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Michael (Filimon) of Australia and New Zealand

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Life: Correted grammar.
Maricel Michael Filimon was born on [[January 25]], 1964 into the Orthodox family of John and Ileana Filimon in the County of Galati in Eastern Romania. After completing his basic education through high school, Maricel Michael entered the [[monastery]] of Cemica of the Archdiocese of Bucharest in October 1984. On [[January 7]], 1986, Maricel Michael was [[tonsure]]d and given the name Michael. During the summer of 1986, he transferred to the Monastery of Curtea de Arges. While at the monastery, Michael was [[ordination|ordained]] a [[deacon]] on [[April 18]],1987 and the [[priest]] on [[September 11]], 1988.
In 1987, Fr. Michael was accepted by the graduate theological institute in Sibiu, Transylvania, graduating in 1991. On [[November 8]], 1991, Fr. Michael was elevated to protosingelosprotosyngelos. Also in the autumn 1991, Fr. Michael began doctoral studies under the guidance of Fr. Professor Ioan Ica. During this period, Fr. Michael also was appointed Professor of [[Old Testament|Old]] and [[New Testament]]s at the theological [[seminary]] in Pitesti. In February 1993, he was accepted for postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Philology of the Aristotle University of Thessalonica. Then, on [[June 9]], 1993, he was accepted by the Faculty of Theology where he developed his thesis on "Orthodox Catholic Church's Catechetical Ministry in Romania in the Twentieth Century".
Fr. Michael was elevated to the dignity of [[archimandrite]] on [[January 22]], 1995. On [[October 1]], 1999, Fr. Michael was appointed lecturer at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Pitesti. Then, on [[April 23]], 2003, Archimandrite Michael joined the monastic community of the [[Holy Ascension Romanian Orthodox Monastery (Detroit, Michigan)|Holy Ascension Monastery]] in Detroit, Michigan in the United States of America.
On [[July 8]], 2003, Fr. Michael was elected as the new [[abbot]] of the monastery which . His election was confirm confirmed and blessed by Abp. [[Nathaniel (Popp) of Detroit|Nathaniel (Popp)]] of the [[Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America (OCA)|Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America]] on [[July 24]], 2003. It was during the leadership of Abbot Michael that the monastery acquired property from the [[St. Andrew House Center for Orthodox Christian Studies|St. Andrew Center for Christian Studies]] in 2005 for the monastery brotherhood.
On [[January 1]], 2008, Archim. Michael was called by Patriarch [[Daniel (Ciobotea) of Romania|Daniel of Romania]] to return to Bucharest to be an Administrative Assistant to the Archdiocese of Bucharest. This was at the time the Romanian Orthodox Patriarchate established for the Romanian community of Australia an eparchy of the territory of Australia and New Zealand. The Eparchy of Australia and New Zealand was formally founded with the election on [[March 5]], 2008 of Archimandrite Michael (Filimon) as the first ruling bishop.

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