Seraphim Slade

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Rev. Fr Seraphim Raymond Slade was a priest in the Diocese of Australia and New Zealand in the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. He was noted as the first Indigenous Australian ordained to the priesthood in the Orthodox Church, and as the founder of the Australian Indigenous Orthodox Mission.

Biographical Sketch

  • Worked for many years as a radio broadcaster in regional communities.
  • Served as a Subdeacon within the ROCOR Diocese. He served in Hobart, leading reader services and supporting the parish, and in Melbourne at the Protection Cathedral.
  • 2004: Began working in Aboriginal prison ministry.
  • 2008 March: Began missionary work among the Aboriginal people.
  • 2008 July 7: Ordained to the diaconate in Canberra.
  • 2009 Jan 22: Ordained to the priesthood in Melbourne.
  • Particularly in his final years, Fr Seraphim had a long-standing illness. He underwent surgery in December 2018, but as a result of complications, he reposed on 25 December 2018. He was survived by his matushka, Helen.