DIOCESE OF AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND: December 24, 2012
Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York Arrives in Australia
Arriving in Australia on Sunday, December 23, 2012, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, celebrated Divine Liturgy in Strathfield's SS Peter and Paul Cathedral. He was joined by the cathedral's Senior Priest, Protopriest George Lapardin and Protodeacon Alexander Kotliaroff. At the end of the service, the cathedral's sisterhood offered a reception in honor of the Primate of the Russian Church Abroad, who remained the Ruling Bishop of the diocese even after his election in 2008.