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Michael Shehadie

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Very Reverend Father '''Michael Shehadie''' was the succeeded his late father V Rev Fr [[Nicholas Shehadie]] as parish priest of Saint George [[Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, New Zealand, and All Oceania|Antiochian]] Orthodox Church, Redfern, NSW, Australia, serving 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 Our Lady of Balamand Theological School, (in what is now Lebanon), and then at the Saint Petersburg Theological Academy, Russia. His wife Hannah (nee Khoury) did not want Michael to be [[ordination|ordained]] at that time, so Michael became a chemist/herbalist.
He joined his father in Sydney, Australia, in 1925 with his wife Hannah and their two daughters Alexandra (Alice) (m. Mounir Doumani), and Paulette (m. Daniel Joseph). In Australia, Michael and Hannah then had another two children, Nicholas (later Sir Nicholas) (m. Marie Bashir, currently current Governor of NSW), and George (m. Carmel Wigan).
After the repose of his father in 1934, he accepted ordination to the [[priest]]hood and became parish priest of the Church of Saint George Redfern. After his ordination, the family then had one more child, Margaret (m. Morris Hanna).
He had such a traumatic time with a section of the community that his health was badly affected. He suffered a fatal heart attack in 1951 at the age of 56. He had secured the land for a replacement church, and the plans were drafted, but Fr Michael did not live to see them realised.
Following his demiserepose, the plans were put into effect and 'his' church was opened in 1954. Today this church is the Archdiocesan Cathedral.  {{start box}}{{succession|before=V Rev Fr [[Nicholas Shehadie]] Exarch|title=Parish Priest of Saint George Redfern, (in Sydney)<br>([[Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, New Zealand, and All Oceania|Church of Antioch]])|years=1934-1951|after=V Rev Fr [[Malatius Hussney (Sydney)|Malatius Hussney]] Exarch}}{{end box}} 
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