Melbourne Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies

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The Melbourne Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, Inc. (MIOCS) was established in 2003, with a view to offering the tertiary teaching of Orthodox theological studies to both Orthodox and non-Orthodox people. The first subjects were offered in 2004.

The Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand has had a large role in establishing and coordinating MIOCS, particularly through St. Anna's Convent, and does so with the ROCOR Dean of Victoria, Archpriest Michael Protopopov, and the priest of the Moscow Patriarchate parish in Melbourne, Fr Igor Filianovsky.

MIOCS is an affiliate body of the University of Melbourne, through its United Faculty of Theology (UFT) at Ormond College in Parkville, Victoria.

Students may study at an undergraduate, postgraduate or informal level.

Faculty and Current Lecturers

  • His Eminence Paul (Saliba) of Australia and New Zealand.
Metropolitan Archbishop of Australia and New Zealand, Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese
President of MIOCS, Nov 2005 to present.
  • Archpriest Michael Protopopov
Dean of Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia, ROCOR.
Deputy President of MIOCS
Lecturer in The Formative Years of the Church in 2008.
Nun of St. Anna's Convent, Preston, Victoria.
Secretary and Registrar of MIOCS.
  • Professor Trevor Batrouney.
Formerly treasurer of MIOCS, 2004-05, and president of MIOCS, 2005.
Visiting Lecturer in Immigration and the Orthodox Churches in Australia in 2008.
  • Dr Heshmat Keroloss.
Visiting Lecturer in Introduction to Orthodox Spiritual Life and Orthodox Spiritual Life in 2008.

Past Faculty and Lecturers

  • Archbishop Hilarion of Sydney. Visiting Lecturer in Church Slavonic in 2006.
  • Archimandrite Themistocles (Adamopoulo), PhD. Former Lecturer.
  • Fr Igor Filianovsky, Priest of the Holy Trinity Church (Moscow Patriarchate), Melbourne. Former Lecturer.
  • Fr Jovan Takovski. Visiting Lecturer in The Biblical Roots of the Doctrine of Theosis in 2006.
  • Dr Christos Galiotis, BTh (SAGOTC), PhD. Former president of MIOCS, 2004-05.

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