Monastery of Gorgoepikoos (Geelong, Victoria)

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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 by [[Kallistheni (Zantis)|Mother Kallistheni]], who remains the [[abbess]].
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[[Image:Geelong.jpg|thumb|left|Monastery of Panagia Gorgoepikoos - Geelong]]
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[[Image:SeraphimGeelong.jpg|thumb|left|St Seraphim's Chapel (far view)]]
  
The monastery is situated approximately one hour, by car, from Melbourne and is in Lovely Banks, which is close to the seaside suburb of Geelong. It can be found at:
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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]]).
 
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Corner of Monastery Court and Bluestone Bridge Road,
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Lovely Banks,
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GEELONG, Victoria 3221.
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(in older Melways: Cnr Cox & Rollins Rds).  
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Telephone: (03) 5276 1221
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P.O. Box 219, Corio, Vic 3214
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==History of Panagia Gorgoepikoos Icon==
 
==History of Panagia Gorgoepikoos Icon==
::''See Main Article: [[Panagia Gorgoepikoos]]''
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''See Main Article: [[Panagia Gorgoepikoos]] icon''
  
The monastery takes its name from the icon of 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.
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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]].
  
[[Image:Geelong.jpg|thumb|left|Monastery of Panagia Gorgoepikoos - Geelong]]
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== Monastery Grounds ==
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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]].
  
==Mother Kallistheni==
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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.
Mother Kallistheni, the first abbess of the monastery, was born Kalomira Zantis (nicknamed "Corrine") to Angelo and Nina Zantis, and raised in Goulburn, NSW, Australia with two siblings, Sheridan and Peter.
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[[Image:SeraphimSarov5h.JPG|thumb|right|St Seraphim icon (close up)]]
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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.
  
Her great-grandfather was the village priest and the schoolmaster in Karavas, in Kythera, Greece, for four decades.  Known as 'Papa Vangelli', he was married to Presbytera Stamatia and baptised the majority of those Kytherians who then moved to Australia or the USA.  Papa Vangelli had eight children, of whom Kalomira was the seventh; she married Sarandos Zantiotis and had four children, of whom Angelo was the fourth; he married Nina Souris, from Armidale, who are the parents of Mother Kallistheni.
 
 
[[Image:SeraphimSarov5h.JPG|thumb|St Seraphim Shrine (close up)]]
 
==Monastery Grounds==
 
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.
 
 
To create privacy for the monastery, Cox Road, running outside the monastery, has recently been closed off&mdash;an initiative instigated by Mother Kallistheni.
 
 
The Monastery is surrounded by 17 acres of land.  This allows the Sisters to keep beehives, olive trees, fruit trees and a vegetable garden and tend to a few animals.
 
 
Situated in the Monastery is an outdoor Chapel dedicated to St Seraphim of Sarov, where his Feast day is celebrated by Divine Liturgy on 2nd January
 
 
There is also a building that houses a coffee room and the Monastery Bookshop from where Orthodox literature (in Greek and English), handicrafts and icons made by the Sisters may be purchased.
 
 
[[Image:SeraphimGeelong.jpg|thumb|St Seraphim's Shrine (far view)]]
 
 
==Programme for members of the public==
 
 
Female pilgrims can stay at the guesthouse of St Anna and are invited to participate in the daily programme of the Monastery.
 
Female pilgrims can stay at the guesthouse of St Anna and are invited to participate in the daily programme of the Monastery.
  
All pilgrims 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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== See also ==
 
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* Saint [[Seraphim of Sarov]] ([[January 2]])
*Monday: Open between 2-5pm on School and Public holidays.
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* Saint [[George (Karslidis) of Drama]] ([[November 4]])
*Tuesday: Open between 9am and 5pm.
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::9am [[Divine Liturgy]], 3pm Vespers
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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]] or Vespers.
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*Sunday: Open between 2-5pm.
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::3pm Paraklesis.
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The Divine Liturgy in the English Language is celebrated at the Monastery on Saturday mornings once a month:
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8:00am – 9:00am Matins Greek/English
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9:00am – 10:00am Divine Liturgy – English
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The remaining dates for 2008 are:
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:10th May 7th June
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:12th July 9th August
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:6th September 11th October
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:15th November 13th December
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Refreshments are provided after the Divine Liturgy.
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==Monastery Building Project==
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With God’s help and with the blessing of His Eminence [[Stylianos (Harkianakis) of Australia|Archbishop Stylianos of Australia]], the Sisters plan to begin stage one of the Monastery Katholikon.  This entails the pilings, slab and hydronic heating.  The Katholikon has a main central church and two side chapels. They welcome all help and support that that they may "be able to continue with greater zeal and without distraction their holy mission."
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==Source==
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*[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 17:17, 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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