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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 the parish council 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, Bishop 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, many 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 priest in the Antiochian Orthodox Diocese of Australia, to be elevated to Archimandrite. During this time, he continued to serve at St Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church, East Melbourne.
Archimandrite Nabil, with Fr Dimitri Baroudi, reinvigorated the Sunday School, established a youth group and a senior citizen's group, and provided strong representation of the Antiochian Orthodox Church in a number of inter-faith forums. In 1999, Archim. Nabil was elected president of the Victorian Council of Churches, the first Orthodox to be so.
Move to Sydney
In 2003, Archim. Nabil permanently moved to Sydney to continue his work with parishes in Sydney, and was appointed Vicar-General of the Archdiocese. On the 28th August, 2005, Archimandrite Nabil commenced duties as Dean of St. George Cathedral, Sydney, replacing Fr Nicolas Mansour who retired after 42 years of priestly service at the Cathedral.
|Vicar-General of the Antiochian Orthodox
Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand
Fr Nicholas Mansour
|Dean of St George Cathedral, Sydney (Antiochian)