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Parishes in Australia (OCA)

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History: Clarification
== History ==
In 1971, in a split from [[Diocese of Australia and New Zealand (ROCOR)|ROCOR]], a group of Orthodox faithful applied to the Orthodox Church in America for acceptance. A parish was formed in Bankstown, NSW, in 1971, under the rectorship of Archimandrite [[Veniamin (Garshin)]] and under the patronage of St Nicholas. A second parish in Brisbane, Holy Annunciation Church, was also formed under the rectorship of Fr [[Gregory Malisheff]].
In 1977 a third groupingSaint Nicholas Parish in Bankstown, later named the Australian Orthodox Fraternity of St MichaelNSW, was formed in Sydney for 1959 and worshipped in premises the purpose of purchasing and organising another parish, parishioners built on land leased from NSW Government Railways. In 1971 it was under the rectorship of Fr Archimandrite [[Michael MersherVeniamin (Garshin)]]. In November who had resigned as dean of that year, Mr Verjbitsky contacted the Uniting Church ROCOR Cathedral in Sydney and was offered a surplus Presbyterian church in Homebushdeparted from that jurisdiction. The building was made suitable At that time they petitioned OCA for Orthodox worship, including an iconostasis, on [[January 26]], 1978their acceptance under the omophorion of the OCA Metropolitan. Fr Michael Their petition was the rector from 1978-80, Fr [[Theodore Michaluk]] from 1980-86, Fr Leopold in 1986, and Fr [[Igor Chlabicz]] from 1987 to the presentquickly granted.
A second parish in Brisbane, Holy Annunciation Church, was formed under the rectorship of Fr [[Gregory Malisheff]] and following the example of the Bankstown parish petitioned OCA and was also quickly accepted. In 1977 a third group, later named the Australian Orthodox Fraternity of St Michael, was formed in Sydney for the purpose of purchasing and organising another parish, under the rectorship of Fr [[Michael Mersher]]. In November of that year, Mr Verjbitsky contacted the Uniting Church and was offered a surplus Presbyterian church in Homebush. The building was made suitable for Orthodox worship, including an iconostasis, on [[January 26]], 1978. Fr Michael was the rector from 1978-80, Fr [[Theodore Michaluk]] from 1980-86, Fr Leopold in 1986, and Fr [[Igor Chlabicz]] from 1987 to the present. Following the repose of Archim. Veniamin in 1994, the Orthodox Church in America was unable to supply a replacement priest for the Bankstown parish. The parish council of St Saint Nicholas approached the Antiochian Orthodox Bishop [[Gibran (Ramlawey) of Australia and New Zealand|Gibran]] and asked if he was able to supply a priest who could celebrate in Slavonic. Hieromonk Andrija (Zoran) Vujisić and later Fr Nicholas Gan assisted on a temporary basis until Fr [[Mitko Machevski]] was appointed and commenced services at St Nicholas on 10 August 1996.
The parish later formally changed jurisdictions to the [[Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand]]. Fr Mitko was appointed rector of the parish, which continues to use Church Slavonic and follow the [[Julian Calendar]].
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