Timeline of Orthodoxy in New Zealand

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Pre-Diocesan Era

  • 1902: Church of Greece takes responsibility for Greek parishes in Australia from the Church of Jerusalem.
  • 1908: Ecumenical Patriarchate grants jurisdiction of Greek parishes in Australia to the Church of Greece.
  • 1910: Hmk Nicholas (Manavitch), the first Orthodox priest to reside in New Zealand,
  • 1911 Jan 11: First church in New Zealand, St Michael's, blessed in Dunedin by Fr Nicholas.
  • 1913: Fr Nicholas leaves New Zealand for Sydney, Australia. No priest is in New Zealand.
  • 1916: Fr Shehadie visits New Zealand for 2-3 months. Conducts services. After his departure there is, again, no priest in New Zealand.

Australasian Diocesean Era

  • 1924 Mar 7: Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Australia and New Zealand established by Ecumenical Patriarchate.
Jul 8: Metropolitan Christoforos (Knitis) of Australia and New Zealand arrives.
  • 1928: Metropolitan Christoforos (Knitis) leaves for Samos.
  • 1931 Sep 18: Timotheos (Evangelinides) elected Metropolitan of Australia and New Zealand by Ecumenical Patriarchate.
  • 1932 Jul 26: Metropolitan Timotheos (Evangelinides) arrives in Australia.
  • 1937: Archimandrite Antonius (Mobayed) stays in New Zealand for several months, transfers responsibility for church to local Anglican clergy as a temporary measure. Fr Antonius last visits New Zealand in 1939.
  • 1947 Apr 22: Archimandrite Theophylactos (Papathanasopoulos) elected Metropolitan of Australia and New Zealand by Ecumenical Patriarchate.
  • 1948 Nov: Bishop Theodore (Rafalsky) arrives in Australia.
  • 1958 Aug 2: Metropolitan Theophylactos (Papathanasopoulos) killed in car accident in Melbourne.
  • 1959 Apr 27: Metropolitan Ezekiel (Tsoukalas) of Australia and New Zealand arrives in Australia.
Sep 1: The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Australia and New Zealand becomes the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand, and Metropolian Ezekiel becomes Archbishop.
  • 1961: St Andrew's Brotherhood set up by Archbishop Ezekiel for the improvement of Archdiocesan services.
Jan: First Clergy-Laity Congress held in Sydney.
  • 1965: Second Clergy-Laity Congress held in Sydney.
  • 1969: Metropolitan Iakovos of Philadelphia arrives as Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

New Zealand Metropolis Era

Sep: Bishop Gibran ordains Fr Jack Witbrock to the diaconate and priesthood, and assigns Fr Jack to serve St Michael's in Dunedin. This he does for 12 years.
  • 1973 Antiochian Mission at Christchurch begins.
  • 1974 Dec 30: First Serbian Orthodox hierarch, Bishop Nikolai (Mrdja), enthroned.
May: Construction of St. Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theological College commences. College prepares to open in 1986.
  • 1986 Feb: St. Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theological College begins teaching.
  • 1992 Oct: Fr Ilyan Eades moves from Auckland to Dunedin to pastor St Michael's.
  • 1996: Orthodox Metropolitanate of Hong Kong and Southeast Asia established with the exarchates of Singapore, China, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore, taking India away from New Zealand. Nikitas (Lulias) made first metropolitan. New Zealand retains exarchates of Korea and Japan. Later, Moscow would protest the exarchate of China, and this exarchate would be dropped from the Metropolitanate's list.
  • 2000: Metropolitan Paul makes first archpastoral visit to New Zealand. Fr Jack Witbrock and Fr Ilyan Eades elevated to archpriest. Wellington mission begun (alternating Byzantine and Western rites), Fr Ian Nield named priest.
  • 2003: Metropolitan Dionysios (Psiahas) of New Zealand elected Metropolitan of Proussa; Joseph (Harkiolakis) elected Metropolitan of New Zealand, Exarch of Korea and Japan.
Jan: Fr Victor Didenco received into Antiochian Archdiocese.
July: New Zealand Deanery of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand created. Archpriest Jack Witbrock made Dean.
  • 2004: By decree of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Korea is raised to Metropolis, with exarchate of Japan. Sotirios (Trambas), former auxiliary bishop to the Metropolitan of New Zealand, elected first metropolitan.
  • 2005 Aug: Metropolitan Joseph submits his resignation from the see of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Zealand.
  • 2005 Oct: Amphilochios elected Metropolitan of New Zealand.

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