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{{orthodoxyinaustralasiaorthodoxyinaustralia}}Hieromonk '''Joachim (Ross)''' is the current [[superior ]] of [[St. John the Baptist Skete (Kentlyn, New South Wales)|St. John the Baptist Skete]], Kentlynin New South Wales, Australia.
==Short biography==
During January 1994, whilst on pilgrimage in Serbia, Fr Joachim went from Decani [[Monastery ]] to Black River Monastery and, through the intercessions of St Peter of Korisha, was relieved healed of his migranesmigraines.
Before his reception into [[ROCOR]], Hmk Joachim was at the former Protection of the Theotokos Skete, Tallong, NSW, under the [[omophorion ]] of the [[Serbian Orthodox Church in Australia and New Zealand|Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Australia and New Zealand]] (Patriarchal).
In 1999 Hieromonk Joachim received a [[canonical release ]] from the Serbian Orthodox Church to the ROCOR. He was invited by the current then diocesan [[bishop]], Archbishop [[Hilarion (Kapral) of Sydney|Hilarion]], to rebuild the Kentlyn [[Skete ]] and restore coenobitic [[cenobitic]] [[monasticism|monastic ]] life, as well as to provide a base for [[missionary ]] work amongst anglophonic Australians.
During the early part of the 2000s, Hmk Joachim, with a group of volunteers, put in four and a half years of work to clear the skete of rubbish and undergrowth, and to make buildings secure, habitable and weatherproof. Another task has been to clear the cave of the former superior, Fr [[Guri (Demidov)]], of the dirt and rubbish accumulated since his departure, and to make it stable. A floor has been laid, the walls strengthened, and icons [[icon]]s and a vigil lamp have been installed. Sanctified by Fr Guri, the first [[chapel ]] of the Skete has become a place of pilgrimage.
To accomplish the task set for Hmk Joachim, the Skete has obtained the blessing of Abbess Evpraxia to use the old monastery Church of All Saints in the neighbouring [[Monastery of Our Lady of Kazan Monastery (Kentlyn, New South Wales)|Our Lady of Kazan Monastery]]. A small, multinational [[congregation ]] has been built up, and the Divine Liturgy is served in English on Sundays and major feast days. During the week, the Skete has prayer according to the Hours of the Church.
During late October to early November 2004, Hmk Joachim concelebrates with Patriarch [[Pavle (Stojcevic) of Serbia]] in Canberra, during the Patriarch's visit to Australia.
==External links==
*[http://www.kosovo.net/stpeter.html The Life of Our Blessed Father Peter of Korisha], by Hmk Joachim, when he was a member of the Protection of the Theotokos Skete.
*[http://www.kosovo.net/miracle.html An account by Hmk Joachim] of a miracle that happened through the intercessions of St Peter of Korisha.
 
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