St. Petroc Monastery (Cascades, Tasmania)

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Saint '''Petroc Monastery''' was a semi-eremitic [[monasticism|monastic]] community for men located in Cascades, Tasmania.  It was [[superior|headed]] by Fr. [[Michael (Mansbridge-Wood)|Michael]] for the duration of its existence, and followed the Sarum practise of the [[Western Rite]].  It no longer exists.
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type=Semi-Eremitic Male Monastery|
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superior=Fr [[Michael (Mansbridge-Wood)|Michael]]|
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language=English|
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music=[[Western Rite]], Sarum|
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Saint '''Petroc Monastery''' was a semi-eremitic [[monasticism|monastic]] community for men located in Cascades, Tasmania.  The current [[superior]] is Fr. [[Michael (Mansbridge-Wood)|Michael]], and follows the Sarum practise of the [[Western Rite]].
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==History==
 
==History==
Saint Petroc Monastery was founded in 1992 as an Anglo-Catholic monastery.  In 1995 it turned to Orthodoxy and, under instruction, was placed under the direction of Patriarch [[Ignatius IV (Hazim) of Antioch|Ignatius IV of Antioch]].  In 1997, the monastery was received into [[Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia|ROCOR]], under the [[omophorion]] of Archbishop [[Hilarion (Kapral) of Sydney|Hilarion of Sydney]], [[Diocese of Australia and New Zealand (ROCOR)|Australia and New Zealand]], with the mandate to not only continue using the Sarum practise of the [[Western Rite]], but to do so with the explicit intent of attracting people of Anglo-Celtic ancestry to Orthodoxy through this rite.  According to Fr Michael, it was with ROCOR that he was [[baptism|baptised]] an Orthodox Christian and [[ordination|ordained]] to the [[priest]]hood[http://stpetrocabbeyfaq.blogspot.com.au].  The Monastery also received permission to create attached monastery missions and [[parish]]es.  In 1998, the monastery began one of these attached missions in Launceston, named for St. Stephen.  In 2001, Fr. Michael becomes a [[chaplain]] at the University of Tasmania; though this service concludes after the University of Tasmania sells their faith centre.
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Saint Petroc Monastery was founded in 1992 as an Anglo-Catholic monastery.  In 1995 it turned to Orthodoxy and, under instruction, was placed under the direction of Patriarch [[Ignatius IV (Hazim) of Antioch|Ignatius IV of Antioch]].  In 1997, the monastery was received into [[Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia|ROCOR]], under the [[omophorion]] of Archbishop [[Hilarion (Kapral) of Sydney|Hilarion of Sydney]], [[Diocese of Australia and New Zealand (ROCOR)|Australia and New Zealand]], with the mandate to not only continue using the Sarum practise of the [[Western Rite]], but to do so with the explicit intent of attracting people of Anglo-Celtic ancestry to Orthodoxy through this rite.  Fr Michael and Fr [[Barry Jefferies]], a married priest associated with Fr Michael, were baptised and ordained by Abp Hilarion to this end.  The Monastery also received permission to create attached monastery missions and [[parish]]es.  In 1998, the monastery began one of these attached missions in Launceston, named for St. Stephen, and would go on to have other attached missions in various cities in Australia, England and Southeast Asia.
  
In 2003, the Saint Colman Prayer Book, compiled by the monastery, is authorised for use in ROCOR. In June of the next year, the Monastery calls a meeting of Western Rite clergy in Australia and New Zealand - which included the priests attached to the monastery and two [[Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, New Zealand, and All Oceania|Antiochian]] clergy - to discuss the future of Western Rite in Australasia.
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In 1998, Fr. Michael was appointed a [[chaplain]] at the University of Tasmania by Abp Hilarion; this service concluded after the University of Tasmania sold the chaplaincy building in 2011.
  
On [[November 19]], 2010, Hieromonk Michael is made the Assistant to the Metropolitan for Western Rite communities in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, while Dom [[James (Deschene)]] was made the Assistant to the Metropolitan for Western Rite communities in the United States of America and Canada.
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In 2003, the Saint Colman Prayer Book, compiled by the monastery, is authorised for use in ROCOR by Abp Hilarion.  In June of the next year, the Monastery called a meeting of Western Rite clergy in Australia and New Zealand - which included the priests attached to the monastery and two [[Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, New Zealand, and All Oceania|Antiochian]] clergy - to discuss the future of Western Rite in Australasia.
  
On [[May 23]], 2011, Hieromonk Michael is suspended by Metropolitan Hilarion for public defamation of brother [[clergy]].  This was lifted around late June, with Hmk Michael restricted simply to caring for his flock in Tasmania.
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On [[November 19]], 2010, [[Hieromonk|Hmk]] Michael was made the Assistant to the Metropolitan for Western Rite communities in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, with Dom [[James (Deschene)]] similarly appointed in the Western hemisphere.  This arrangement continued for about six months.
  
On [[February 13]], 2013, Hieromonk Michael is suspended and retired by Metropolitan [[Hilarion (Kapral) of New York|Hilarion]] due to canonical violations, neglect (through absence) of St Dyfan's parish in Hobart, and "bringing disrepute to the Orthodox witness of the Western Rite movement" through his online interactions.  On the 31st of March, he announced that "[o]n the 15th of March, [he] was notified in writing of [his] reception by his eminence (sic), Metropolitan Daniel of the Metropolitanate of Moscow (TOC-R). This was followed by the necessary decrees. The decrees stated that [he is] a Hieromonk of Metropolitan Daniel's diocese, resident in the United Kingdom".  This reception means the departure of Hieromonk Michael and St Petroc Monastery from the Church.
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In 2012, Saint Petroc Monastery was closed by Fr Michael, who moved in 2014 to a different monastic endeavour.
  
 
==External Links==
 
==External Links==
*[http://orthodoxwesternrite.wordpress.com/ 'A site of St Petroc Monastery']
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*[http://orthodoxwesternrite.wordpress.com/st-petroc-monastery/ Saint Petroc Monastery]
*[http://stpetrocabbeyfaq.blogspot.com.au/ Saint Petroc Monastery, Hobart, Tasmania. A ROCOR missionary initiative.]
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*[http://www.facebook.com/frmichael.hieromonk FrMichael Hieromonk Facebook page]
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Latest revision as of 15:16, September 10, 2014

Saint Petroc Monastery was a semi-eremitic monastic community for men located in Cascades, Tasmania. It was headed by Fr. Michael for the duration of its existence, and followed the Sarum practise of the Western Rite. It no longer exists.

History

Saint Petroc Monastery was founded in 1992 as an Anglo-Catholic monastery. In 1995 it turned to Orthodoxy and, under instruction, was placed under the direction of Patriarch Ignatius IV of Antioch. In 1997, the monastery was received into ROCOR, under the omophorion of Archbishop Hilarion of Sydney, Australia and New Zealand, with the mandate to not only continue using the Sarum practise of the Western Rite, but to do so with the explicit intent of attracting people of Anglo-Celtic ancestry to Orthodoxy through this rite. Fr Michael and Fr Barry Jefferies, a married priest associated with Fr Michael, were baptised and ordained by Abp Hilarion to this end. The Monastery also received permission to create attached monastery missions and parishes. In 1998, the monastery began one of these attached missions in Launceston, named for St. Stephen, and would go on to have other attached missions in various cities in Australia, England and Southeast Asia.

In 1998, Fr. Michael was appointed a chaplain at the University of Tasmania by Abp Hilarion; this service concluded after the University of Tasmania sold the chaplaincy building in 2011.

In 2003, the Saint Colman Prayer Book, compiled by the monastery, is authorised for use in ROCOR by Abp Hilarion. In June of the next year, the Monastery called a meeting of Western Rite clergy in Australia and New Zealand - which included the priests attached to the monastery and two Antiochian clergy - to discuss the future of Western Rite in Australasia.

On November 19, 2010, Hmk Michael was made the Assistant to the Metropolitan for Western Rite communities in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, with Dom James (Deschene) similarly appointed in the Western hemisphere. This arrangement continued for about six months.

In 2012, Saint Petroc Monastery was closed by Fr Michael, who moved in 2014 to a different monastic endeavour.

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