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Diocese of Australia and New Zealand (ROCOR)

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founded=''unknownby''1948|bishop=[[Hilarion (Kapral) of SydneyNew York|AbpMetr. Hilarion]]|
hq=Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
territory=Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Indonesia|
language=Slavonic, English, GreekIndonesian, Korean, Indonesian|
music=[[Russian Chant]]|
calendar=[[Julian Calendar|Julian]]|
([ Census 2001])|
website=[ Diocese of Aust. & NZ]
The '''Diocese of Sydney, Australia and New Zealand''' of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, headquartered in Sydney, is a [[diocese]] of the [[Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia]]. Its current [[primate]] is His Grace Eminence [[Hilarion (Kapral) of SydneyNew York|Hilarion (Kapral)]], both First Hierarch of [[ROCOR]] and [[Archbishop]] of Sydney, Australia and New Zealand.
*The first Russian [[parish ]] established in Australia and New Zealand was St. Nicholas Church (now Cathedral), Brisbane, in 1926.*The first ROCOR [[bishop ]] of Australia and New Zealand was Bp Theodore (Rafalsky), 1948-55.
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The Diocese of Australia and New Zealand is a diocese within the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. Within the diocese, of which the Archbishop Metropolitan Hilarion is currently the head and sole bishop, there are various deans who are in charge of one or more statesgeographic areas. There are 24 approx. 62 [[parish]]es and communitiesin the diocese, along with 6 including 17 [[monasticism|monasteries]] and [[skete]]s , across Australia, as well as 4 23 parishes and communities in Indonesia, 5 parishes and communities in New Zealand, and one mission-church parish (along with one monastic skete) in South Korea.
The Diocese of Australia and New Zealand of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia was a founding member of [[SCCOCA]], but later departed.
== Recent History ==
In February 2005 His Grace Archbishop Hilarion received into the Diocese clergy and parishioners of the On [[Gereja Orthodox Indonesia|Indonesian Orthodox ChurchJuly 4]] who were formerly under , 2009, the jurisdiction First Hierarch of the [[Orthodox Metropolitanate ROCOR, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Hong Kong Eastern America and Southeast Asia]] ([[Church New York, Archbishop of Constantinople|Ecumenical Patriarchate]])Sydney, and there are now a growing number of parishes and mission centres scattered throughout Indonesia. The Diocese of Australia and New Zealand, as consecrated a part of the new [[Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russiachurch]], is involved in the process to reenter communion with the [[Church honor of Russia]].[][] The majority St John of laity Shanghai and clergy in Australia support reunion with Moscow. However a small minority are opposed to reunion and are demanding substantial concessions from Moscow despite the manifest visible changes and public declarations of the Church in Russia, now free from state control, since the fall of the Soviet Union.[]Patriarch Alexey of Russia in 1993 made a statement of public repentance San Francisco specifically for the murder of the Royal Martyrs by the CommunistsOrthodox Australian AboriginalsOn September 6, 2006 The Synod of Bishops of ROCOR decreed their confirmation and approval This event is symbolic of the revised Act of Canonical Unity and instructed the Commission on Discussion with the Moscow Patriarchate to work jointly with the Moscow Patriarchate to work out details of the official signing of the Act. [] Subsequently on September 11, 2006 The Synod of Bishops of ROCOR published on ROCOR's website a clarification of their decision to confirm and approve the Act. [] Patriarch Alexy II new era of Moscow and All Russia acknowledged the missionary work of in the commissions Australian and declared that the act New Zealand Diocese where a significant portion of reunification, while moving in the right direction, will take time. []  Both the Moscow Patriarchate its parishioners and the [[Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russiaclergy]] published on their respective websites the final full text are converts to Orthodoxy of the Act of Canonical Unity [] with all relevant supporting documents [] [] on November 1, 2006. The Act having been approved by both the Moscow Patriarchate and ROCOR, all that remains left for each to do is work out the confirmation and enactment, which is expected to take place sometime in 2007. [http://www.interfaxnon-religionRussian]   
== The Episcopacy ==
===Diocesan Bishop===
* Archbishop Metropolitan [[Hilarion (Kapral) of SydneyNew York|Hilarion (Kapral)]] of New York and Eastern America, Archbishop of Sydney, Australia and New Zealand.**Archimandrite [[Daniel (Bambang Dwi) Byantoro|Daniel (Bambang Dwi Byantoro)]], head of the [[Gereja Orthodox Indonesia|Indonesian Orthodox Churchmission (ROCOR)]](23 parishes).**Archpriest John Stukacz[[Michael Protopopov]], Vicar-General of the Diocese, and dean of New Victoria, Tasmania, South Wales Australia and Western Australia (10 16 parishes)**Archpriest Michael Klebansky[[Nikita Chemodakov]], dean of Queensland New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory (4 18 parishes)**Archpriest [[Michael ProtopopovKlebansky]], dean of Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia Queensland (14 5 parishes)**Archpriest Nicholas Karipoff[[Vladimir Boikov]], dean of New Zealand (4 6 parishes)**Priest Justin Hieromonk [[Paul (Kang)]], sole priest in South Koreahead of the Korean Orthodox Mission (1 parish).
===Hierarchs in Australia===
* Bishop [[Philaret (Voznesensky) of New York|Philaret (Voznesensky)]] of Brisbane, 1963-1964.
* Bishop [[Sava (Rayevsky) of Sydney|Sava (Rayevsky)]] of Sydney, 1955-1971.
* Bishop [[Anthony (Medvedev) of San Francisco|Anthony of Melbourne]], 1956-1968
* Bishop [[Constantine (Essensky) of Richmond|Constantine (Essensky)]] of Brisbane, 1967-1976.
* Archbishop [[Theodosius (Putilin) of Sydney|Theodosius (Putilin)]] of Sydney, 1970-1980.
* Archbishop [[Paul (Pavlov) of Sydney|Paul (Pavlov)]] of Sydney, Australia and New Zealand, 1980-1995.
* Bishop [[Gabriel (Chemodakov) of Manhattan|Gabriel (Chemodakov)]] of Brisbane, Vicar of the Australian Diocese, 1996-1997.
* Archbishop Metropolitan [[Hilarion (Kapral) of SydneyNew York|Hilarion (Kapral)]], Archbishop of Sydney, Australia and New Zealand, 1996-present. [[Image:Hilarion_red_panagea.jpg‎]]
== External links ==
* [ Official Website of the Diocese]
* [ Official Website of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia]
* [ History of the Russian Orthodox Presence in Australia - 2.4MB file]
[[Category:Jurisdictions|Australia and New Zealand]]
[[Category:Orthodoxy in Australia]]
[[Category:Orthodoxy in New Zealand]]
[[Category:Dioceses|Australia and New Zealand]][[Category:ROCOR Dioceses|Australia and New Zealand]]
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