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…)

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…)

Australian and New Zealand 7th Annual Russian Orthodox Teen Retreat

Forty five teenagers aged 13-17 travelled from all over Australia to attend the 7th Annual Russian Orthodox Teen Retreat held this year from December 17-22 at Stanwell Tops Conference Centre.

Hosted this year by the Sydney Parishes, the retreat was also attended by local and visiting clergy, guest speakers and supervisors. (more…)

Invitation to the Annual Australian & New Zealand Diocesan Teen Retreat 2017 – Sydney

The 6th Diocesan Teen Retreat Concluded

From 19-23 December, 2016, the Diocesan Teen Retreat was held on the Sunshine Coast in southeast Queensland, with the blessing of Metropolitan Hilarion.

The organising committee, successively headed by Priest John Weir and Priest Andrew Smith, had selected the Sunshine Coast Recreation Centre as the place for just over 50 teens, travelling from near and far, to draw closer to God and develop connections that will last a lifetime. When planning, the successful balance of spiritual with social was maintained – the mornings had talks and discussions from invited guests, the afternoons had organised outdoor activities, while the evenings had enjoyable indoor activities and free time for socialising. (more…)

Diocesan Teen Retreat 2015

teen_retreat_2015_33From 20-24 Dec, the Diocesan Teen Retreat was held on the Sunshine Coast in southeast Queensland, with the blessing of Metropolitan Hilarion and in the presence of Bishop George.

The organising committee, headed by Priest Gabriel Lapardin, had selected Luther Heights as the place for almost 60 teens, travelling from near and far, to draw closer to God and develop connections that will last a lifetime. (more…)

Announcement: ROCOR Teen Retreat 2015 – Sunshine Coast

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Invitation to the 4th Annual Orthodox Teen Retreat

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Orthodox Teens Enjoy Third National Retreat

teen201310More than 40 young people between the ages of 14 and 17 years from many parts of Australia enthusiastically attended the third Teen Retreat organised at the end of 2013 by the Sydney Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR). The organising committee was a team of young people and with the help of clergy they put together a fine, well-catered retreat.

This year’s retreat followed a successful retreat for this age group in 2012 with many of the same young people attending for the third time and encouraging their friends to attend also. (more…)

Announcement: Teen Retreat Timetable 2013 and Registration Closure

The registration for the Teen Retreat 2013 will be closed Sunday, 8 December 2013. Therefore, please hurry and register by clicking here as spots are limited.

Click on the image below for the Teen Retreat timetable

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