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 »

How A Hindu From Fiji Became an Orthodox Priest

By Fr. Barnabas Nair Greetings to all my beloved Orthodox Christians. I am Fr. Barnabas from Labasa, the second largest island in Fiji. I am taking the opportunity to convey to you how I found the truth in the Orthodox Church. When I first met His Eminence Mr. Amphilochios on my island Vanua Levu in the city of Savusavu it ... Read More »

A Miracle of the Holy Cross in Fiji

By Metropolitan Amphilochios of New Zealand One day, on the second biggest Fiji island, Vanua Levu, the person in charge of the Mission for the island , Father Barnaby, along with the hieromonk Savvas visited the hospital at the city of Labasa in order to comfort a patient. As they were talking with the patient, they heard unnatural loud screams ... Read More »

I have returned back to my home

An exiting revelation and a heartfelt expression of thought by two blessed souls, that of Maria from New Plymouth (North Island) and that of Rozalina from Nelson city (South Island) of New Zealand. Maria, daughter of an Anglican New Zealander and of Greek Orthodox mother from the Greek island Kythera, was baptized as an Orthodox Christian in the Annunciation Greek ... Read More »

Monastery of Archangels and St Basil – New Zealand

The Monastery – PART A We are pleased to present the location, the first buildings and future plans for the completion of the first Orthodox Christian Monastery in New Zealand. One can ask, what is the reason for the existence of a monastery? We Orthodox Christians can very easily answer that such a monastery is necessary for one is the ... Read More »

A Drop in the Ocean: The Mission of New Zealand & Fiji

Introduction Not too recently, we at Mode of Life stumbled across an old 2008 Pocket Calendar/Directory of the Holy Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Zealand and Oceania. Upon looking through this particular item we were struck by images and brief citations speaking of the efforts to establish Eastern Orthodox Christian parishes on the islands of Fiji, Samoa and Tonga. In ... Read More »

Occasional Address by His Grace Bishop Iakovos of Miletoupolis (Graduate of St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College)

Dear friends, I stand before you all, deeply honoured and thankful for the kind invitation extended by the Dean of the Sydney College of Divinity, Professor Diane Speed, to offer the Occasional Address at this year’s Graduation Ceremony of the S.C.D. I remember fondly, my own graduation some 15 years ago, in May 1996 from St. Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological ... Read More »