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Diocese of Australia and New Zealand (ROCOR)

Diocese of Australia and New Zealand (ROCOR)
Jurisdiction ROCOR
Diocese type Diocese
Founded by 1948
Current bishop Metr. Hilarion
See(s) Sydney
Headquarters Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Territory Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Indonesia
Liturgical language(s) Slavonic, English, Indonesian, Korean
Musical tradition Russian Chant
Calendar Julian
Population estimate 158,506

(Census 2001)

Official website Diocese of Aust. & NZ
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The Diocese of Sydney, Australia and New Zealand, headquartered in Sydney, is a diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. Its current primate is His Eminence Hilarion (Kapral), both First Hierarch of ROCOR and Archbishop of Sydney, Australia and New Zealand, and it has been administered by His Grace George (Schaefer), Bishop of Canberra, since 2015.


  • The first Russian parish established in Australia and New Zealand was St. Nicholas Church (now Cathedral), Brisbane, in 1926.
  • The first ROCOR bishop of Australia and New Zealand was Bp Theodore (Rafalsky), 1948-55.


The Diocese of Australia and New Zealand is a diocese within the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. It is headed by the First Hierarch, Metropolitan Hilarion, and administered by Bishop George of Canberra. Within the diocese, there are various deans who are in charge of one or more geographic areas. Within this structure are a number of Deaneries, which - given the size of the diocese - are important in the running of the Diocese:

  • Mitred Archpriest Michael Protopopov, Chancellor of the Diocese, and dean of Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia (11 parishes and missions)
  • Mitred Archpriest Nikita Chemodakov, dean of New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory (11 parishes and missions)
  • Archpriest Gabriel Makarov, dean of Queensland (6 parishes and missions)
  • Archpriest Vladimir Boikov, dean of New Zealand (4 parishes and missions)
  • Priest Paul (Kang), head of the Korean Orthodox Mission (1 parish).
  • Parishes in Indonesia (~7 parishes and missions)

Additionally, the Diocese had a number of monasteries:

The Episcopacy


  • Metropolitan Hilarion (Kapral) of New York and Eastern America, Archbishop of Sydney, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Bishop George (Schaefer), Bishop of Canberra, Vicar Bishop of the Diocese of Australia and New Zealand.

Hierarchs in Australia

Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of ROCOR, Archbishop of Sydney, Australia & New Zealand

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