Serbian Orthodox Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand

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== The Episcopacy ==
 
== The Episcopacy ==
 
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*Bishop [[Milutin (Knezevic) of Valjevo|Milutin (Knezevic) of Australia and New Zealand]], 2003-Oct 2006.
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===Former Patriarchal Hierarchs of Australia and New Zealand===
 
===Former Patriarchal Hierarchs of Australia and New Zealand===

Revision as of 03:16, July 14, 2006

Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Australia and New Zealand and Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Australia and New Zealand, New Gracanica Metropolitanate
Jurisdiction Church of Serbia
Diocese type Dioceses
Founded 1974
Current bishop vacant
See(s) Canberra ACT,
Elaine, Vic
Headquarters Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Territory Australia, New Zealand
Liturgical language(s) Serbian, Slavonic, English
Musical tradition Serbian Chant
Calendar Julian
Population estimate 42,405

(Census 2001)

Official website Dioceses of Aust. & NZ

The Serbian Orthodox Church in Australia and New Zealand, headquartered in Canberra, ACT, and Elaine, VIC, is the descriptive term of two parallel dioceses in Australia and New Zealand: the Patriarchal Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Australia and New Zealand; and the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Australia and New Zealand, New Gracanica Metropolitanate. Currently it is headed by Milutin (Knežević).

At the May 2006 Holy Synod, Hieromonk Irinej (Dobrijević) was appointed to head the Patriarchal diocese, and administer the New Gracanica diocese.

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History

Prior to 1992, the Serbian Orthodox in Australia and New Zealand were under two seperate dioceses: the schismatic (until 1992) Free Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Australia and New Zealand, administered firstly by a metropolitan who resided at New Gracanica Monastery, Illinois, USA, and then by a local bishop who resided at St. Sava's Monastery (New Kalenic), Canberra, ACT, and the larger Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Australia and New Zealand, which was within the Church of Serbia and presided over by a bishop resident at St. Sava's Monastery, Elaine, Victoria.

In 1992, an acceptance by the Church of Serbia of the schismatic group on the condition of altering their 'Free' name to 'New Gracanica Metropolitanate' meant that there were now two directly overlapping dioceses in Australia and New Zealand, which were administered by two bishops, one each in Elaine and Canberra. In 2000, Bishop Nicanor became the first sole bishop in Australia and New Zealand, being appointed reigning bishop of the New Gracanica Diocese and also administrator of the patriarchal diocese. In 2003 Bishop Milutin was appointed bishop of the New Gracanica diocese and administrator of the patriarchal diocese.

Recent History

In 2006, Bishop Milutin was appointed Bishop of the newly-formed diocese of Valjevo following the partition of the Sabac-Valjevo diocese into two, and Hieromonk Irinej Dobrijevic was appointed in his place. Archimandrite Irinej's ordination to the episcopate is scheduled for 15 July 2006 at St. Mark's Cathedral in Belgrade, and his enthronement in Australia on 20 October of the same year [1] [2].

Organization

The Serbian Orthodox Church in Australia and New Zealand is two parallel dioceses in the one geographical territory of Australia and New Zealand, both under the one bishop. Currently there are 41 parishes in Australia and New Zealand, with two monasteries and one skete.

The Serbian Orthodox Church in Australia and New Zealand was a founding member of SCCOCA.

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Monasteries

Parishes

nb. Only parishes with articles listed

The Episcopacy

Diocesan Bishop

  • Bishop-elect Irinej (Dobrijevic), to be consecrated 15 July 2006 and enthroned, 20 October 2006.

Former Patriarchal Hierarchs of Australia and New Zealand

  • Bishop Lavrentije (Trifunovic) of Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand, 196?-1974
  • Bishop Nikolai (Mrdja) of Australia and New Zealand, 1974-19??
  • Bishop Vasilije (Vadic) of Australia and New Zealand, 198?-1986.
  • Bishop Longin (Krco) of Australia and New Zealand, 1986-1992
  • Bishop Luka of Australia and New Zealand, 1993-1999.

Former Free (1963-1992) and New Gracanica (1992-2000) Hierarchs of Australia and New Zealand

nb. considered schismatic by the Church of Serbia until reconciliation in 1992.
  • Bishop Dionisije of America and Canada, 1963-19??.
  • Bishop Dimitrije (Balac) of America and Canada, 19??-19??.
  • Bishop Petar (Bankerovic) of Australia and New Zealand, 198?-1988.
  • Bishop Vasilije (Veinovic) of Australia and New Zealand, ~1988-1993.
  • Bishop Sava (Juric) of Australia and New Zealand, 1993-1999.

Former Hierarchs of the New Gracanica and for the Patriarchal Dioceses

Between 1999 and 2006, the bishop of the New Gracanica diocese administered the Patriarchal diocese

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