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Very Reverend Father '''Michael Shehadie''' was the parish priest of St George [[Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, New Zealand, and All Oceania|Antiochian]] Orthodox Church from 1934-1951.
Michael Shehadie was born in Lebanon in 1895, the second child of Fr [[Nicholas Shehadie|Nicholas]] and [[Khourieh]] Alexandra Shehadie. Growing up there, he studied at Balamand, Lebanon, and then in Russia; however, his wife Hannah did not want Michael to be [[ordination|ordained]] at that time. Michael chose to become a chemist/herbalist.
He arrived in Sydney, Australia, in 1925 with his wife Hannah and his two daughters Alexandra and Paulette. Michael and Hannah then had two more children, Nicholas
and George, born in Australia.
After the repose of his father in 1934, however, he accepted ordination to the [[priest]]hood and became parish priest of the Church of
St George. After his ordination, he had one further child, Margaret.
Fr Michael Shehadie worked on the new church, but only lived to see it approved, not built. In 1951 he reposed suddenly. The new church was completed in 1953.