

Worshiping Macedonians in New Zealand all attend churches of other jurisdictions.

See also

External link

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