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ROCOR: Australian and New Zealand Diocesan Council Meeting March 2016

On Thursday 3 March 2016, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion hosted meetings at his residence in Croydon, NSW, of the Spiritual Council, the Board of the Russian Orthodox Church (NSW) Property Trust, and the Diocesan Council. In addition to Metropolitan Hilarion, participating in this full day of meetings were His Grace Bishop George and Diocesan Council members Mitred Archpriests Michael Protopopov ... Read More »

Cossacks confront man accused of destroying Orthodox graves at Sydney’s Rookwood cemetery

Nick Ralston – Crime Editor The Sydney Morning Herald – March 24, 2016 It is one way to get noticed – fronting up to a Sydney courthouse dressed in military uniforms saying you’ve brought a message from Russian President Vladimir Putin. So on Thursday four members of Sydney’s Cossack community, dressed in military garb went to Burwood Local Court to confront ... Read More »


By Archbishop Stylianos of Australia     I had mentioned recently, in a previous issue of our magazine, that it would sometimes perhaps be more edifying and consoling (for the majority of readers) to present some specific descriptions of the astonishing examples of ‘holiness’ among our people here, whom I have known personally, rather than go through theoretical analyses of ... Read More »

St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College: 30th Anniversary Celebrations

St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College celebrated the thirtieth anniversary of its establishment in 1986 with two special events. The first was an official dinner held at the invitation of His Eminence at the Cyren Restaurant, Darling Harbour, on 28 February, that welcomed more than 400 people from parishes, communities, schools and organisations across NSW. In addition to His Eminence, ... Read More »

Doxology to mark the commencement of the new Academic Year

On 18 February, St Andrew’s Theological College commenced its thirty-first academic year with its annual Doxology Service in the College Chapel of St John the Evangelist and Theologian. The service was officiated by the Dean, His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos of Australia. At the conclusion of the service, His Eminence welcomed the Sub-Dean, His Grace Bishop Seraphim of Apollonias, the faculty ... Read More »

Opening of the Law Term Service in NSW

On Tuesday 16 February 2016, at the Cathedral of the “Annunciation of our Lady”, His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos conducted the Service for the Opening of the Law Term 2016 in NSW. Dignitaries present were: His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church of Australia His Grace Bishop Irinej of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Australia and New Zealand ... Read More »

Private visit of Governor General to the Greek Orthodox Church of Archangel Michael, Crows Nest (NSW)

On Sunday 24th January 2016 the Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove made a private visit to the Greek Orthodox Church of Archangel Michael, Crows Nest (NSW). His Excellency was accompanied by Lady Cosgrove and their friends from the north shore parish, Michael and Anastasia Houvardas. The parish priest, Fr John Daskalakis, who celebrates 50 years this year servicing this parish ... Read More »

Professional Development Day for Teachers of our Greek Orthodox Day Schools in Sydney

At the initiative of the Greek Orthodox Board of Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, a Professional Development Day for the teachers of the three Greek Orthodox day schools in Sydney took place on Wednesday 27th January, 2016 at St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox College in Redfern. This event was attended by over 200 teachers, including the Chair of ... Read More »

St Andrew’s Grammar: A School of Academic Excellence

St. Andrew’s Grammar, a K-12 Greek Orthodox School in Perth, Western Australia has been ranked among the top academic schools in the State based on 2015 Year 12 ATAR results. St. Andrew’s achieved 13th position in Western Australia out of 165 schools on the comparative table that features the top schools based on the percentage of students with course scores ... Read More »

ROCOR Australia: Pastoral Conferences 2015

For many years it has been customary for the clergy of the Australian-New Zealand Diocese to gather together during Great Lent to discuss matters of pastoral concern and liturgical practice.  In recent years, it has become usual for such gatherings to be held in conjunction with the annual Diocesan youth activities during December. In December 2015, clergy from all four ... Read More »