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Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines

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Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, New Zealand, and All Oceania
Jurisdiction Antioch
Diocese type Archdiocese
Founded 1969
Current bishop Metr. Abp. Paul
See(s) Sydney
Headquarters Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Territory Australia, New Zealand, and All Oceania
Liturgical language(s) Arabic, Belarus, Bulgarian, English, Filipino, French, German, Greek (church), Greek (modern), Macedonian, Moldovan, Persian, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slavonic (Church), Ukrainian
Musical tradition Bulgarian, Byzantine, Russian & Znamenny Chant; Russian & Western Choral
Calendar Revised Julian and Julian Calendar (depending on parish)
Population estimate 7,525 (Defective Federal Census 2001); 37,490 (2005 internal Archdiocesan census of active congregants)
Official website Antiochian Archdiocese

The Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, New Zealand, and All Oceania, with headquarters in Sydney, is an archdiocese of the Church of Antioch. Its current primate is His Eminence Paul (Saliba), Metropolitan Archbishop of Australia, New Zealand, and All Oceania.

History

Recent History

Organisation

The Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese is a single archdiocese spanning a number of countries. The Archbishop resides in Australia, there is a Deanery for New Zealand, and presences in other countries of the region. There are 25 parishes and missions across Australia, 8 parishes and missions in the Deanery of New Zealand, and approximately 37,500 congregants in the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, New Zealand, and All Oceania. The Archdiocese also has one female monastery of St Anna in Victoria, and founded the multi-jurisdictional Melbourne Institute of Orthodox Christian Studies.

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. The Antiochian Archdiocese says that SCCOCA, after being moribund for quite a number of years, finally became defunct in the year 2000.

The Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, New Zealand, and All Oceania, was a founding member of Eastern Hierarchs. The Antiochian Archdiocese believes this is a friendly, effective organisation, working for the love of God spreading throughout the whole mystery of His Church.

The Episcopacy

Current Episcopacy

Bishops in Australia and New Zealand

  • Bishop Gibran (Ramlawey), Patriarchal Vicar of Australia, New Zealand, and All Oceania 1969-1999.
  • Metropolitan Archbishop Paul (Saliba), Primate of Australia, New Zealand, and All Oceania, 1999-present.

See Also