Priest Seraphim Slade

Fr Seraphim Slade fell asleep in the Lord on 25 December 2018 on the feast of St Herman of Alaska and St Spiridon after complications from  surgery for long-standing illness.

Fr Seraphim was, the first Aboriginal man to become an Orthodox clergyman. He worked for many years as a radio broadcaster in regional communities. He also worked in Aboridignal prison ministry since 2004. He was, for many years, a sub deacon in the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Protection of the Mother of God in Melbourne. He began missionary work to his own Aboriginal people in March 2008, and later that same year, in Canberra, he was ordained to the diaconate on the parish Feast day of the Nativity of St John the Forerunner (7 July 2008). His diaconate did not last long, as he was ordained a priest soon after. In 2009, he established a chapel dedicated to the memory of St John of Shanghai and San Francisco in his home in Gunning and continued to serve there and in Canberra. (more…)

The 8th Teen Retreat of the Australian and New Zealand Diocese

The 2018 Teen Retreat saw almost 60 high school students, from parishes around Australia, travel to Stanwell Tops, south of Sydney, from 16-21 December – the eighth in a series of successful Teen Retreats hosted by different cities of our Diocese.

The highlight of the first day saw the Teen Retreat receiving the Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God as it travelled around the country. A moleben was served in its presence to open the retreat, followed by venerating the icon and a talk from Bishop George of Canberra on the history of the icon. This proved to be a wonderful beginning to the Retreat, followed by Icebreaker games run by Helen Alalikin. As always, it didn’t take long to feel as if the Retreaters had long known each other. (more…)

Priest Seraphim Slade reposed in the Lord

On 25 December 2018, the rector of St John of Shanghai and San Francisco mission in Gunning NSW Priest Seraphim Slade reposed in the Lord following a long illness.

On Friday, 28 December a Divine Liturgy will be served at 8:00am at the Holy Protection Church Cabramatta. The funeral service will be held following the Divine Liturgy.

Memory Eternal.

The Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God arrived in Australia

On Friday, 14 December 2018, His Grace Bishop George of Canberra brought the holy Kursk-root Icon of the Mother of God from New York to the Australian and New Zealand Diocese. At 10am the faithful of Sydney parishes greeted the holy icon at the Diocesan Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul in Strathfield where a moleben was served.

On Saturday, 15 December 2018 and Sunday, 16 December 2018, the holy icon was present at Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral Strathfield for the services which were led by His Grace Bishop George. Co-serving with His Grace were the cathedral clergy protopriest George Lapardin, priest Michael Storozhev and protodeacon Alexander Kotlaroff. (more…)

Завершилось заседание Архиерейского Синода

С 5 по 10 декабря с.г. в Синодальной резиденции Первоиерарха Русской Зарубежной Церкви в Нью-Йорке проходило заседание Архиерейского Синода под председательством митрополита Восточно-Американского и Нью-Йоркского Илариона. Для участия в работе Архиерейского Синода прибыли архиепископы Берлинский и Германский Марк, Сан-Францисский и Западно-Американский Кирилл – Секретарь; Монреальский и Канадский Гавриил и Чикагский и Средне-Американский Петр, епископы Ричмондский и Западно-Европейский Ириней, Сиэтлийский Феодосий, викарий Западно-Американской епархии; Канберрский Георгий, викарий Австралийско-Новозеландской епархии, и Манхэттенский Николай, заместитель секретаря, викарий Восточно-Американской епархии. (more…)

A meeting of the Synod of Bishops concludes

From December 5-10, 2018, the Synodal Residence of the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia hosted a gathering of the Synod of Bishops, chaired by His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York. Participating in this event were: His Eminence Archbishop Mark of Berlin and Germany; His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America, Secretary; His Eminence Archbishop Gabriel of Montreal and Canada; His Eminence Archbishop Peter of Chicago and Mid-America; His Grace Bishop Irenei of Richmond and Western Europe; His Grace Bishop Theodosius of Seattle, Vicar of the Western American Diocese; His Grace Bishop George of Canberra, Vicar of the Diocese of Australia and New Zealand, and His Grace Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, Vicar of the Eastern American Diocese and Deputy Secretary of the Synod of Bishops. (more…)

EPISTLE OF THE SYNOD OF BISHOPS to the Clergy and Flock of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you”(John 14:27).

Having gathered in an expanded session of the Synod of Bishops as we approach the feast day of the Synodal Cathedral of Our Lady “of the Sign” in New York City, we, the bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, warmly greet the clergymen and God-loving flock with the all-diaspora celebration of the Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God “of the Sign”, the “Protectress” of the Russian diaspora. (more…)

Послание Архиерейского Синода клиру и пастве Русской Зарубежной Церкви

«Мир оставляю вам, мир Мой даю вам» (Иоан. 14, 27).

Собравшись в разширенном составе, в преддверии престольного праздника Знаменского Синодального собора г. Нью-Йорка, мы, архиереи Русской Зарубежной Церки, с добрым сердцем приветствуем клир и боголюбивую паству со всезарубежным торжеством – праздником Курско-Коренной иконы Божией Матери, «Путеводительницы» Русского рассеяния. (more…)

Икона Божией Матери ” Знамение” Курская-Коренная посетит Австралийско-Новозеландскую Епархию / The Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God “of the Sign” will visit the Australian and New Zealand Diocese

По благословению Высокопреосвященнейшего митрополита Илариона, Первоиерарха РПЦЗ, в пятницу, 14 декабря 2018, в Австралийско-Новозеландскую епархию пребудет чудотворная икона Божией Матери ” Знамение” Курская-Коренная.

Икона будет посещать все приходы и монастыри епархии. График пребывания иконы здесь.

With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox (more…)

Lecture by Alexander Mramornov on ‘The Church Council of 1917-18’

With the Blessing of Bishop George of Canberra

On Saturday 8 December at 3:00pm (in English) a

Sunday 9 December at 1:00pm (in Russian) (more…)