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 affect both Australia and New Zealand, and on any information on Orthodoxy in Oceania.




With Local Bishop

Without Local Bishop

Oriental Orthodox jurisdictions

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With an irregular status

  • Macedonian Orthodox Diocese of Australia and New Zealand: As part of the Macedonian Orthodox Church, this is not in full communion with any of the mainstream Orthodox Churches, and is headed by His Grace Petar, Metropolitan of Australia and New Zealand.
  • Autocephalic Greek Orthodox Church of America and Australia: Formed out of a schism with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia with the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia (GOCSA). This entity is not in communion with any of the mainstream Orthodox Churches. The parishes affiliated with the 'Greek Orthodox Communities of South Australia' (GOCSA) are in this church.
  • Holy Orthodox Metropolis of Australia & Oceania (Serapheimite): Originally parishes who went into schism from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia. This entity currently contains the 6 Australian parishes (and 2 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo) who are under the omophorion of Abp Serapheim of Athens (assisted by auxiliary Metropolitan Christodoulos of Neon Patron). This entity is not in communion with any of the mainstream Orthodox Churches.
  • Holy Synod in Resistance - Diocese of Sydney and New South Wales: This entity, under Metropolitan Cyprian of Oropos and Fili, is not in communion with any of the mainstream Orthodox Churches. Previously headed by His Eminence Chrysostomos, Bishop of Sydney and New South Wales & Exarch of Australia, the current locum tenens is Bp Ambrose of Methone, and consists of four parishes and one monastery. This diocese is not in communion with any of the mainstream Orthodox Churches.


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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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