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Our Lady of Kazan Convent (Kentlyn, New South Wales)

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type=Female Monastery|
founded=1956|
superior=''vacant''Abbess Maria|size=15 7 nuns|
hq=Kentlyn, New South Wales, Australia|
language=Slavonic, English|
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The '''Our Lady of Kazan Convent''' (''Novoye Shamarino'') is a [[monasticism|monastic]] community for [[nun|women]] under the [[Diocese of Australia and New Zealand (ROCOR)|Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia]]. The monastery is located in Kentlyn, New South Wales, was established in 1956 under the [[omophorion]] of His Grace Bishop [[Sava (Rayevsky) of Sydney|Sava of Sydney]] by Mother Elena (Ustinov). Following the repose of Mother [[Evpraxia (Pustovalov)|Evpraksia]], the [[abbess]]y is currently vacantMother Maria was elected Abbess in 2007.
At the arrival of Hmk [[Joachim (Ross)]], Abbess Evpraksia allowed the use of the former monastery Church of All Saints to be used on Sunday and feastdays by [[St. John the Baptist Skete (Kentlyn, New South Wales)|St. John the Baptist Skete]].
==Brief history==
*1956 Jun 10: Mother Elena (Ustinov) and Novice Tatiana (Skorniakov) attended a ceremony where the foundations of the Russian Orthodox church in Cabramatta were laid.
:After this, Fr . [[Rostislav Gan]], previously a spiritual director of a convent in Harbin, China, was invited by Bishop Sava to begin a convent, named 'Novo Shamardino', after a convent in Russia descecrated by the Bolsheviks. The community was to be self-sufficient through looking after sick and frail; and was to be attached to the Cabramatta church.
:Between 1956 and 1960, Pdn Peter Grishaev donated 21 acres of land in Kentlyn for the establishment of a monastery. A drive to attract novices for a male monastery began, led by Hmk [[Dimitry (Obuhoff)]], yielded three novices.
*1959 Mar: By this time, it was decided that the time for a male monastery was not right. Hmk Dimitry was transferred to Melbourne, one novice went with him, one [[novice ]] was made to be in charge of the diocesan workshop and [[candle ]] factory, and the final novice did not persue monasticism.*1959 Mar: At the same time, it was decided that the space provided for the convent at Cabramatta was too crowded and impractical. They were moved to Kentlyn, retaining the feast of All Saints for their patron. In addition to Fr . Rostislav Gan, Archpriests Anthony Galushko and Ilya Pijov were appointed to conduct the daily cycle of services.*1961: Archpriest Anthony Galushko was unable to continue serving at the convent due to age. He was replaced by Fr . Timothy Klopoff.*1983: The [[chapel ]] and residence for the nuns was built. Our Lady of Kazan became the patronal feast for the convent.
*1984: Following the repose of Mother Elena, the founding abbess, the monastery chose Mother Evpraxia to assume this position.
*2006: Mother Evpraxia reposed on [[Old Calendar|6]]/[[New Calendar|19]] July 2006.
*Mother [[Elena (Ustinoff)]], 1956-1984.
*Mother [[Evpraxia (Pustovalov)]], 1984-2006.
*Mother Maria, 2006-present.
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==External linklinks==
*[http://www.rocor.org.au/directory/index.html Australian and New Zealand Directory: Parishes and Monasteries in Australia] (on ROCOR diocesan website)
*[http://www.russianorthodoxchurch.ws/english/pages/firsttier/monasteries.html ROCOR Directory of Monasteries]
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