Macedonian Orthodox Diocese of Australia and New Zealand

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The Macedonian Orthodox Church was originally represented in Australia by community churches only.

Later a diocese was established for Australia but the bishops had difficulty convincing the trustees of the community properties to hand over these various properties to the diocesan bishop.

The diocese is currently administered (2006) by Metropolitan Petar who is ruling bishop of the diocese of Prespa and Pelagonia, seated at Bitola in Macedonia (FYROM).

Metropolitan Petar usually visits Australia for about one month a year.

Most of his time in Australia is taken up with savage expensive long running court proceedings he initiated over "Church" property.

There are many community parishes which have not accepted "the imposition of an absentee landlord", as they describe it when being polite.

Following the usual Eastern Orthodox pattern outside the mother countries, the Macedonian community in Australia has been very effectively split into two warring camps by the activities of the successive bishops administering the diocese of Australia.

Both diocesan and community entities are listed below.

Parishes, Monasteries, and Centres, in Australia

Australian Capital Teritory

Macedonian Orthodox Church “Saint Kliment of Ohrid