Orthodoxy in Australasia

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From the first Divine Liturgy celebrated at Kirribilli Point (Sydney) in 1820, New Zealand's first priest in 1910, Australia's first Exarch in 1913, and Australia and New Zealand's first bishop in 1924, right to the present day, Orthodoxy in Australasia has a short history that is extremely undocumented and, therefore, largely unseen.

Previously, this article was a clearinghouse of information and links regarding the history and state of Orthodox Christianity in Australia and New Zealand; however, this article is now focused on Orthodoxy and any things that effect both Australia and New Zealand, and on any information on Orthodoxy in Oceania.




With Local Bishop

Without Local Bishop

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With an irregular status

  • Macedonian Orthodox Diocese of Australia and New Zealand: As part of the Macedonian Orthodox Church, this diocese is not in full communion with any of the mainstream Orthodox Churches. This diocese is headed by His Grace Petar, Metropolitan of Australia and New Zealand.
  • Greek Orthodox Church of America and Australia: Formed out of a schism with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia; this diocese is not in communion with any of the mainstream Orthodox Churches. This diocese was headed by His Grace Paul, Bishop of Christianoupolis, before coming under the old calendarist Archbishop Auxentios II of Athens. The parishes affiliated with the 'Greek Orthodox Communities of South Australia' (GOCSA) are in this church.
  • Holy Orthodox Metropolis of Australia & Oceania - Holy Synod of the Church of Greece (OC): Originally community churches in disagreement with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia. For a time these parishes were part of the Autocephalic Greek Orthodox Church of America and Australia. The Metropolis currently contains the parishes who did not leave the omophorion of Abp Serafeim, and remains under His Beatitude Abp Serafeim of Athens (assisted by auxiliary Metropolitan Christodoulos of Neon Patron]] - 6 parishes or communities in Australia and 4 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Although this Metropolis is not in communion with any of the mainstream Orthodox Churches, they are recognised by the Greek Government as they are ecclesiastically under the Holy Synod Of the Church of Greece (Patristic Calendar), who are registered & recognised as an Orthodox ecclesiastical church body by the Greek Government. By decree and issuing of a TOMOS by the Holy Synod in Greece (Protocol no. 134 31/1/2012) the newly formed Metropolis & Parishes in Australia under 'economia' are allowed to follow the Gregorian calendar, with some new parishes also being established which will follow the Julian Calendar. There are also also parishes & communities of the Metropolis in Victoria & South Australia.
  • Holy Synod in Resistance - Diocese of Sydney and New South Wales: This diocese, under Metropolitan Cyprian of Oropos and Fili, is Old Calendarist, and therefore not in communion with any of the mainstream Orthodox Churches. This diocese, consisting of two parishes, was headed by His Eminence Chrysostomos, Bishop of Sydney and New South Wales, Exarch of Australia, until his 2010 repose.


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Parishes in Australasia and Oceania Flag of the United States
States and Territories of Australia Australian Capital Territory | New South Wales | Northern Territory |
Queensland | South Australia | Tasmania | Victoria | Western Australia
Islands and Territories of New Zealand North Island | South Island | Stewart Island | Tokelau
Countries in Melanesia East Timor | Fiji | New Caledonia | Papua New Guinea | Solomon Islands | Vanuatu
Countries in Micronesia Guam | Kiribati | Marshall Islands | Federated States of Micronesia | Nauru | Northern Mariana Islands | Palau
Countries in Polynesia American Samoa | Cook Islands | French Polynesia | Niue | Pitcairn | Samoa | Tonga | Tuvalu | Wallis and Futuna Islands

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