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Very Reverend Father Michael Shehadie was the parish priest of St George Antiochian Orthodox Church from 1934-1951.
Michael Shehadie was born in Lebanon in 1895, the second child of Fr Nicholas and Khourieh Alexandra Shehadie. Growing up there, he studied at Balamand, Lebanon, and then in Russia; however, his wife Hannah did not want Michael to be ordained at that time. Michael chose to become a chemist/herbalist.
He arrived in Sydney, Australia, in 1925 with his wife Hannah and his two daughters Alexandra and Paulette. Michael and Hannah then had two more children, Nicholas and George, born in Australia.
After the repose of his father in 1934, however, he accepted ordination to the priesthood and became parish priest of the Church of St George. After his ordination, he had one further child, Margaret.
It was while Fr Michael was parish priest that the church lease from the government expired and the land was resumed to build a housing estate. Fr Michael worked closely with the NSW Government to find a new site and, after some setbacks, they were granted land at the corner of Walker and Cooper Sts, Redfern, where the church—now cathedral—stands today.
Fr Michael Shehadie worked on the new church, but only lived to see it approved, not built. In 1951 he reposed suddenly. The new church was completed in 1953.
V Rev Fr Nicholas Shehadie Exarch
|Parish Priest of Saint George Redfern, (in Sydney)
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V Rev Fr Malatius Hussney Exarch