Cherishing the Faith

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The Antiochian Orthodox Church in Victoria, 1889 -2006

Cherishing the Faith

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The Antiochian Orthodox Church in Victoria, 1889 -2006

This is the story of the migration and settlement in Victoria, Australia of people from one of the oldest Christian churches in the world: the Antiochian Orthodox Church. It traces the growth of the Antiochian Orthodox community from its beginnings in the l880’s to the present.

The story begins before the arrival of an Orthodox priest when the pioneer settlers would read prayer hooks and chant services in their homes and later in the Mission Hall in Spring Street, Melbourne.

Then came the establishment in 1932 of St Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church in East Melbourne, which became the spiritual home of the Orthodox from Lebanon and elsewhere in the Middle East. St Nicholas was also the first place of worship for Russian Orthodox as well as Orthodox from other Eastern European countries.

The second church, St George's, Thornbury, was opened in 1972 and soon became one of the largest Orthodox churches in Melbourne. Following the appointment of Metropolitan Archbishop Paul Saliba in 1999 other churches and missions were quickly established throughout Melbourne.

You will meet some of the major figures in the story of Antiochian Orthodoxy in Victoria. These include Katarr Keamy, the lay father of Orthodoxy in Melbourne, Archimandrite Antonios Mobayed, the spiritual father of Antiochian Orthodoxy in Victoria, Archpriest Father George Nasr, the longest serving priest in the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese in Australia and many others.

You will see the impact of Metropolitan Paul on the growth and development of the Church, not only in Victoria but also in Australia and New Zealand. You will note the attraction of the Church to converts, both lay and religious, during the 1990’s and beyond and the impact this is having on the Church as a whole.

A major theme to emerge from this history are the endeavours of generations of lay people as they cherished their faith, founded churches, supported priests and ensured the establishment of the Church in Victoria.

This work will interest members of the Antiochian Orthodox Church and the wider Eastern Orthodox Church as it is telling their story. It will also appeal to those with an interest in migration and the impact of different cultural groups on Australian society. Students of religion in Australia will also find much to challenge them in this work on the religious settlement of one particular group of Christians in this country.

Colour cover, 170 x 240mm, b&w photos and colour photos throughout, 225 pages, soft cover.

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Author Trevor Batrouney
Pages 225
Cover Soft
Width (mm) 170
Height (mm) 240

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