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The Right Reverend Archimandrite Nabil (Kachab) is the Dean of St. George Cathedral, Sydney; the Vicar-General of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand; and the co-ordinator of St. Paul's Theological Course of Studies in Sydney.
Previous to the priesthood, Fr Nabil was president of St Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church, Melbourne. After this, he was ordained to the diaconate in 1993, serving at St Nicholas.
In the same year, Archbishop Gibran of Australia and New Zealand, Fr Dimitri Baroudi (priest of St Nicholas, 1990-present) and Dcn Nabil organised a Forum at St Nicholas, most of whom were priests. This forum inspired many conversions from the Anglican Church to the Orthodox, usually finding a home at St. Nicholas. These included Virginia Hutchinson (now at St. Anna Convent), Fr Raymond Smith (with his congregation of 50 families on the Gold Coast), Fr Ted Doncaster (priest of St Anthony the Great, Perth), Fr George Robinson (in Canberra, now in ROCOR), Fr Geoffrey Harvey (priest of the Good Shepherd Mission, Melbourne), and the late Fr Columba Radford (serving the Western Rite parish of St Cuthbert's, Melbourne).
In 1997, Dcn Nabil was ordained to the priesthood; closely followed by his 1998 elevation to Archimandrite. This made him the first person in the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese to have been elevated to Archimandrite in Australia. During this time, he continued to serve at St Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church.
Archimandrite Nabil, with Fr Dimitri Baroudi, reinvigorated the Sunday School, established a youth group and a senior citizen's group, and had strong representation of the Antiochian Orthodox Church in a number of inter-faith forums. In 1999, Archim. Nabil was elected president of the Victorial Council of Churches, the first Orthodox to do so.
Move to Sydney
After 2002, Archim. Nabil moved to Sydney to continue his work with parishes in Sydney, and was made Vicar-General of the Archdiocese. On the 28th of August, 2005, Archimandrite Nabil was appointed Dean of St. George Cathedral, replacing Fr Nicholas Mansour who had retired due to illness.
|Vicar-General of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand
Fr Nicholas Mansour
|Dean of St George Cathedral, Sydney (Antiochian)