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Michael Shehadie

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Very Reverend Father '''Michael Shehadie''' succeeded his late father V Rev Fr was the [[Nicholas Shehadieparish]] as parish [[priest ] of Saint St. George [[Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand|Antiochian]] Orthodox Church, in Redfern, NSW, Australia, serving from 1934-to 1951. He had succeeded his late father V Rev. Fr. [[Nicholas Shehadie]] as the parish priest.
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 [[St. Petersburg Theological Academy, ]] in Russia. His wife Hannah (nee Khoury) did not want Michael to be [[ordination|ordained]] at that time, so Michael became a chemist/herbalist.
He In 1925, Michael 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 more children, Nicholas (later Sir Nicholas) (m. Marie Bashir, current Governor of NSW), and George (m. Carmel Wigan).
After the repose of his father in 1934, he accepted ordination to the [[priestordination]]hood to the priesthood and became the parish priest of the Church of Saint St. George in Redfern. After his ordination, the family then had one more an additional child, Margaret (m. Morris Hanna).
At the end of Following World War II , the Egyptian government offered Fr . Michael the position of Honorary Consul to Australia. Due to jealousy within the church community, and his devotion to the church, he had to declinethe offer. The Egyptian government would did not accept anyone else, so the position remained unfilled.
In 1949 , while Fr . Michael was the parish priest, the NSW New South Wales government decided to resume take back the land on which the church was built on to erect so that the Department of Housing could erect flats. Fr . Michael ensured with the NSW Minister, Clive Evatt, found that a suitable site would found close by to build a replacement church.
It was The times were a difficult time for Fr . Michael, as his father's church was demolished, and they . Until a new church could be built the community had to hold their services in the Sydney City Mission Hall in Redfern Street. Following his With Fr. Michael's continual pushingprodding, land was finally granted at the corner of Walker and Cooper Streets in Redfern, for the building of a replacement church.
He had such During this period Fr. Michael experienced a traumatic time with a section part of the parish community , trauma that affected his health was badly affected. He Do to the intensive atmosphere, he suffered a fatal heart attack in 1951 at the age of 56. He While Fr. Michael had secured the land for a replacement church, and the had building plans were drafted, but Fr Michael he did not live to see them realised.
Following his repose, the his plans were put into effect carried out and 'his' church was opened in 1954. Today this church is the Archdiocesan Cathedral.
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