Orthodoxy in Australia

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From the first Divine Liturgy celebrated at Kirribilli Point (Sydney) in 1820, the first Exarch in 1913, and Australia and New Zealand's first bishop in 1924, right to the present day, Orthodoxy in Australia has a short history that is extremely undocumented and, therefore, largely unseen.

This article seeks to be a clearinghouse of information and links regarding the history and state of Orthodox Christianity in Australia.



With Local Bishop

Without Local Bishop

With an irregular status

  • Macedonian Orthodox Diocese of Australia and New Zealand: As part of the Macedonian Orthodox Church, this diocese is not in full communion with any of the mainstream Orthodox Churches. This diocese is headed by His Grace Petar, Metropolitan of Australia and New Zealand.
  • Autocephalic Greek Orthodox Church of America and Australia: Formed out of a schism with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia with the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia (GOCSA). This church is not in communion with any of the mainstream Orthodox Churches.
  • Holy Orthodox Metropolis of Australia & Oceania - Holy Synod of the Church of Greece (OC): Originally community churches in disagreement with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia. For a time these parishes were part of the Autocephalic Greek Orthodox Church of America and Australia. The Metropolis currently contains the parishes who did not leave the omophorion of Abp Serafeim, and remains under His Beatitude Abp Serafeim of Athens (assisted by auxiliary Metropolitan Christodoulos of Neon Patron]] - 6 parishes or communities in Australia and 4 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Although this Metropolis is not in communion with any of the mainstream Orthodox Churches, they are recognised by the Greek Government as they are ecclesiastically under the Holy Synod Of the Church of Greece (Patristic Calendar), who are registered & recognised as an Orthodox ecclesiastical church body by the Greek Government. By decree and issuing of a TOMOS by the Holy Synod in Greece (Protocol no. 134 31/1/2012) the newly formed Metropolis & Parishes in Australia under 'economia' are allowed to follow the Gregorian calendar, with some new parishes also being established which will follow the Julian Calendar. There are also also parishes & communities of the Metropolis in Victoria & South Australia.
  • Holy Synod in Resistance - Diocese of Sydney and New South Wales: This diocese, under Metropolitan Cyprian of Oropos and Fili, is not in communion with any of the mainstream Orthodox Churches. Previously headed by His Eminence Chrysostomos, Bishop of Sydney and New South Wales & Exarch of Australia (then consisting of 2 parishes), the current locum tenens is Bp Ambrose of Methone, and consists of four parishes and one monastery.

Previously in Australia


Current Hierarchs

Other major figures

(Only major figures with articles are listed)

Organizations and Institutions

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Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia

Archdiocesan Organisations
Educational Institutions
St. Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theological College
Philanthropic Institutions
St. Basil's Homes | Estia Foundation | ProviCare Foundation
St. Andrew's Orthodox Press
Phronema | TO VEMA | The Voice of Orthodoxy
Byzantine Music
Byzantine Music School | Australian Byzantine Choir, NSW
Saint John of Damascus, SA | David the Psalmist, Vic.

Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines

Archdiocesan Organisations
Administrative Divisions
Deanery of New Zealand
Educational Institutions
Melbourne Institute of Orthodox Christian Studies
St. Paul's Theological Course of Studies



Parishes in Australasia and Oceania Flag of the United States
States and Territories of Australia Australian Capital Territory | New South Wales | Northern Territory |
Queensland | South Australia | Tasmania | Victoria | Western Australia
Islands and Territories of New Zealand North Island | South Island | Stewart Island | Tokelau
Countries in Melanesia East Timor | Fiji | New Caledonia | Papua New Guinea | Solomon Islands | Vanuatu
Countries in Micronesia Guam | Kiribati | Marshall Islands | Federated States of Micronesia | Nauru | Northern Mariana Islands | Palau
Countries in Polynesia American Samoa | Cook Islands | French Polynesia | Niue | Pitcairn | Samoa | Tonga | Tuvalu | Wallis and Futuna Islands

Orthodoxy in Australia: Monasteries
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia
Male: Pantanassa | St George | St John
Female: Gorgoepikoos | Holy Cross
Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia
Male: Holy Transfiguration | Archangel Michael
Proph. Elias | St John the Baptist | Holy Trinity
Female: Our Lady of Kazan | Presentation
Other Jurisdictions
Male: New Kalenic (Serbian) | St Sava (Serbian)
Female: St Anna (Antiochian) | Nativity Skete (Serbian)

See also

Orthodoxy in...
(Sub-Saharan Africa)
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(New Zealand)
United Kingdom

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