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Monastery of Pantanassa (Mangrove Mountain, New South Wales)

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{{monastery|
name=Monastery of the Holy Monastery Mother of God "Pantanassa"|jurisdiction=[[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia|GOA Aus]]|
type=Male Monastery|
founded=1976|
superior=Abbot [[Stefanos Eusebios (Pantanassiotis)|StefanosEusebios]]|size=4 5 monks|
hq=Mangrove, New South Wales, Australia|
language=Greek|
music=[[Byzantine Chant]]|
calendar=[[Revised Julian Calendar|Revised Julian]]|
feasts=[[November 10|Nov 10]] (Metochion)<br>Bright Saturday (Monastery)|website=none advertised[http://www.pantanassa.org.au Official Website]
}}
The '''Monastery of the Holy Monastery Mother of God [[Panagia Pantanassa|"Pantanassa"]]''' (Queen of All) is a [[monasticism|monastic]] community for [[monk|men]] under the [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia]]. The monastery is located in MangroveCreek and Mangrove Mountain, New South Wales (west of Sydney), and was established in 1976 under the [[omophorion]] of His Eminence [[Archbishop]] [[Stylianos (Harkianakis) of Australia|Stylianos of Australia]]. The current [[abbot]] is [[Archimandrite]] [[Stefanos Eusebios (Pantanassiotis)|StefanosEusebios]]; there are currently 2 [[hieromonk|priestmonk]]s (including the abbot), one monk and one [[novice]] three monks in residence, along with six hieromonks who are serving in parishes across Australia but are associated with the monastery.
==TimelineHistory==In 1976, shortly after the beginning of Archbishop [[Image:Pantanassa_Logo_on_Gate.jpg|left|thumb|<center>"Holy Archdiocese Stylianos (Harkianakis) of Australia<br>Holy Monastery Mother of God the Queen of All"</center>|Stylianos]]*1976: ' tenure, the Archbishop establishes the Holy Monastery of the [[Transfiguration]] of our Lord established by , with [[ArchbishopArchimandrite]] [[Stylianos Stephanos (HarkianakisPantanassiotis) of Australia]] being the [[abbot]] and residing at St Arsenios [[metochion|StylianosHouse]]. The Brotherhood lives Fr Stephanos resigns from Vicar-General and devotes himself to the monastery, where he is widely sought out for confession; however, even though the monastery is situated in St Arsenios' Earlwood, Sydney, it is a principle of the monastery that no weddings or baptisms are celebrated there. [[metochionImage:Logo of Pantanassa Monastery.jpg|left|thumb|House"Holy Archdiocese of Australia<br>Holy Monastery Mother of God the Queen of All"]]In the early 1990s, the monastery has its first novices, and worships Fr Stephanos decides that an inner-city hermitage was no longer the an ideal situation. Building begins at Mangrove Mountain at a temporary site on the side of the mountain, below a 200m (approx. 680ft) cliff; it was anticipated that, once the temporary site was complete, construction would begin at permanent site on top of the Holy Transfiguration Monasterymountain.* In 1995: Monastery , the temporary site was complete, and the brotherhood moved from Sydney, New South Wales, to Lower Mangrove Mountain, New South WalesCreek. This caused Holy Transfiguration Monastery becomes to revert to a parish, and Archbishop Stylianos placed the brotherhood was given put under the patronage of the Mother of God "Pantanassa" ("Queen of All": formed by Archbishop Stylianostwo Greek words - Πάντα meaning All, Άνασσα meaning Queen) 1995 turned out to be a busy year. In the early 1990s, Fr Stephanos has a number of women who wished to pursue the monastic life; these women were, eventually, sent to a monastery in Greece. The Pantanassa brotherhood commenced living However, the desire to lead the monastic life in Australia was, after a small monastic complex on few years, accepted by Fr Stephanos, and so these four nuns made up the side first sisters of the mountain below a 200m (approx. 680 ft) cliff.*1995: The [[Monastery of the Holy Cross (MangroveMountain, AustraliaNew South Wales)|Monastery of the Holy Cross]], a female monastery under the guidance of Pantanassa Monastery, is established who began residence at St Arsenios' [[metochion|House]] with three nunsFr Stephanos as the spiritual father. Abbot Stefanos is the chaplain.*200x: The Monastery of the In 2003, Holy Cross Monastery moves to present location on Mangrove Mountain, 5km from Pantanassa Monastery, and St Arsenios becomes the Sydney metochion for Pantanassa Monastery.*2005 {{orthodoxyinaustralia}}What was planned to be a temporary site at Mangrove Creek, after numerous administrative setbacks, eventually became more permanent, with an iconography studio, extra cells and storeroom built near the original complex. However, the brotherhood never forgot that it was only supposed to be temporary; finally, on May 27: , 2005, having obtained local government permission, Pantanassa Monastery began excavation on the monastic site on top of the mountain. Mangrove Mountain, and Archbishop Stylianos announces announced an Australia-wide fundrasing fundraising campaign.*On July 16, 2005 Jul 16: The , the foundation stone of the new monastic main church ('katholikon') was laid at Pantanassa Monastery by Archbishop Stylianos, assisted by Bishop [[Seraphim (Ginis) of Apollonias|Seraphim]].*2005 Aug: Driveway Soon after, the driveway for the new monastic complex was finished, making possible the construction of the new complex. The first phase of this construction - the church and first part of the living quarters - was begun in February 2006. Construction continues and will continue for the foreseeable future.{{orthodoxyinaustralasia}}Around 2011, Elder Stephanos retired as abbot of the monastery, while remaining at the monastery; Hmk Eusebios succeeded him, being elevated to Archimandrite on [[September 14]] by Bp [[Iakovos (Tsigounis) of Militoupolis]] and subsequently enthroned as Abbot on [[September 17]], 2011.
==Monastic Complex==
After moving to become the Pantanassa Monastery in 1995, the Brotherhood built a small site to live in until they built the complex that would be the monastery. In 2005, the Brotherhood, after numerous difficulties, began construction excavation at this site, located 50 metres from cliff-face; in 2006, construction began and is scheduled to continue through much of the year.
===Current Monastic Complex===
Currently the Brotherhood lives, works and prays at a small monastic complex on the side of Mangrove Mountain, below a 200 metre cliff, where there is a small chapel dedicated to Sts [[Ephrem the Syrian|Ephraim ]] and [[Isaac the Syrian|Isaac]] the Syrians, living quarters sufficient for the monks, an iconography studio (the primary source of income), a [[candle]]-making factory, St. Joseph's joinery workshop. Other structures from the complex include a secluded cabin named after [[Elder]] [[Paisios (Eznepidis)|Paisios the Athonite]] (+1994), a set of beehives, a timber cabin used for confessional and bookshop, an outdoor chapel with a 6 metre timber [[crucifix ]] used during the [[Bartholomew I (Archontonis) of Constantinople|Ecumenical Patriarch]]'s 1996 visit, and a cave dedicated to St. [[Joachim and Anna|Anna]]. There are also numerous dams on the property for water, the largest dam being adjacent to St. [[Patrick of Ireland|Patrick]]'s fields. [[Image:pantanassaicon.jpg|left|thumb|Icon of the Mother of God "Pantanassa"]]
===New Monastic Complex===
Building works started on the new monastic complex site at the top of the mountain on 27 May 2005. The preparatory works began with excavating the mountain to provide three flat levels for buildings to go on, which were completed by the July 2005 foundation ceremony. During further excavation, a 400 metre (~1350 ft) driveway through forest to the building site was constructed and completed in August 2005. There are three stages involved in the construction of the new monastic complex:
# Includes Currently being completed; includes the new chapel, and the first section of the living quarters, sufficient for the present number of monks. # Includes the remainder of the living quarters for the monksand the office.# Includes the iconography studioand guest accomodation.*:*Other structures include the office, the confessional, the library, guest accomodation, and the refectory (opp. entrance of church, adj. to main entry).
The new monastic complex is designed to have the layout and aesthetics of a traditional [[Mount Athos|Athonite]] monastery by having the main church in the middle of a cloistered quadrangle. This formation is intended to have a fortress effect, by appearing solid and uninviting to outsiders, its few openings giving little opportunity for interaction; whereas to those welcomed into the complex, having a softer style of architecture and opening with a continuous arched cloister and details reminiscent of Athonite structures.
==Bibliography and Links==
*Pantanassa Monastery, "The Building of a Monastery", in <i>[http://www.tovema.com.au The Greek Australian VEMA]</i>, June 2005, page 12/30.
*[http://homewww.itgreekorthodox.comnet.au/~jgrapsas/pages/Pantanassa.htm Holy Monastery of PantanassaAppeal Site] (monastery appeal site) ==External links==*[http://homewww.itpantanassa.comorg.au/~jgrapsas/Ikons/model.jpg Model of Monastery (after construction)Official Website
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