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The '''Orthodox Church in America - Parishes in Australia''' is the grouping applied to the churches who, in 1971, left [[Diocese of Australia and New Zealand (ROCOR)|ROCOR]] and asked to be taken under the [[Orthodox Church in America|OCA]]'s protection.  It is directly under the Metropolitan of the OCA (currently Metropolitan [[Herman (Swaiko) of Washington and New York|Herman]]), and has two churches in Australia. (The Bankstown parish in Sydney, commenced by Archimandrite Veniamin, is now part of the [[Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand]])
 
 
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name=Parishes in Australia|
 
name=Parishes in Australia|
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type=Administrative District|
 
type=Administrative District|
 
founded=1971|
 
founded=1971|
bishop=[[Herman (Swaiko) of Washington and New York|Metr. Herman]], administrator|
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bishop=n/a|
see=Wellington|
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see=n/a|
hq=Wellington, New Zealand|
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hq=[[Chancery office of the Orthodox Church in America|Syosset, New York State, USA]]|
territory=Australia|
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territory=formerly Sydney and Brisbane, Australia|
 
language=Slavonic and English|
 
language=Slavonic and English|
 
music=[[Russian Chant]]|
 
music=[[Russian Chant]]|
calendar=[[Revised Julian Calendar|Revised Julian]], [[Julian Calendar|Julian]]|
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calendar=[[Julian Calendar|Julian]]|
 
population=unknown|
 
population=unknown|
 
website=[http://oca.org/CAdioceseAU.asp?SID=8 Parishes in Australia]
 
website=[http://oca.org/CAdioceseAU.asp?SID=8 Parishes in Australia]
 
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The '''Orthodox Church in America - Parishes in Australia''' was the name applied to the [[church]]es who, [[ROCOR and OCA#1970: Autocephaly for the OCA|in 1971]], left [[Diocese of Australia and New Zealand (ROCOR)|ROCOR]] and asked to be taken under the [[Orthodox Church in America|OCA]]'s protection. The parishes were administered directly by the [[metropolitan]] of the [[OCA]].
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There are presently no parishes in Australia that are under the omophorion of the Orthodox Church in America.
  
 
== History ==
 
== History ==
<i>Some history is provided on the [http://oca.org/DIRlisting.asp?SID=9&KEY=OCA-AU-HOMSMM OCA Parish Listing for St. Michael Orthodox Church]</i>
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In 1971, in a split from [[Diocese of Australia and New Zealand (ROCOR)|ROCOR]], a group of Orthodox faithful applied to the Orthodox Church in America for acceptance. 
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St. Nicholas Parish in Bankstown, NSW, was formed in 1959 and worshipped in premises the parishioners built on land leased from NSW Government Railways. In 1971, it was under the rectorship of [[Archimandrite]] [[Veniamin (Garshin)]] who had resigned as dean of the ROCOR Cathedral in Sydney and departed from that [[jurisdiction]]. At that time they petitioned OCA for their acceptance under the [[omophorion]] of the OCA Metropolitan. Their petition was quickly granted.
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A second [[parish]] in Brisbane, Holy Annunciation Church, was formed under the rectorship of Fr. [[Gregory Malisheff]] and, following the example of the Bankstown parish, petitioned the OCA and was also quickly accepted.
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In 1977, a third group, later named the Australian Orthodox Fraternity of St. Michael, was formed in metropolitan Sydney for the purpose of purchasing and organising another parish, under the rectorship of Fr. [[Michael Mersher]]. In November of that year, Mr Verjbitsky contacted the Uniting Church and was offered a surplus Presbyterian church in Homebush. The building was made suitable for Orthodox worship, including an [[iconostasis]], on [[January 26]], 1978. Fr. Michael was the [[rector]] from 1978-80, Fr. [[Theodore Michaluk]] from 1980-86, Fr. Leopold in 1986, and Fr. [[Igor Chlabicz]] from 1987.
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Following the repose of Archimandrite Veniamin in 1994, the Orthodox Church in America was unable to supply a replacement [[priest]] for the Bankstown parish. The parish council of St. Nicholas approached Bishop [[Gibran (Ramlawey) of Australia and New Zealand|Gibran]], then Antiochian Orthodox Bishop for Australia and New Zealand, and asked if he was able to supply a [[priest]] who could celebrate in Slavonic. Hieromonk [[Andrija (Vujisic)|Andrija (Zoran Vujisić)]] and, later, Fr. [[Nicholas Gan]] assisted on a temporary basis until Fr. [[Mitko Machevski]] was appointed and commenced services at St. Nicholas on [[August 10]], 1996.  The parish later formally changed jurisdictions to the [[Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand]]. Fr. Mitko was appointed rector of the parish, which continues to use Church Slavonic and follow the [[Julian Calendar]].
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In Brisbane, Holy Annunciation Orthodox Church found itself without a rector after Fr [[Ian Bojko]] retired in 2005.  In 2009, the parish requested permission to enter the ROCOR [[Diocese of Australia and New Zealand (ROCOR)|Diocese of Australia and New Zealand]] as an English-language parish; this was accomplished by the mutual consensus of Metropolitans [[Jonah (Paffhausen) of Washington|Jonah]] and [[Hilarion (Kapral) of New York|Hilarion]] and the transfer was finalised in May 2009.
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After the rectorate of Fr. Igor Chlabicz, the Australian Orthodox Fraternity of St. Michael was served by Rev. Fr. [[John Vesic]], a priest of the [[Serbian Orthodox Church in Australia and New Zealand|Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Australia and New Zealand]]. In March 2011, the parish received the blessing of Metropolitan Jonah of the OCA to join the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Australia and New Zealand, with Bishop [[Irinej (Dobrijevic) of Australia and New Zealand|Irinej of Sydney]] placing a new antimens in the church on Forgiveness Sunday, 2011.  This parish is also designated an English-language parish - at the time of its transfer, the only one in the Serbian Orthodox Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand.
  
==Organization==
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==Current status of parishes==
The OCA Parishes in Australia is an administrative grouping of two, (formerly three) churches.
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The OCA Parishes in Australia is now a defunct administrative grouping, having existed from 1971 to 2011.
*Holy Annunciation Orthodox Church, Woolloongabba, Queensland.
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*St. Michael Orthodox Church, Homebush, New South Wales.
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St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, Bankstown, New South Wales, is now part of the [[Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand]], and continues to use Church Slavonic in the liturgy and to follow the Julian (Old) Calendar.
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''(no other information as yet)''
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The following parishes, who originally formed the grouping, moved to:
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*St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, Bankstown, New South Wales; now in the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines.
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*Holy Annunciation Orthodox Church, Woolloongabba, Queensland; now in the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia - Diocese of Australia and New Zealand.
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*St. Michael Orthodox Church, Homebush, New South Wales; now in the Serbian Orthodox Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand.
  
== The Episcopacy ==
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Currently, the only OCA presence in Australia is in the person of Fr Ian Bojko, a retired priest in Brisbane.
===Current Episcopacy===
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* Metropolitan [[Herman (Swaiko) of Washington and New York|Herman (Swaiko)]] of Washington and New York, administrator of the parishes in Australia.
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===Previous Bishops===
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== Episcopacy ==
* [[Sylvester (Haruns) of Montreal|Sylvester (Haruns)]], Archbishop of Montreal and Canada, 1963-1981, administrator of the parishes in Australia, 1972-1981.
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* His Eminence [[Sylvester (Haruns) of Montreal|Sylvester (Haruns)]], Archbishop of Montreal and Canada; administrator of the parishes in Australia, 1972-1981.
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* His Beatitude [[Theodosius (Lazor) of Washington|Theodosius (Lazor)]], Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada; administrator of the parishes in Australia, 1981-2002.
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* His Beatitude [[Herman (Swaiko) of Washington and New York|Herman (Swaiko)]], Archbishop of Washington and New York, Metropolitan of All America and Canada; administrator of the parishes in Australia, 2002-2008.
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* His Beatitude [[Jonah (Paffhausen) of Washington|Jonah (Paffhausen)]], Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada; administrator of the parishes in Austraila, 2008-2011.
  
 
== External links ==
 
== External links ==
 
* [http://oca.org/CAdioceseAU.asp?SID=8 Website of the Parishes in Australia] (on the OCA website)
 
* [http://oca.org/CAdioceseAU.asp?SID=8 Website of the Parishes in Australia] (on the OCA website)
* [http://www.ausorthodox.com/ Australian Orthodox Fraternity of St. Michael] (the church in Homebush, Sydney, New South Wales)
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* [http://www.smh.org.au St Michael's, Homebush] (Australian Orthodox Fraternity of St Michael)
* [http://ha-oca.faithweb.com/ Holy Annunciation Orthodox Church] (the church in Woolloongabba, Brisbane, Queensland)
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* [http://www.antiochianarch.org.au/NSW.aspx#nsw007 Parish listing for Antiochian Orthodox Church of Saint Nicholas, Bankstown] (former parish in this grouping)
* [http://www.antiochian.org.au/content/blogcategory/4/19/11/ Bankstown Parish details] (the church in Bankstown, Sydney, New South Wales)
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* [http://www.holyannunciation.net Holy Annunciation Orthodox Church]
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* [http://www.spc.rs/sr/nova_parohija_spc_u_sidneju "New Parish of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Sydney"]
  
 
[[Category:Jurisdictions|Australia]]
 
[[Category:Jurisdictions|Australia]]
 
[[Category:Orthodoxy in Australia]]
 
[[Category:Orthodoxy in Australia]]

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Parishes in Australia
Jurisdiction OCA
Diocese type Administrative District
Founded 1971
Current bishop n/a
See(s) n/a
Headquarters Syosset, New York State, USA
Territory formerly Sydney and Brisbane, Australia
Liturgical language(s) Slavonic and English
Musical tradition Russian Chant
Calendar Julian
Population estimate unknown
Official website Parishes in Australia
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The Orthodox Church in America - Parishes in Australia was the name applied to the churches who, in 1971, left ROCOR and asked to be taken under the OCA's protection. The parishes were administered directly by the metropolitan of the OCA.

There are presently no parishes in Australia that are under the omophorion of the Orthodox Church in America.

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History

In 1971, in a split from ROCOR, a group of Orthodox faithful applied to the Orthodox Church in America for acceptance.

St. Nicholas Parish in Bankstown, NSW, was formed in 1959 and worshipped in premises the parishioners built on land leased from NSW Government Railways. In 1971, it was under the rectorship of Archimandrite Veniamin (Garshin) who had resigned as dean of the ROCOR Cathedral in Sydney and departed from that jurisdiction. At that time they petitioned OCA for their acceptance under the omophorion of the OCA Metropolitan. Their petition was quickly granted.

A second parish in Brisbane, Holy Annunciation Church, was formed under the rectorship of Fr. Gregory Malisheff and, following the example of the Bankstown parish, petitioned the OCA and was also quickly accepted.

In 1977, a third group, later named the Australian Orthodox Fraternity of St. Michael, was formed in metropolitan Sydney for the purpose of purchasing and organising another parish, under the rectorship of Fr. Michael Mersher. In November of that year, Mr Verjbitsky contacted the Uniting Church and was offered a surplus Presbyterian church in Homebush. The building was made suitable for Orthodox worship, including an iconostasis, on January 26, 1978. Fr. Michael was the rector from 1978-80, Fr. Theodore Michaluk from 1980-86, Fr. Leopold in 1986, and Fr. Igor Chlabicz from 1987.

Following the repose of Archimandrite Veniamin in 1994, the Orthodox Church in America was unable to supply a replacement priest for the Bankstown parish. The parish council of St. Nicholas approached Bishop Gibran, then Antiochian Orthodox Bishop for Australia and New Zealand, and asked if he was able to supply a priest who could celebrate in Slavonic. Hieromonk Andrija (Zoran Vujisić) and, later, Fr. Nicholas Gan assisted on a temporary basis until Fr. Mitko Machevski was appointed and commenced services at St. Nicholas on August 10, 1996. The parish later formally changed jurisdictions to the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand. Fr. Mitko was appointed rector of the parish, which continues to use Church Slavonic and follow the Julian Calendar.

In Brisbane, Holy Annunciation Orthodox Church found itself without a rector after Fr Ian Bojko retired in 2005. In 2009, the parish requested permission to enter the ROCOR Diocese of Australia and New Zealand as an English-language parish; this was accomplished by the mutual consensus of Metropolitans Jonah and Hilarion and the transfer was finalised in May 2009.

After the rectorate of Fr. Igor Chlabicz, the Australian Orthodox Fraternity of St. Michael was served by Rev. Fr. John Vesic, a priest of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Australia and New Zealand. In March 2011, the parish received the blessing of Metropolitan Jonah of the OCA to join the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Australia and New Zealand, with Bishop Irinej of Sydney placing a new antimens in the church on Forgiveness Sunday, 2011. This parish is also designated an English-language parish - at the time of its transfer, the only one in the Serbian Orthodox Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand.

Current status of parishes

The OCA Parishes in Australia is now a defunct administrative grouping, having existed from 1971 to 2011.

The following parishes, who originally formed the grouping, moved to:

  • St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, Bankstown, New South Wales; now in the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines.
  • Holy Annunciation Orthodox Church, Woolloongabba, Queensland; now in the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia - Diocese of Australia and New Zealand.
  • St. Michael Orthodox Church, Homebush, New South Wales; now in the Serbian Orthodox Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand.

Currently, the only OCA presence in Australia is in the person of Fr Ian Bojko, a retired priest in Brisbane.

Episcopacy

  • His Eminence Sylvester (Haruns), Archbishop of Montreal and Canada; administrator of the parishes in Australia, 1972-1981.
  • His Beatitude Theodosius (Lazor), Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada; administrator of the parishes in Australia, 1981-2002.
  • His Beatitude Herman (Swaiko), Archbishop of Washington and New York, Metropolitan of All America and Canada; administrator of the parishes in Australia, 2002-2008.
  • His Beatitude Jonah (Paffhausen), Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada; administrator of the parishes in Austraila, 2008-2011.

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