Parishes in Australia (OCA)

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The Orthodox Church in America - Parishes in Australia is the grouping applied to the churches who, in 1971, left ROCOR and asked to be taken under the OCA's protection. It is directly under the Metropolitan of the OCA (currently Metropolitan Herman), and has two churches in Australia.

Parishes in Australia
Jurisdiction OCA
Diocese type Administrative District
Founded 1971
Current bishop Metr. Herman, administrator
See(s) n/a
Headquarters Syosset, New York State, USA
Territory Qld and NSW, Australia
Liturgical language(s) Slavonic and English
Musical tradition Russian Chant
Calendar Revised Julian, Julian
Population estimate unknown
Official website Parishes in Australia


Some history is provided on the OCA Parish Listing for St. Michael Orthodox Church

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The OCA Parishes in Australia is an administrative grouping of two churches.

  • Holy Annunciation Orthodox Church, Woolloongabba, Queensland.
  • St. Michael Orthodox Church, Homebush, New South Wales.

Other information

Originally, three parishes were formed out of this split in ROCOR: the above two, and a third, St Nicholas Orthodox Church, Bankstown, New South Wales, led by Archimandrite Veniamin. However, this church has since moved to the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand, while continuing to use Church Slavonic in the Liturgy and to follow the Julian (Old) Calendar.

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The Episcopacy

Current Episcopacy

  • Metropolitan Herman (Swaiko) of Washington and New York, administrator of the parishes in Australia.

Previous Bishops

  • Sylvester (Haruns), Archbishop of Montreal and Canada, 1963-1981, administrator of the parishes in Australia, 1972-1981.

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