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Mitko Machevski

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<!-- this needs to get bigger, then {{orthodoxyinaustralia}}-->V . Rev . Protopresbyter Fr '''Mitko Machevski''' is the [[parish]] [[priest]] of Saint Nicholas Church Bankstown, NSW, Australia, an Old Calendar, Slavonic usage, which is a parish of the [[Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, New Zealand, and All Oceania|Antiochian Archdiocese]]. He was born July 1954 in Ratevo, Yugoslavia, now known there as that uses the Republic of Macedonia[[Old Calendar]] and Church Slavonic.
Trained ==Biography==Mitko was born in July 1954 in Ratevo, Yugoslavia, in an area now locally known as the Republic of Macedonia. Mitko then received ecclesiastical training at Saint Kliment Ohridski Seminary for 5 years. Tertiary , and went on to tertiary studies in History at Skopje University. Married After his marriage to Zorka. Ordained , he was ordained in Macedonia into the [[Macedonian Orthodox Church| Autonomous Archdiocese of Ohrid]]. One Fr Mitko and Zorka have one daughter, Alexandra.
Sent In 1986, Fr Mitko was sent to Australia 1986. Served to serve in Rockdale, and then Queanbeyan while , during the episcopate of Metropolitan Timotji was diocesan bishop of in Australiaand New Zealand. After In 1996, after 10 years in Australia, he was granted a canonical letters of release from Met Timotji and went back returned to Macedonia for eight months.
Returned After eight months, Fr Mitko returned to Australia and entered secular employment. However, in 1998, he was invited by [[Bishop]] [[Gibran (Ramlawey) of Australia and New Zealand|Gibran]] to join the Antiochian Orthodox Diocese and serve at Saint Nicholas Church ([[Australian jurisdictions without a local bishop|OCA]]), Bankstown. He has remained there since, now as rector, while continuing to hold secular employment. In 2001, he was elevated to [[protopresbyter]] by [[Metropolitan Archbishop]] [[Paul (Saliba) of Australia and New Zealand| Paul]].
In 1998, invited by [[Bishop]] [[Gibran (Ramlawey) of Australia and New Zealand|Gibran]] to join the Antiochian Orthodox Diocese and serve at Saint Nicholas (OCA) Church Bankstown. Has remained there since, and is unsalaried Parish Priest. Elevated to [[protopresbyter]] by [[Metropolitan Archbishop]] [[Paul (Saliba) of Australia and New Zealand| Paul]] in 2001.==Quotes== Asked When asked why he changed to Antioch he says, "said:''I am Orthodox for religious reasons, not nationalistic ones. Antioch is not a nationalistic Church. Antioch is happy to allow the full diversity of languages, and usages, including the two calendars. I can be more Orthodox in Antioch than elsewhere." {{stub}}''
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