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The '''Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and , New Zealandand the Philippines''', with headquarters in Sydney, is an [[archdiocese]] of the [[Church of Antioch]]. Its current [[primate]] is His Eminence [[Paul (Saliba) of Australia and New Zealand|Paul (Saliba)]], [[Metropolitan Archbishop]] of Australia and , New Zealandand the Philippines.
==History==
:''Full articleExpanded in: [[History of Antiochian Orthodoxy in Australasia]]''
The first wave of Syrian (now Lebanese) immigration was in the 1880-1890s, where work was found in hawking and peddling goods in the country areas of the eastern states of Australia. The first places of worship were in Sydney and Melbourne, with a Greek speaking priest who also spoke Arabic and, sometimes, Russian. The Antiochian Orthodox faithful took part in the construction of both Holy Trinity, Sydney, and Holy Annunciation, Melbourne.
In 1999, Bp Gibran reposed. The Holy Synod of Antioch, having raised Australia and New Zealand to an Archdiocese, consecrated Archim. Paul (Saliba), the Antiochian Orthodox parish priest of St. George Church in Washington DC, as the Metropolitan Archbishop of the new Archdiocese. His tenure has seen a rapid growth of parishes, clergy and the use of English in the Divine Liturgy of Antiochian Orthodox parishes.
From ten parishes at his enthronement in late 1999, the total at the end of eight years of Met. Abp Paul's tenure , at the close of 2007, stands at approximately 34 parishes or missions and 1 monastery, including three English-language parishes in Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast, served by 42 clergymen, including two university chaplains [[chaplain]]s in Melbourne and the first Orthodox military chaplain in Australia. In 2008, a "historic moment in the history of...the Archdiocese" occurred, with the Archdiocese accepting two denominations in the Philippines, including over 30 religious leaders and 32 churches with ~6000 adherents, forming two vicariates in the Philippines (based in Davao and Manila, one for each former denomination). This event was especially marked by a change in the name of the Archdiocese to include 'Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines', with Met. Abp Paul as primate of all three [http://www.antiochianarch.org.au/NewsItem.aspx?i=38]. Notably, however, the Davao Vicariate would later leave the Antiochian Archdiocese and join [[ROCOR]] as [[Western Rite]] parishes. 
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 <!--==Recent events==The Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand is set to accept two denominations in the Philippines into the Archdiocese, including over 30 religious leaders and ~35 churches with ~6000 adherents. This has been heralded as a "historic moment in the history of the Patriarchate of Antioch and the Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand". There is also some evidence to suggest that Metr. Abp Paul is now the primate for the Philippines. [http://www.antiochianarch.org.au/NewsItem.aspx?i=38]-->
==Organisation==
The Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese is a single archdiocese spanning a number of countries. The Archbishop resides in Australia, and there is a Deanery for New Zealandand a Vicariate in the Philippines. There are 25 [[parish]]es and missions across Australia, 8 parishes and missions in the Deanery of New Zealand, approximately and 32 parishes and missions in the Philippines; the Archdiocese estimates (2005) indicate ~37,500 490 active congregants, and approximately 120,000 adherents, in the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand. The Archdiocese also has one female monastery of [[St. Anna Convent (Preston, Victoria)|St Anna]] there are ~3,000 adherants in Victoriathe Philippines, co-founded while the multi-jurisdictional [[Melbourne Institute of Orthodox Christian Studies]] and runs the [[St. PaulPrime Minister's Theological Course of Studies|St Paul's Theological Course of Studies]]estimate (2007) is that there are ~120,000 Antiochian Orthodox adherants in Australia.
The Antiochian Orthodox Diocese Archdiocese also has one female monastery of Australasia [[St. Anna Convent (as it was then calledPreston, Victoria) was a founding member |St Anna]] in Victoria, co-founded the multi-jurisdictional [[Melbourne Institute of Orthodox Christian Studies]] and runs the [[Standing Conference St. Paul's Theological Course of Canonical Studies|St Paul's Theological Course of Studies]]. Many students of theology have been sponsored by the Archdiocese to study at Balamand University, at [[St. Vladimir's Orthodox Churches in AustraliaTheological Seminary (Crestwood, New York)|St Vladimir's Seminary]] which, according to USA, or through the St Stephen's Course of Studies in Orthodox Theology via the [[Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese, was moribund for a number House of years before becoming defunct in 2000Studies]].
The Antiochian Orthodox Diocese of Australasia (as it was then called) was a founding member of the [[Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Churches in Australia]] which, according to the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese, was moribund for a number of years before becoming defunct in 2000. The Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand (as it was then called) was a founding member of [[Eastern Hierarchs]], believing it to be an organisation working towards spreading the love of God throughout the whole mystery of His Church. It was part of the Episcopal Assembly of Orthodox Bishops in Oceania that met in 2010 in response to the Chambesy meeting.
==Administration==
===Current===
* Metropolitan Archbishop [[Paul (Saliba) of Australia and New Zealand|Paul (Saliba)]] of Australia and New Zealand.
**Vicar-General of Archdiocese, Dean of Cathedral: Right Reverend [[Archimandrite]] [[Nabil (Kachab)]].
**Dean of Australia: Archpriest [[George Nasr]].
**[[Deanery of New Zealand (Antiochian)|Dean of New Zealand]]: [[Archpriest]] [[Jack Witbrock]].
**Vicar of Manila: Archpriest Pascualito Monsato
===Bishops of Australia and New Zealand===
* Metropolitan Archbishop [[Paul (Saliba) of Australia and New Zealand|Paul (Saliba)]], Primate of Australia and New Zealand, 1999-present.
==See alsoAlso==* [[Antiochian parishes Orthodoxy in AustralasiaAustralia]]*[[Orthodoxy in New Zealand]]*[[Orthodoxy in the Philippines]]
==External links==
* [http://www.antiochianarch.org.au Official website of the Archdiocese]
* [http://www.antiochianarch.org.au/Parishes.aspx Parishes of Archdiocese from the Diocesan website]
* [http://www.antiochian.org.nz Official website of the New Zealand Deanery]
* [http://www.antiochpat.org Official website of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch]
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