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ROCOR – Diocesan Teen Retreat 2015

From 20-24 Dec, the Diocesan Teen Retreat was held on the Sunshine Coast in southeast Queensland, with the blessing of Metropolitan Hilarion and in the presence of Bishop George. The organising committee, headed by Priest Gabriel Lapardin, had selected Luther Heights as the place for almost 60 teens, travelling from near and far, to draw closer to God and develop connections ... Read More »

Rocor Australia: A meeting of the Diocesan Council is held

On Thursday 17 December the Diocesan Council convened in Croydon for its final meeting in 2015.  In attendance were His Grace Bishop George of Canberra; Mitred Archpriests Michael Protopopov and Nikita Chemodakov; Archpriests Nicholas Karipoff, Gabriel Makarov, and George Lapardin; Priest James Carles, Protodeacon Alexander Abramoff, Nicholas Nedachin, Alexander Bialocerkowski, Nicholas Wirubov and Lubov Cowall. The Diocesan Council heard the ... Read More »

Serbian Orthodox Leader Writes to Australian and New Zealand Foreign Ministers

Bishop Irinej of the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand writes to Foreign Ministers Julia Bishop of Australia and Murray McCully of New Zealand on preventing admission of “Kosovo” to UNESCO membership On 30th October 2015, writing on behalf of the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand of the Serbian Orthodox Church and their substantial Serbian communities, especially in Australia ... Read More »

St Andrew’s Grammar Gymnasium Project

St Andrew’s Grammar School in Dianella (WA) has joined Perth’s elite schools in creating a multi-million dollar modern sporting complex. In March 2015, the City of Stirling approved a $2 million gymnasium facility. The complex will be built next to an AFL size sports oval and the new Andrew and Maria Petrelis Amphitheatre. The Gymnasium caters for a range of ... Read More »

ROCOR Diocese of Australia and New Zealand receive their new shepherd

On Thursday 16 April at 5:45am AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time), His Grace Bishop George of Canberra arrived in Sydney to his new appointment as the Vicar of the Australian and New Zealand Diocese. Bishop George was greeted at the airport by Archpriest George Lapardin (dean of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral, Strathfield), Priest Gabriel Lapardin (rector of St Seraphim’s ... Read More »

Official Opening of the Taigum Child Care Centre

On Sunday 8th February 2015, His Grace Bishop Seraphim officially opened the St Paraskevi Child Care Centre and unveiled the Friendship Garden plaque at the Parish of St Paraskevi in Taigum, Queensland. The Child Care Centre is a not-for-profit activity of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and has capacity to hold up to 94 children. The Centre opened its ... Read More »

The Fantasy and Falseness of Russell Crowe’s film – “The Water Diviner”

THE WATER DIVINER: FANTASY NOT HISTORY By Dr Panayiotis Diamadis – Neos Kosmos English Edition: Saturday 10 January 2015 “Satan’s army: the dark side of The Water Diviner”, “Bizarre”, “Disgusting”, “Lies” and “Disgraceful”. –These are some of the responses to the depiction of Hellenes and Orthodox Christians in The Water Diviner, screenplay and novel by Andrew Anastasios and associates. Anastasios ... Read More »

Diatribe: Saint Demetrios

      Saint Demetrios’ popularity in the Orthodox faith as a warrior saint is strange considering the Church’s pacifist teachings  Dean Kalimniou – Neos Kosmos – 20 Oct 2014 The traditional iconography of some of the ‘warrior’ saints of the Orthodox Church has always disconcerted me a little. Saint Eustathios, Saint Minas, Saint George and Saint Dimitrios are invariably ... Read More »