Australian jurisdictions without a local bishop

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This article seeks to serve as a catch-all point for the jurisdictions in Australia who are small enough to not warrant a resident bishop - both current (Bulgarian Orthodox Diocese and Moscow Patriarchal parishes) and former (Orthodox Church in America and Polish Orthodox Church Abroad).

Consistory of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Australia and New Zealand

Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese in the USA, Canada and Australia

  • Number of Parishes: Three in Australia.
  • Hierarch: Metropolitan Joseph of the USA, Canada and Australia.
  • Began: First parish in 1950.
  1. Sydney: St John of Rila Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Church. [1][2]
  2. Melbourne: Sts Cyril and Methodius Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Church. [3]
  3. Adelaide: St Petka Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Church. [4]

Moscow Patriarchate in Australia

  • Number of Parishes: Two in Australia.
  • Hierarch: Bishop Mark of Yegoryevsk, Head of Special Secretariat of the Patriarchal Chancellery for Administration of Patriarchal Establishments Outside the Patriarchal Territories.[1]
  • Began: First parish in 1988.
  1. Sydney: Holy Protection Orthodox Church, Blacktown. Established 1988. [5]
  2. Melbourne: Russian Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, Oakleigh. Established 1989. [6]
  3. Newcastle: Parish of the Theophany, Mayfield West. Established 1996, since closed (c.2010)

Orthodox Church in Ukraine in Australia

  • Number of Parishes: 5
  • Began: 6th January 2019
  • Orthodox Church of Ukraine - Former 'Kyivan Patriarchate': Part of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, with 5 parishes in Sydney, Newcastle, Adelaide and Brisbane.
  • With the Decision of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople 11/10/18 starting from Patriarch Philaret and Metropolitan Makary all anathemas, defrokments & excommunication were uplifted and all clergy under them restored to canonical status. On the 15/12/2018 the new head of the church Metropolitan Epiphanios was elected by the united Sobor of bishops assembly. Autocephaly and Tomos to the Ukrainian church was officially handed to the Metropolitan of Kyiv and all Ukraine Epiphanios on January 6th 2019 in Constantinople by the Ecumenical Patriarch.

Orthodox Church in America - Parishes in Australia

main article: Parishes in Australia (OCA)

  • Number of Parishes: None.
  • Began: 1971, in ROCOR schism.
  1. Sydney: St Nicholas Orthodox Church, Bankstown. Parish left ROCOR for OCA in 1971, and canonically transferred to the Antiochian Archdiocese in 2001.
  2. Brisbane: Holy Annunciation Orthodox Church, Woolloongabba. Priest left ROCOR in 1971, began a new OCA parish in 1974; parish canonically transferred to ROCOR in 2009.
  3. Sydney: Australian Orthodox Fraternity of St Michael, Homebush. Laypeople left ROCOR in 1971, and began a new OCA parish. Parish canonically transferred to the Serbian Diocese in 2011.
  • Ended: 2011.

Polish Orthodox Church in Australia

  • Number of Parishes: none.
  • Began: 1969, with two priests who left ROCOR and were received as priests in the Polish Orthodox Church Abroad (under the Ecumenical Patriarchate).
  • Ended: Uncertain; however, both priests became priests of OCA parishes.

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