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St. John the Baptist Skete (Kentlyn, New South Wales)

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Hmk Joachim
===Hmk Joachim===
In 1999 Hieromonk Joachim received a canonical release from the [[Serbian Orthodox Dioceses of Church in Australia and New Zealand|Serbian Orthodox Church]] to the ROCOR. He was invited by the current diocesan bishop, Archbishop [[Hilarion (Kapral) of Sydney]], to rebuild the Kentlyn Skete and restore coenobitic monastic life, as well as to provide a base for missionary work amongst anglophonic Australians.
With the help of a very small group of faithful volunteers, the early 2000s saw four and a half years of work to clear the neglected grounds of decades of rubbish and undergrowth, and the Skete building secured and made temporarily habitable and weatherproof. There is now modest accommodation, an office, dining room and, most importantly, a prayer room or chapel where the monastic labour of the Hours of prayer according to the typicon of the Orthodox Church are said daily.
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