Monastery of Gorgoepikoos (Geelong, Victoria)

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founded=1993|
 
founded=1993|
 
superior=Abbess Kallistheni|
 
superior=Abbess Kallistheni|
size=5 nuns|
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size=4 nuns and 2 novices|
 
hq=Geelong, Victoria, Australia|
 
hq=Geelong, Victoria, Australia|
 
language=Greek, English|
 
language=Greek, English|
 
music=[[Byzantine Chant]]|
 
music=[[Byzantine Chant]]|
 
calendar=[[Revised Julian Calendar|Revised Julian]]|
 
calendar=[[Revised Julian Calendar|Revised Julian]]|
feasts=[[January 2|Jan 2]] (Chapel)<br>[[October 1|Oct 1]] (Monastery)|
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feasts=[[October 1|Oct 1]] (Monastery)<br>[[January 2|Jan 2]] (Chapel)|
website=none advertised
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website=[http://www.gorgoepikoos.org.au gorgoepikoos.org.au]
 
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[[Image:Geelong.jpg|thumb|right|Monastery of Panagia Gorgoepikoos - Geelong]]
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[[Image:Geelong.jpg|thumb|left|Monastery of Panagia Gorgoepikoos - Geelong]]
[[Image:SeraphimGeelong.jpg|thumb|St Seraphim's outdoor chapel]]
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[[Image:SeraphimGeelong.jpg|thumb|left|St Seraphim's Chapel (far view)]]
  
The '''Holy Monastery of [[Panagia Gorgoepikoos]]''' ("She who is Quick to Hear") is a [[monasticism|monastic]] community for [[nun|women]] under the [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia]].  The monastery is located in Lovely Banks, Geelong, Victoria, and was established under the [[omophorion]] of His Eminence [[Archbishop]] [[Stylianos (Harkianakis) of Australia|Stylianos of Australia]] in May 1993 by [[Kallistheni (Zantis)|Mother Kallistheni]], who remains the [[abbess]].  Currently, the monastery has 4 nuns (Sisters Makrina, Nikodimi, and Natalia, and the abbess, Mother Kallistheni) and a novice, all of whom speak fluent English.
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The '''Holy Monastery of [[Panagia Gorgoepikoos]]''' ("She who is Quick to Hear") is a [[monasticism|monastic]] community for [[nun|women]] in the [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia]].  The monastery was established in May 1993. The [[abbess]] is Mother Kallistheni. The monastery celebrates its main feast day on [[October 1]]. It also celebrates the feast of St. [[Seraphim of Sarov]] ([[January 2]]) and St. [[George (Karslidis) of Drama|George of Drama]] ([[November 4]]).
  
The monastery is situated approximately one hour, by car, from Melbourne and is close to the seaside suburb of Geelong. Initially the Monastery stood on 17 acres of land but recent land purchases have allowed for growth extending the property size to 20 acres. This growth has allowed the monastery to purchase bees to produce their own honey, a donkey and 2 alpacas.
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==History of Panagia Gorgoepikoos Icon==
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''See Main Article: [[Panagia Gorgoepikoos]] icon''
  
To create privacy for the monastery, Cox Road, running outside the monastery, has recently been closed off&mdash;an initiative instigated by Mother Kallistheni.
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The monastery takes its name from the [[icon]] of [[Panagia Gorgoepikoos]], which is commemmorated [[October 1]]. This is one of the best known miraculous icons of the Holy Mountain, located at [[Dochiariou Monastery (Athos)|Docheiariou Monastery]].
  
==History of the Monastery==
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== Monastery Grounds ==
Much of the initial capital for the Monastery was donated from the Zantis family of Goulburn. The majority of this donation was from Mother Kallistheni's father, Angelo Zantis (deceased), and Mother Kallistheni herself.
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The monastery is situated approximately one hour, by car, from Melbourne and is in Lovely Banks, a seaside suburb of Geelong. Situated in the Monastery is an outdoor Chapel dedicated to St Seraphim of Sarov, where his Feast day is celebrated by a Divine Liturgy on [[January 2]].
<!--- History of St Seraphim's outdoor chapel--->
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==Mother Kallistheni==
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Mother Kallistheni, the first abbess of the monastery, was born Kalomira Zantis (nicknamed "Corrine") and raised in Goulburn, NSW, Australia. Her father's name was Angelo Zantis and her mother is Nina. She has two other siblings, Sheridan and Peter.  
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Her genealogical tree shows that her grandfather was a village [[priest]] in the province of Karavas (Kythera, Greece). He was a priest and schoolmaster for four decades and is affectionately known as "Papa Vangelli" by the Kytherian community, and was married to [[Presvytera]] Stamatia. Most Kytherians today aged between 60 and 100 and living in Australia or the USA would more than likely have been christened by her great-grandfather. Papa Vangelli had 8 children:
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The Monastery is on 17 acres of land. The Sisters keep beehives, olive trees, fruit trees, a vegetable garden and tend to a few animals.
*Peter, Harry, Theodoros, Georgitsa, Maria, Kanella, '''Kalomira''', and Louisa.
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[[Image:SeraphimSarov5h.JPG|thumb|right|St Seraphim icon (close up)]]
:Kalomira married Sarandos Zantiotis and had 4 children:
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There is also a building that houses a coffee room and the Monastery Bookshop from where Orthodox literature (in Greek and English), handicrafts, bonbonniere and icons made by the Sisters may be purchased.
**George (deceased), Jim, Maria, and '''Angelo''' (deceased)
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:*Angelo married Nina Souris (from Armidale) and are the parents of Mother Kallistheni.
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==Programme for members of the public==
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Female pilgrims can stay at the guesthouse of St Anna and are invited to participate in the daily programme of the Monastery.
[[Pilgrim]]s can visit the monastery daily (except Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays) and are able to attend the services chanted by the sisters.
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*Monday: Open between 2-5pm on School and Public holidays.
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*Tuesday: Open between 9am and 5pm.
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::9am [[Divine Liturgy]].
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*Wednesday: Closed.
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*Thursday: Open between 9am and 5pm.
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::3pm [[Vespers]].
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*Friday: Closed.
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*Saturday: Open between 9am and 5pm.
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::3pm [[Paraklesis]].
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::Monthly: 8am [[Matins]] in Greek and English, 9am Divine Liturgy in English.
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*Sunday: Open between 2-5pm.
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::3pm Paraklesis.
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== See also ==
 
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* Saint [[Seraphim of Sarov]] ([[January 2]])
==Source==
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* Saint [[George (Karslidis) of Drama]] ([[November 4]])
*[http://www.kythera-family.net/index.php?nav=6-22&cid=10&did=12102&pageflip=1 Visit by Abbess Kallistheni and Sister Nikodimi to St George College.]
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==External links==
 
==External links==
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*[http://www.gorgoepikoos.org.au '''Monastery Website''']
 
*[http://www.greekorthodox.org.au/general/aboutus/monasteries Holy Monasteries in Victoria]
 
*[http://www.greekorthodox.org.au/general/aboutus/monasteries Holy Monasteries in Victoria]
 
*[http://www.stnicholas.org.au/documents/Contact/Feb2003.htm February issue of Orthodox Contact].  The last article is of a visit the monasteries of [[Monastery of St Anna (Preston, Australia)|St Anna]] and Gorgoepikoos.
 
*[http://www.stnicholas.org.au/documents/Contact/Feb2003.htm February issue of Orthodox Contact].  The last article is of a visit the monasteries of [[Monastery of St Anna (Preston, Australia)|St Anna]] and Gorgoepikoos.
*[http://www.goyouth.org.au/englishlitnf.htm Holy Services in English: Programme for 2008]
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*[http://www.goyouth.org.au/events.php Holy Services in English: Programme for 2009]
  
 
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Latest revision as of 18:17, September 15, 2009

Holy Monastery of Gorgoepikoos
Jurisdiction GOA Aus
Type Female Monastery
Founded 1993
Superior Abbess Kallistheni
Approx. size 4 nuns and 2 novices
Location Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Liturgical language(s) Greek, English
Music used Byzantine Chant
Calendar Revised Julian
Feastdays celebrated Oct 1 (Monastery)
Jan 2 (Chapel)
Official website gorgoepikoos.org.au
Monastery of Panagia Gorgoepikoos - Geelong
St Seraphim's Chapel (far view)

The Holy Monastery of Panagia Gorgoepikoos ("She who is Quick to Hear") is a monastic community for women in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia. The monastery was established in May 1993. The abbess is Mother Kallistheni. The monastery celebrates its main feast day on October 1. It also celebrates the feast of St. Seraphim of Sarov (January 2) and St. George of Drama (November 4).

Contents

History of Panagia Gorgoepikoos Icon

See Main Article: Panagia Gorgoepikoos icon

The monastery takes its name from the icon of Panagia Gorgoepikoos, which is commemmorated October 1. This is one of the best known miraculous icons of the Holy Mountain, located at Docheiariou Monastery.

Monastery Grounds

The monastery is situated approximately one hour, by car, from Melbourne and is in Lovely Banks, a seaside suburb of Geelong. Situated in the Monastery is an outdoor Chapel dedicated to St Seraphim of Sarov, where his Feast day is celebrated by a Divine Liturgy on January 2.

The Monastery is on 17 acres of land. The Sisters keep beehives, olive trees, fruit trees, a vegetable garden and tend to a few animals.

St Seraphim icon (close up)

There is also a building that houses a coffee room and the Monastery Bookshop from where Orthodox literature (in Greek and English), handicrafts, bonbonniere and icons made by the Sisters may be purchased.

Female pilgrims can stay at the guesthouse of St Anna and are invited to participate in the daily programme of the Monastery.

See also

External links

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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
Other Jurisdictions
Male: New Kalenic (Serbian) | St Sava (Serbian)
Female: St Anna (Antiochian) | Nativity Skete (Serbian)
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