Parishes in Australia (OCA)

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The Orthodox Church in America - Parishes in Australia is the grouping applied to the churches who, in 1971, left ROCOR and asked to be taken under the OCA's protection. It is directly under the Metropolitan of the OCA (currently Metropolitan Herman), and has two churches in Australia.

Parishes in Australia
Jurisdiction OCA
Diocese type Administrative District
Founded 1971
Current bishop Metr. Herman, administrator
See(s) n/a
Headquarters Syosset, New York State, USA
Territory Qld and NSW, Australia
Liturgical language(s) Slavonic and English
Musical tradition Russian Chant
Calendar Revised Julian, Julian
Population estimate unknown
Official website Parishes in Australia


Some history is provided on the OCA Parish Listing for St. Michael Orthodox Church

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The OCA Parishes in Australia is an administrative grouping of two churches.

  • Holy Annunciation Orthodox Church, Woolloongabba, Queensland.
  • St. Michael Orthodox Church, Homebush, New South Wales.

Other information

Originally, three parishes were formed out of this split in ROCOR: the above two, and the first, Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church, Bankstown, New South Wales, led by Archimandrite Veniamin.

Following the repose of Archim. Veniamin, the Orthodox Church in America was unable to appoint a replacement priest. Bp Gibran of the Antiochian Orthodox Diocese of Australia and New Zealand was approached by the parish council and asked if he could assist. He was able to supply a Slavonic usage priest, Fr Mitko Machevski.

Later, the parish formally changed jurisdiction and joined the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese, and then Fr Mitko Machevski was formally appointed parish priest. The parish continues its use of Church Slavonic in the Liturgy and continues to follow the Julian (Old) Calendar.

In 2004, at the instigation of Met Abp Paul, the parish purchased the land its church is built on from the NSW government. The property is held in trust for the parish by the Antiochian Orthodox Church Property Trust.

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The Episcopacy

Current Episcopacy

  • Metropolitan Herman (Swaiko) of Washington and New York, administrator of the parishes in Australia.

Previous Bishops

  • Sylvester (Haruns), Archbishop of Montreal and Canada, 1963-1981, administrator of the parishes in Australia, 1972-1981.

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