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Monastery of Pantanassa (Mangrove Mountain, New South Wales)

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The '''Monastery of the Holy Mother of God "Pantanassa"''' (Queen of All) is a [[monasticism|monastic]] community for [[monk|men]] under the [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia]]. The monastery is located in Mangrove, 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]] [[Stephanos (Pantanassiotis)|Stephanos]]; there are currently 2 [[hieromonk|priestmonk]]s (including the abbot), one monk and one [[novice]] in residence.
==TimelineHistory==*In 1976: , shortly after the beginning of Archbishop [[Stylianos (Harkianakis) of Australia|Stylianos]]' tenure, the Archbishop established the Holy Monastery of the [[Transfiguration]] of our Lord established by , with [[ArchbishopArchimandrite]] [[Stylianos Stephanos (HarkianakisPantanassiotis) of Australia|Stylianos]]. The Brotherhood lives in being the [[abbot]] and residing at St Arsenios' [[metochion|House]]. 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 Earlwood, Sydney, it is a principle of the monastery that no weddings or baptisms are conducted. 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 Mangrove Mountain, New South Wales. 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" by Archbishop Stylianos. 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 (Mangrove, AustraliaNew South Wales)|Monastery of the Holy Cross]], a female monastery, is established who began residence at St Arsenios' [[metochion|House]] with four nuns. Abbot Fr Stephanos of Pantanassa Monastery is as the spriritual of spiritual father of Holy Cross Monastery as well.*~ In 2003: The Monastery of the , Holy Cross Monastery moves to present location on Mangrove Mountain, about 5km from Pantanassa Monastery; St Arsenios becomes the Sydney metochion for Pantanassa Monastery.*2005 What was planned to be a temporary site, 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. , and Archbishop Stylianos announces an Australia-wide fundrasing fundraising campaign. On July 16, 2005, the foundation stone of the main church ('katholikon') was laid by Archbishop Stylianos, assisted by Bishop [[Seraphim (Ginis) of Apollonias|Seraphim]]. ==Recent events==
*2005 Jul 16: The foundation stone of the new monastic church was laid at Pantanassa Monastery by Archbishop Stylianos, assisted by Bishop [[Seraphim (Ginis) of Apollonias|Seraphim]].
*2005 Aug: Driveway for new monastic complex finished.
*2006 Feb: Construction anticipated to begin began on first phase.
*2006 Apr: Around the time of Pascha, construction of the main church ('katholikon') and a part of accomodation well under way. {{orthodoxyinaustralasia}}
[[Image:Logo of Pantanassa Monastery.jpg|left|thumb|"Holy Archdiocese of Australia<br>Holy Monastery Mother of God the Queen of All"]]
==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 excavation at this site, located 50 metres from cliff-face; in 2006, it is anticipated that construction will beginbegan.
===Current Monastic Complex===
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