Welcome to the Russian Church in Geelong!

The Assumption lent has come. This is a strict but short lent (two weeks). On Friday 19 August is the feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord; after the liturgy there will be a blessing of fruits.

On Wednesday 17 August at 6 pm, there will be a catechism class with Father Yaroslav in the parish library.

On the feast of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin, on Sunday 28 August is the patronal feast of our church in Dandenong. According to ancient custom, we will go to the liturgy in Dandenong, where Vladyka George, Bishop of Canberra, will serve.

The day before, on Saturday the 27th, we will have a vigil, but we will not have a liturgy on the holiday.

If anyone needs to get in touch or talk to Father Yaroslav, feel free to call him:

0405847152

In our troubled times, we are forced to install surveillance cameras for the security of our temple.

At the end of May, 7 surveillance cameras were installed – one inside the church, and six on the territory, including the parking lot. Thus, all the doors to the temple, to the parish hall, to the kitchen and to the school are covered by the cameras. All cameras work around the clock and record everything that happens. Only the rector of the parish, the warden and four other members of the parish council have access to the video. If necessary (we hope that this will never happen), it will be possible to show the police or insurance agent what was recorded on our surveillance cameras. Naturally, all filmed remains in strict confidentiality.

Surveillance cameras are modern, high resolution. And the cost of this project is not cheap – 12,500 dollars.

We are now appealing to all our parishioners and pilgrims with a request to help cover this considerable, but necessary cost for the security of our church.

Donations can be made in cash at our church, or by transfer directly to our parish account:

Commonwealth Bank          Russian Orthodox Church Abroad Geelong 

BSB 063551                          Account no 10508449

Catechism classes for adults

Next classes will be on Wednesday 17 August at 6 pm in our parish hall. We will held catechism classes on Wednesdays (except feast days).

A Brief History of the Parish

Russian Immigrants began to settle in the city of Geelong in 1948. From German camps, fearing repatriation to the Soviet Union, our forefathers set off for Australia and some of them made there way to our city. Their numbers were small but their faith was strong and it wasn’t long before they invited a priest to serve. The first service was served at the end of 1950 in an Anglican Church hall, with the official date of the establishment of the Parish being the 1st of April 1952.

In 1955 the Russian community in the city consisted of 35 families. There were also Orthodox from other nationalities – Greeks and Serbs. Within this small group of faithful there was a great desire to have their own church temple. Fundraising was begun for the building of a church and out of their meagre means people donated  for the common goal each according to their means. In the beginning they purchased the land and very quickly built a shed in which were served Devine services and various fundraising events. Already in November 1955 the foundation stone for the new temple was layed and blessed. From their meagre funds, building materials were purchased and the parishioners, with their own hands, worked on their days off on the building of the church. The building works were completed in 1962. In timing with the completion of the church, a new wave of Australian immigration opened up from China. Many of these immigrants found themselves in Geelong. The new arrivals were delighted to have the opportunity to attend the church and to also have the use of the shed in which they established a school. Parish life thrived.

The church temple was consecrated in 1968. In 1979 the shed was removed and a hall and school were built. At the turn of the century problems were found with the roof of the church. In conjunction with the renovations of the roof a decision was made to renovate the interior of the church. A new iconostasis was erected and new frescos painted. The interior work isn’t complete: a few icons to complete the set of the 12 major Feasts, a new Table of Oblation, candle and icon stands still need to be commissioned.

Priests of our Parish

Protopriest Alexander Zhidko-Bazilevich (1896-1981). Father Alexander was the rector from the official establishment of the Parish in 1952 (he served regularly from 1951) until 1957.

Abbot Dimitri (Obuhov) (1906-1982). Rector from 1959 to 1962.

Protopresbyter Nicholas Ostyanko (1926-1986). Rector from 1962 to 1969.

Protopriest Vladimir Evsukov (1942-1980). Rector from 1969 to 1975.

Protopriest Michael Protopopov (1944-). Rector from 1976 to 1982.

Protopriest Alexander Morozow (1953-). Rector from 1982 to 1983.

Priest Oleg Smirnov (1937-). Rector from 1983-1984.

Protopriest Gabriel Makarov (1958-). Rector from 1984 to 1998.

Protopriest Simeon Kichakov (1950-2018). Rector from 1998 to 2017.

Protopriest Yaroslav Belikow (1962-). Rector from 2019 to present.

Upcoming services

Thursday 18 August 18 at 6 pm: Vigil.

Friday 19 August at 8:30 am: Liturgy – Transfiguration of the Lord; after the liturgy – blessing of fruits.

Saturday 20 August at 6:00 pm: Vespers.

Sunday 21 August at 8:30 am: Liturgy.