Diocese of Australia and New Zealand (ROCOR)
|Diocese of Australia and New Zealand (ROCOR)|
|Current bishop||Abp. Hilarion|
|Headquarters||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|Territory||Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Indonesia|
|Liturgical language(s)||Slavonic, English, Greek, Korean, Indonesian|
|Musical tradition||Russian Chant|
|Official 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 Hilarion (Kapral), 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.
The Diocese of Australia and New Zealand is a diocese within the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. Within the diocese, of which the Archbishop is the head and sole bishop, there are various deans who are in charge of one or more states. There are 24 parishes and communities, along with 6 monasteries and sketes across Australia, as well as 4 parishes and communities in New Zealand, and one mission-church 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.
In February 2005 His Grace Archbishop Hilarion received into the Diocese clergy and parishioners of the Indonesian Orthodox Church who were formerly under the jurisdiction of the Orthodox Metropolitanate of Hong Kong and Southeast Asia (Ecumenical Patriarchate), and there are now a growing number of parishes and mission centres scattered throughout Indonesia.
The Diocese of Australia and New Zealand, as a part of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, was involved in the process to reenter communion with the Church of Russia, but in more recent times has distanced itself from the process. The majority of laity and clergy in Australia are opposed to reunion with Moscow without substantial concessions from Moscow. Those concessions are not forthcoming in the latest version of the Act of Reunification proposed by Moscow and approved by four of the eight bishops of ROCOR in September 2006. Consequently, ROCOR is facing grave difficulties over this issue RH1.
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|Orthodoxy in Australia Timeline |
Orthodoxy in New Zealand Timeline
Gk Orthodox Archd. of ANZ
|GOA Aus - Abp Stylianos|
Antiochian - Met Abp Paul
ROCOR - Met Hilarion
Serbian - Bp Irinej
Romanian - Bp Michael
GOM NZ - Met Amphilochios
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- Archbishop Hilarion (Kapral) of Sydney, Australia and New Zealand.
- Archimandrite Daniel (Bambang Dwi Byantoro), head of the Indonesian Orthodox Church.
- Archpriest John Stukacz, dean of New South Wales (10 parishes)
- Archpriest Michael Klebansky, dean of Queensland (4 parishes)
- Archpriest Michael Protopopov, dean of Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia (14 parishes)
- Archpriest Nicholas Karipoff, dean of New Zealand (4 parishes)
- Priest Justin Kang, sole priest in South Korea.
Hierarchs in Australia
- Bishop Theodore (Rafalsky) of Sydney, 1948-1955.
- Bishop Philaret (Voznesensky) of Brisbane, 1963-1964.
- Bishop Sava (Rayevsky) of Sydney, 1955-1971.
- Bishop Constantine (Essensky) of Brisbane, 1967-1976.
- Archbishop Theodosius (Putilin) of Sydney, 1970-1980.
- Archbishop Paul (Pavlov) of Sydney, Australia and New Zealand, 1980-1995.
- Bishop Gabriel (Chemodakov) of Brisbane, Vicar of the Australian Diocese, 1996-1997.
- Archbishop Hilarion (Kapral), Archbishop of Sydney, Australia and New Zealand, 1996-present.
- RH1 Personal private conversation