Pastoral Conference of the Australian Diocese
Wednesday, 29 October, a Diocesan Pastoral Conference was
held at the residence of the ruling bishop of the Australian-New
Zealand Diocese in Croydon. Of the 55 clergymen of the Diocese,
24 were in attendance.
Before the beginning of the Conference, Protopriest Michael
Protopopov and Protodeacon Boris Evstigneev conducted a service
of supplication before the Harbin and Akhtyrka Icons of the
Mother of God at the Bishop's chapel.
His Eminence Archbishop Hilarion opened the Conference, stating
that the topic of the meeting was the matter of the interrelationship
with the Church in Russia (the Moscow Patriarchate), and also
welcomed the honorary guests--His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus,
His Grace Bishop Gabriel of Manhattan and Protodeacon Joseph
The Conference lasted approximately 6 hours. All the Conferees
had the possibility to express their opinions, ask questions
and share their thoughts.
The Conference considered the following topics: the historical
path of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, the
situation in China in 1938, the document published by the
Council of Bishop of the Moscow Patriarchate of 2000, the
"Social Concept of the Russian Orthodox Church,"
the participation of the Moscow Patriarchate in the Ecumenical
movement, the notion of the "Mother Church," contemporary
parish life of the Church in Russia and the participation
of laypersons in church life.
At the end of the Conference, the following Resolution was
accepted, and Archbishop Hilarion thanked all the participants
for their brotherly earnestness.
of the Pastoral Conference of the Australian Diocese
We, the clergy of the Diocese of Australia and New Zealand
of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, having gathered
on Wednesday, 16/29 October 2003 in Sydney, under the chairmanship
of the Ruling Bishop of the Diocese, Archbishop Hilarion and
in the presence of the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox
Church Outside of Russia, His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus,
and the Secretary of the Synod of Bishops, His Grace Bishop
Gabriel of Manhattan, to discuss the reasons for the convening
of the forthcoming All-Diaspora Pastoral Conference in New
York, express the following opinions:
1. We, members of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia,
never separated ourselves and do not separate ourselves from
either the Russian people or from the Russian Orthodox Church,
but are, on the basis of Ukase No 362 of Holy Patriarch Tikhon
and his Synod, in a state of temporary self-governance.
2. We consider that the time has arrived for all the parts
of the Local Russian Church to draw together and return to
the principles and spirit of the All-Russian Local Council
of 1917-1918 by means of negotiations.
3. In light of the fact that many years have passed since
the time of the All-Russian Local Council, many problems have
arisen which need to be exhaustively examined and we must
return to the canonical norms of conciliar Church life. We
feel that this process must be conducted in the spirit of
truth, Christian love and mutual understanding.
4. We pray the Lord God for the successful labors of the forthcoming
All-Diaspora Pastoral Conference and Council of Bishops for
the general benefit of the Church.
Protopriest Michael Klebansky
Protopriest John Stukacz
Protopriest Michael Protopopov
Protopriest Michael Konstantinoff
Protopriest Nikita Chemodakov
Protopriest Nikolai Karipoff
Protopriest Gabriel Makarov
Protopriest Nicholas Dalinkiewicz
Protopriest Alexander Morozov
Protopriest Michael Boikov
Protopriest Sergei Okunev
Protopriest George Lapardin
Priest Boris Ignatievsky
Priest Vladimir Tsukanov
Priest Daniel Metlenko
Priest James Carles
Hieromonk John MacPherson
Priest George Robinson
Protodeacon Joseph Jaroschuk
Priest Boris Evstigneev
Priest Basil Yakimov
Priest Nicholas Triantafillidis
Deacon Vadim Gan
Deacon John Bots