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Holy Transfiguration Monastery (Bombala, New South Wales)

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{{monastery|
name=Holy Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration|
jurisdiction=[[Diocese of Australia and New Zealand (ROCOR)|ROCORANZ]]|
type=Male Monastery|
founded=1982|
superior=Archimandrite Hieromonk [[Alexis Sergius (RosentoolShatrov)|AlexisSergius]]|size=3+ ~6 monks|
hq=Bombala, New South Wales, Australia|
language=English, Slavonic|
calendar=[[Julian Calendar|Julian]]|
feasts=[[August 6|6/19 August]]|
website=none advertised[http://www.holytransfigurationmonastery.org.au Holy Transfiguration]
}}
[[Image:Bombala1.jpg|thumb|left|Monastery Service, August 2005]]
The '''Holy Transfiguration Monastery''' is a [[monasticism|monastic]] community for [[monk|men]] under the [[Diocese of Australia and New Zealand (ROCOR)|Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia]]. Originally established as a skete under the [[omophorion]] of His Eminence Archbishop [[Paul (Pavlov) of Sydney|Paul of Sydney]], it has since been made a monastery, all the while under the abbacy of [[Archimandrite]] [[Alexis (Rosentool)|Alexis]]. In August 2010, Archimandrite Alexis retired as abbot; he was succeeded by Hieromonk [[Sergius (Shatrov)]], with Fr Alexis as spiritual father[http://www.russianorthodoxchurch.ws/synod/eng2010/8ensynodteleconf.html]. There are currently 6 monastics in residence.
==The Monastery==The monastery is currently situated in Bombala, which is near the Snowy Mountains and 2 hours from Canberra, with over 100 acres of land. There are currently three priest-monks (Archimandrite Alexis, Hieromonk [[AbbotMakary (Ericksen)|Makary]] Alexis, Hieromonk Makary and Hieromonk [[Sergius (Shatrov)|Sergius]]) in residence, along with a<!--n unknown--> small number of novices.
During feastdays of the monastery, approximately 80-180 people (depending on the day of week) attend, with the liturgic celebrations done by the ROCOR Archbishop, with ROCOR and Serbian clergy. At the [http://www.russianorthodoxchurch.ws/01newstucture/pagesen/news04/bombala.html feastday in 2004], there were four monks or novices in residence. During the [http://www.russianorthodoxchurch.ws/01newstucture/pagesen/news05/Bombala_e.html 2005 feast day celebrations], Monk Sergius was ordained to the diaconate and then to the priesthood, and there were six monks or novices in residence.
==About the AbbotArchimandrite Alexis==
After several years service at the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem, being the superior twice, Archimandrite '''Alexis (Rosentool)''' came to Australia and founded Holy Transfiguration Skete. He is an experienced iconographer, having studied under Archimandrite [[Kyprian (Pyzhov)]], completing the fresco on the ceiling of the Nativity of St John the Forerunner Church, Canberra. He has given lectures at various Russian and Serbian youth conferences, including at [[Monastery of Our Lady of Kazan (Kentlyn, New South Wales)|New Shamordino]], 1982, and the 38th Russian Youth Conference in Melbourne, 2002.
{{orthodoxyinaustralasiasmall}}==Contact Details==Telephone: (02) 6458 3009{{AusMonStub}}
==External link==
*[http://www.rocorholytransfigurationmonastery.org.au/display/HTM/Home Official monastery website]]*[http://directory.stinnocentpress.com/indexviewparish.html Australian cgi?Uid=319&lang=en ROCOR Parish and New Zealand Clergy Directory: Parishes and Monasteries in Australia] (on ROCOR diocesan website)listing.
*[http://www.flickr.com/photos/kadj/sets/811751/ Holy Transfiguration Monastery Feast Day] - Photos on Flickr.com
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